Countdown to The Draft
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By: Will Burge
A practice to forget – Tuesday was one of the worst offensive practices since training camp started. The amount of mistakes was astounding. Brandon Weeden was intercepted multiple times, passes were thrown behind receivers, and there were at least 8-10 drops.
Montario Hardesty dropped a TD pass on a wheel route, Chris Ogbonnaya dropped a check down pass, and Greg Little dropped an easy out route just to name a few. The practice was moved inside the field house because of rain which did not give much room to maneuver with 90 players on the practice field. Once drills started, however, that can’t be used as an excuse.
Audition for the cheddar heads – Pat Shurmur said after practice that Colt McCoy will be the second quarterback into the game again on Thursday against Green Bay. There has been speculation that the Packers could be interested in McCoy as a potential back-up to Aaron Rodgers since Matt Flynn left town.
Could the Browns be “showcasing” McCoy to a potential trade partner on Thursday night? Both teams run the west coast offense with the same verbiage for plays and basic elements in the pass attack. It would be an easy transition for McCoy and would give the Packers a little insurance at the quarterback position.
A popular new face – The Browns claimed defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron off of waivers from the Chicago Bears. He will not only make the team, but will most likely be a part of the rotation at his position now that Scott Paxson is sidelined with an injury. The Browns, despite drafting two DT’s, are currently extremely thin on the defensive line.
According to multiple reports, Cameron was a popular man on the waiver wire. Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reported the Lions, Texans, Eagles and Giants all put in a claim on the former Old Dominion stand out.
Return to practice and maybe the game – Mohamed Massaquoi and Marcus Benard both returned to practice today and seemed to be full go. Both participated in 11 on 11 drills which usually would mean they are cleared for any type of contact. Pat Shurmur said after practice that they both might play on Thursday night.
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