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By: Will Burge
Weeden’s wild – Brandon Weeden, who is still taking the majority of the reps with the 1st team offense, had a rough day on the practice field. He had some over-throws, some under-throws, and some passes that went off the hands of defenders.
TJ Ward jumped a deep slant route that was intended for Mohammad Massaquoi and dropped the interception. Weeden waited a split second too long to throw the football. Also, for the first time since he arrived in Cleveland, Weeden had a pass batted at the line of scrimmage. Scott Paxson, who is replacing Phil Taylor on the defensive line currently, batted Weeden’s pass into the air and then intercepted it while the rest of the defense erupted into cheers.
At this point in the off-season the defense is always ahead of the offense and has most of the plays and routes memorized. Still, Weeden was a little errant with his passes today.
Sloppy practice – Pat Shurmur made reference to the fact that practice got a little sloppy in his press conference. I counted five drops by the wide receivers. Mohammad Massaquoi had one, Rod Windsor had one, Greg Little had two, and Travis Benjamin had one. Benjamin also muffed a punt in special teams’ drills.
There were numerous times that the defensive line jumped off sides in 11 on 11 drills and multiple players were pulled off to the side and received some extra “coaching” for mental mistakes.
Hands on coaching – The one thing that really stands out about Pat Shurmur and his staff this season is how “hands-on” they are with the team. Shurmur spent a few plays lining up at wide receiver this afternoon in drills. He is slow off the line but runs pretty crisp routes. He kind of reminds me of Jerry Rice late in his career. (Joking of course)
Also, Nolan Cromwell, who was brought in to be a special assistant to the offense and help out with the wide receivers is never afraid to mix it up. We have seen him jump right in on blocking drills and today he was trying to punch the ball out of Travis Benjamin’s hands for about 30 seconds after one wide receiver drill.
Welcome to the party pal – There were two new faces at OTAs this afternoon. Ohio State OL JB Shugarts and DB Johnson Bademosi were in Berea for the first time since rookie-camp. Both are undrafted free agents and the new CBA says that anyone still enrolled in school cannot attend OTAs or mini-camps. Both these young men’s colleges have a “quarters” schedule which had them in school later than others who arrived about 3 weeks ago.
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