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Cleveland Browns Training Camp Recap: Day 1 - 2018 starts off like a new beginning

A new sense of excitement was in the air Thursday as the Cleveland Browns opened the gates to fans in Berea Genard Avery Jersey , officially beginning their 2018 training camp. Practices take place in the afternoon all camp long, with player interview sessions taking place earlier in the day.The way our training camp reports work is this: for any practices that we cannot attend (such at today), I read through all of the local media members’ tweets and recaps from the day, and I create one cumulative recap of what all of the topics of the day were.Cleveland Browns Training Camp Report - Day 1 (7/26/18)1. Hard Knocks’ Presence: If you come to training camp this year, you will be met with a disclaimer sign that upon entering the facility, you understand that you could be taped and appear in footage on the show (likely as a fan in the background of the action).Beyond that, fans will certainly notice the extra crew members in their Hard Knocks attire, and a boom mike hovering over players’ heads to capture audio. The players have to play it a bit cool at times, but you know that the crew being there has to be something they are subconsciously thinking about.Zac Jackson of The Athletic said, “Whoever said ‘you won’t even notice the Hard Knocks cameras’ was flat out lying — they’re everywhere.”2. Fan Experience Upgrades: There have been several key changes made to training camp from a fan’s perspective this year.According to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan, the Browns have “a new video camera system to film practice,” which means the large orange lifts are now gone. That will be useful for fans who used to stand in certain areas, but were told they had to clear a perimeter around the lift for safety reasons.Additionally, the VIP Grandstand Tent has been moved to an end zone near the indoor facility. That allowed the team to install even more bleachers alongside the field in that area.Lastly, these awesome life-size bobbleheads are available for fans to pose and take pictures with. They include Joe Thomas, Bernie Kosar, Otto Graham, and Lou Groza.3. Family on Three! OK, let’s get into practice itself, shall we? The team gathered for a huddle after stretching, ending with “Family on Three!” Perhaps the most amusing part of the clip is the fact that WR Jarvis Landry goes up to fourth-string QB Brogan Roback, and the two seem to have a special handshake together.4. No Matter Where it Goes: We always like to point out certain drills that are unique during training camp. After all, if you’ve ever been to training camp, you’ll know that there is actually very little 11-on-11 action to speak of — most of the work involves position drills. This drill shows the running backs working on their hands as their coach intentionally shuffles the ball any which spot from close range.What about Duke Johnson’s hands? Much like training camp last year, the early word is that Johnson was seeing a lot of work with the actual receivers.5. Turn and Bang, There it is: Browns fans have seen many quarterbacks come and go, so there is a greater appreciation for something even as simple of a pass hitting a receiver in his hands right out of a break, like QB Tyrod Taylor did to WR Jarvis Landry here:Speaking of Landry, the team’s No. 1 receiver (since WR Josh Gordon did not report) is definitely looking to make headlines in Cleveland. Since our record is 0-0, you have to smile, laugh, and be intrigued all at the same time by this quote that Landry made to Sports Illustrated:6. QB Depth Chart: It is only Day 1, but the quarterback depth chart was like this in practice: 1) Tyrod Taylor, 2) Baker Mayfield, 3) Drew Stanton. Mayfield was getting rave reviews for his first day of practice, first hitting WR Antonio Callaway in stride for this long bomb:When 11-on-11 drills began, Mayfield found WR Rashard Higgins for a long touchdown pass, per those in attendance.7. Offensive Line Reps: As expected, camp started with Shon Coleman receiving first-team reps at left tackle. The bigger questions were about where Austin Corbett and Greg Robinson lined up. Robinson was the second-team left tackle, while Corbett was next to him as the second-team left guard. Corbett did see some work at left tackle late, but with the third-team offense.8. The Big Wheel: Well this one is definitely a new drill, with players engaging wheels being thrown at them. Do any of our users in the comments section want to explain what the purpose of this drill is? Hat tip to Lane Adkins of The OBR cracking a joke that each one represents the losses of Hue Jackson’s club a year ago.9. It Doesn’t Count, But Still: The Browns’ defense was offsides, giving QB Tyrod Taylor a free shot downfield, but CB Denzel Ward intercepted the pass. Sure, it doesn’t count, but you still appreciate the rookie (who was running with the first-team defense) making a play on Day 1:10. Another Role for BBC? Interesting to note, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who the Browns’ backup free safety might be this year after Damarious Randall. Per DBN’s Michael Hoag, who was part of the media in Berea today, CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun worked as a second-team safety. The other second-team defensive backs were S Montrel Meander, CB E.J. Gaines, and CB Terrance Mitchell.11. Top Secret RV: Well this is fun!12. Injury Bug: Cleveland saw rookie WR Damion Ratley get carted off the field late in practice with a hip injury. TE Devon Cajuste walked into the fieldhouse with trainers at the end of practice and was later reported to have a concussion. Other players who exited practice early were DL Caleb Brantley (cramps), DL Daniel Ekuale (calf), and WR Derrick Willies (cramps). 13. Brownies, Part I: Former Titans head coach Mike Mularkey was a guest at training camp, visiting with GM John Dorsey. … CB T.J. Carrie was one of the starting cornerbacks on Day 1. … The two defensive tackles with the first-team defense were DT Trevon Coley and DT Jamie Meder. … WR Corey Coleman did drop one long pass, but was getting a lot of work in the short passing game. … The banner on Cleveland’s fieldhouse this year reads “Welcome to the Hardland of America.” … Fans were breaking out in chants of players names, one by one, as they came on to the practice field. … QB Baker Mayfield stayed after practice to sign plenty of autographs:14. Brownies, Part II: Although LB Mychael Kendricks and LB Jamie Collins participated in drills, they sat out of 11-on-11s. … The benefactor of that was rookie LB Genard Avery, who then got some run with the first-team defense. … The Puppy Pound is back for another year, and 11 puppies were adopted on Day 1. … In other transaction news, DT Trenton Thompson begins camp on the PUP list with an illness, while FB Marquez Williams was placed on the Did Not Report list, thus opening yet another roster spot. … Practice had great weather and sunshine before the rain clouds and high winds commenced after practice.15. Next Up: Practice continues Friday in Berea, from 3:00 PM to 5:55 PM.10 things to watch in the Browns’ Week 2 match-up and the NFL Welcome to Week 2 of the NFL! This weekly column includes a lot of loose ends leading up to Sunday’s game.Pokorny’s 10 Things to Watch in Week 2 - Browns and the NFL1. Josh Gordon is Gone: I guess it’s a good thing I waited so late to write my column this week, because a lot would’ve changed between Saturday morning and Saturday night with the news of the team saying goodbye to WR Josh Gordon. Last week, we’re talking about it being his first Week 1 game since 2012. By Week 2, the team is moving on for good. I guess it’s an expected end to Gordon’s reign with the team, but it’s just a sad feeling overall. I wanted so badly for Cleveland to have a star player, and he is as talented of a receiver anyone could ever ask for.Assuming he hasn’t had a major relapse, instead of the Browns outright waiving him, they should take the highest compensation package offered. It will likely be a conditional draft pick, contingent upon Gordon not getting into trouble with his new team. I speculated the trade scenario right away, and it wasn’t long before teams came calling:2. Where Do We Go from Here? It’s back to preseason mode. One very good thing we have to fall back on is the fact that WR Jarvis Landry is a stud, so it’s not like the team is without a No. 1 receiver. WR Antonio Callaway is the big benefactor here. He has lights out speed and should be elevated to the starting lineup. WR Rashard Higgins will also see a good amount of action after having a fantastic camp and preseason. This should also open the door for more targets for RB Duke Johnson.The obvious quesiton now is whether this means WR Dez Bryant will become a priority for the Browns. The two sides have been linked together for awhile. At this point, the headlines that come with Bryant may be more trouble than it’s worth Authentic Seth DeValve Jersey , when you can use this opportunity to develop your younger players instead.3. The Importance of the Tie: Back to your regularly scheduled program. After last week’s unexpected tie to begin the season, let’s talk about what that means from a coaching and strategic perspective the rest of the season. A tie is not as bad as you may think. When you are calculating winning percentages, it is based on the following:Win = 1.0Loss = 0.0Tie = 0.5If it helps you make sense of it, the Browns have a record of 0.5 wins - 0 losses. Let’s say the Browns have a great season and win 8 games. Let’s say the Bengals also win 8 games, but lose 8 games. Cleveland would get the tiebreaker over Cincinnati, because they would technically have 8.5 wins, which is greater than 8 wins.4. Strategic Perspective of a Tie: From a strategic perspective, the big thing that Hue Jackson must understand for the rest of the season is possibly settling for another tie if that scenario were to arise. 2 ties end up equaling a win. So let’s say the Browns finish the season with a record of 7-7-2. That means in reality, you could treat their record as 8-7, which is better than any team that would’ve finished .500 in the standings. That could matter for a wildcard spot.Let’s think about this. If the Browns are tied with the Saints in overtime this week, and have the ball at the 50 yard line facing a 4th-and-10 with 1:20 left in the game, what would you want them to do? Instinct may scream at Jackson if he punts the ball, because you are basically giving up the chance to win. But playing for a tie instead of a loss has real value for your positioning in the standings, and I hope it is something he and his staff has at least discussed. Even though two ties doesn’t happen in the NFL, with overtime being shortened to 10 minutes last year, I think it’s only a matter of time before it does happen.5. Fond Saints-Browns Memories: The Browns haven’t had much success since returning to the league in 1999…except when it comes to the New Orleans Saints, a team they have a 4-1 record against during that span. Not only that, but the games have had some of the most memorable moments for the club since 1999. Let’s see the highlights:Their first win in the new era, the Tim Couch Hail Mary in 1999:In 2010, Eric Mangini beat the Saints in a string of impressive wins. It included TWO pick sixes by David Bowens, but also this miraculous fake punt by Reggie Hodges:And then came the Browns’ Week 2 win over the Saints in 2014, when Brian Hoyer found Andrew Hawkins wide open, setting up a game-winning field goal as time expired:6. Coach Miscommunications: On one hand, I don’t want to make a big deal out of miscommunications between the coaches. It makes it seem as though as I’m fishing for reasons for Hue Jackson to be fired. But now, more than ever, Jackson should have a firm grasp of how his personnel is going to be utilized on gameday, and be on the same page as all of his coaches. It is perfectly fine if he makes the ultimate decisions, but why was there a mix-up in how the first play of last week’s game would be called, personnel-wise? (Josh Gordon was involved in a formation that included three tight ends, but Jackson did not want him to start). Also, prior to the game, special teams coordinator Amos Jones said that Antonio Callaway would be the punt returner, and that both he and Jabrill Peppers would be in on kickoffs. Instead, Peppers returned almost all of the punts. Heading into Week 2 now, Jones said, “Coach made that decision. Obviously, we are going to stick behind it as coaches. We are going to do what the hell we are told.” Yes, that is true. Do what you are told, and respect the head coaches’ decision. But also, these miscommunications should not be happening so close to gameday in the first place. If they are happening among the coaches, then no wonder the players are perplexed at times too — to where you have alignment mistakes, or special teams blunders (i.e. Joel Bitonio getting overloaded on the blocked kick in overtime). Get it under control, Hue.7. Jake Burns on Browns Film Review: If you haven’t been following, Jake Burns on @BrownsFilmBDN has been doing an insane amount of work breaking down Browns film all preseason and now in Week 1. In the Twitter moment below, he looked at 60 plays from Week 1 alone! I have to admit, it has discouraged me a bit from doing my own film review like I have in the past, because I know how time consuming it is, and before I can get to it, I see that Jake has already covered it all. I think I will try to do a post mid-week that embeds several of his clips for key plays, though, to help highlight his work while offering my own assessment.2018 Week 1: Browns vs. Steelers8. The Little Things Add Up: In his press conference this week, Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was asked about whether the Browns should’ve scored on LB Joe Schobert’s fumble return in overtime. He thinks they should have, and said what happened on the play:9. NFL Week 2 Picks: I went 10-5-1 in Week 1. Here are my Week 2 picks, along with a few notes.I am really pushing it with seven picks for road teams to win! Unfortunately, the Browns aren’t one of them. Some of it has to do with injuries. The Falcons lost two key defensive players, I don’t know what to make of the Titans’ situation, and Aaron Rodgers won’t have his mobility if he plays (but they might not have won anyone against a tough Vikings team).Teams with their stock up last week get rewarded, like the Chiefs over the Steelers and the Jets over the Dolphins. Teams with the stock down, like Buffalo, Oakland, and Detroit, have the opposite effect going for them. My game of the week would be New England vs. Jacksonville, a re-match of the AFC Championship from a year ago. I expect a very physical game, with the Patriots still coming out on top.The pick I feel least confident in is the Giants vs. Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. I don’t know what to make of Dallas, and the Giants are intriguing because of Saquon Barkley but just haven’t sustained winning lately.The Bears earned some brownie points for their effort in Week 1. The loss was a big letdown, but I think they learn this week and finish for a dominant game.10. Predicting the Browns’ Week 2 Inactives: I predict the following players will be inactive for Sunday’s game against the Saintsrojected Inactives: QB Drew Stanton, WR Josh Gordon, TE Seth DeValve, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Ifeadi Odenigbo, LB Christian Kirksey, and CB Tavierre Thomas.I feel pretty good about getting all the inactives correct this week. Stanton should be down again for not needing three quarterbacks. Gordon, DeValve, Ogbah, and Kirksey are already ruled out, leaving just two players to predict. Odenigbo was inactive last week, and I think Thomas will be down with CB E.J. Gaines back now.


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