2013 Training Camp for the Cleveland Browns started yesterday. The practice facility at 76 Lou Groza Blvd in Berea looks excellent! Very "fan friendly" with some bleacher seating, cool-off tents, food vendors, autograph stations, and kids games. While running 11 on 11 and 7 v 7 drills, the team did a nice job of moving around the field which gave everyone there a chance to see what was going on.
Thankfully, no one was carted off the field today on a stretcher. After LeCharles Bentley’s injury in 2006, that’s always a good thing! But there are a few minor injuries worth mentioning.
#98 Phil Taylor: he played only 8 games last season due to a torn pectoral muscle. This year in the new Ray Horton 3-4 defense, he’s been moved to Nose Tackle. I looked for him on the field and… nothing. Turns our he has a strained calf and is listed as “day-to-day.” Coach Rob Chudzinski says it’s nothing to worry about. I’d like to see Phil get off the Bike Brigade and onto the field…
#12 Josh Gordon: while he has to serve a suspension for the first two games of the season, he is fully participating in training camp – or at least he was until he went up to catch a pass near the end of practice and landed awkwardly. At first I thought ankle injury but when he stood, he buckled at the knee. A trainer came over, got him up and moving again, and he sat out the rest of the day. Browns are reporting it was just a cramp and he should be fine.
Players to Watch:
#08 Brandon Bogotay. One of the big questions for Browns fans is “Who will replace Phil Dawson?” Yeah, we worry about kickers here. And yes, Shayne Graham was signed this off season. So maybe it’s just the fact that he did me no favors as his Fantasy Football owner a couple season ago, but I don’t have much faith in him. I watched quite a few kicks from Bogotay yesterday and he looked good to me. The 6’3” K is 24 years old and posted solid numbers at UGA. We’ll have to see how he handles wind and snow…
#40 Abdul Kanneh – at 5’10” and 185, this rookie comes from New Mexico Highlands University where he had 9 interceptions, returning 4 for touchdowns. He seems small, but he’s quick and he’s aggressive. He was all over the receivers in coverage – but in a good way. He got five blocked kicks on his resume and is an early favorite of mine to make the team. If he keeps up the energy during camp, we could see him on special teams to start the year.
Well, that’s it for now. It was only the first day after all. Yes, Jimmy Haslam addressed the media. Yes, Coach Chudzinski greeted some fans and signed autographs. And yes, we are only getting started… can’t wait to watch some of the defenders tonight and get a look at the team in full pads on Saturday!