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Eyes on Berea: 7-28-12

Jul 28, 2012 -- 12:18pm

By: Will Burge

In the public eye – Today was the first day that training camp was open to the public and 2,937 fans showed up to watch what Pat Shurmur called “their team”.

Early on, in wide receiver drills, Josh Gordon caught a ball down the sidelines and it was met with loud cheers. Gordon was surprised by the reaction.

“It was different, it being a practice, totally different,” said Gordon. “It felt welcoming. It felt like a place that I definitely want to call home.”

The crowd also went crazy for a deep pass down the sidelines to Greg Little for a touchdown.

The learning curveBrandon Weeden was obviously frustrated with himself a few times during practice. The first two days open to the media have not been kind to Brandon as the offense is struggling to find its way.

The fact that there are four rookies working with the first unit makes his job very difficult. Weeden rolled out to his left today and tried to hit Greg Little on a deep pass but instead he left it a little short and it was nearly intercepted by TJ Ward.

Weeden also tried to thread the needle on a route up the seam and it was almost picked off by Eric Hagg. As I said yesterday, the defense is always ahead of the offense at this point in the year.

I still own this place – After the Browns rocked the Cleveland sports world yesterday with their reported interest in selling the team, no one would expect current owner Randy Lerner to be anywhere near Berea.

This is still Lerner’s property and kudos to him for showing up to watch training camp today. He stood with team president Mike Holmgren in the middle of the practice field and took in the action.

How about that depth? – We found out today that Ahtyba Rubin will be out a few more weeks and was placed in the physically unable to perform list along with Phil Taylor and fullback Eddie Williams. We also found out that Evan Moore was placed on the PUP list for a non-football related injury. Good thing for the Browns they have depth at both the defensive line position, with the drafting of John Hughes and Billy Winn, and at the tight end position, with Ben Watson and Jordan Cameron.

I asked Josh Cribbs, who has seen quite a bit here in Cleveland, if this was the deepest the roster has ever been during his tenure. He replied emphatically, “Yes!”


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