By: Will Burge
Coming on strong – Brandon Weeden has had back-to-back strong days at training camp and today was his best yet. I tracked his passes and unofficially had him at 18-23 on the day with no interceptions.
Weeden was 6-8 in 7 on 7 drills and 12-15 in 11 on 11 drills. He looked decisive, delivered passes with confidence, and tested the secondary of the defense time and time again. Josh Gordon, Mohammad Massaquoi, and Greg Little were all on the receiving end of 15+ yards passes today.
His lone bad decision was in a one minute drill with three seconds left on the clock. The offense was at eight yard line and Weeden threw a swing pass to Montario Hardesty. He was knocked out at the three by D’Qwell Jackson. After practice, Pat Shurmur called that a teachable moment and said the ball has to be thrown into the end zone.
Giving the world a scare – Trent Richardson participated for about an hour in practice and then mysteriously did not return to action. He stood on the sidelines, kept his helmet on, and did not enter any drills. After practice Pat Shurmur said that he was dealing with a headache and tried to tough it out but they eventually told him to just take the rest of practice off.
In his place, Montario Hardesty got the reps with the first team offense and made the most of his opportunity. He has been a pleasant surprise so far in camp and looks determined to make up for two lost years in the NFL.
Coming back and moving back – Evan Moore and Ahtyba Rubin returned to practice from the PUP list today but by rule they have to stay limited for three days. Moore was in walk-through’s with the first team offense but Rubin only lightly hit a sled and ran sprints in the end zone.
Scott Fujita, who is facing a three game suspension to start the year, was moved to second team today to get some other linebackers reps with the 1’s. Chris Gocong moved to the strong side and Kaluka Maiava played the weak.
The sale is final – News broke that the sale of the Browns is final during Pat Shurmur’s post practice press conference. This sent all the media and public relations staff into a frenzy as everyone was trying to gather information.
Pat Shurmur was very strong in his stance that he is not worried about the ownership change.
“I have no fear,” said Shurmur. “I have no fear about any of that. Because I trust my coaches and I trust the players. I’ve watched the work they’ve done…and I have no fear. I think we’re moving full steam ahead. That doesn’t bother me one bit.”
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