Browns Camp Report: Day 3

July, 28, 2014
Jul 28
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BEREA, Ohio -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Cleveland Browns training camp:
  • Monday was the first day the Browns could put on pads, and when they did, coach Mike Pettine said he wanted to hear the practice because if he could hear it, it meant players were being physical. There must be varying definitions of loud and physical, because Pettine said he was pleased, even though there wasn't much to hear. It was probably the quietest full-pad practice in memory, as the Browns practiced at what almost seemed like a slower pace than normal. A blitz drill that with some teams involves yelling and serious competition did take place, but without much interplay and without much competition. Pettine said he liked it all though, and said the work was "solid," so there is that. #whatever
  • Pettine became agitated when safety Johnson Bademosi dropped his shoulder into Nate Burleson after a reception, saying: "I told the guys that that stuff is not going to help them make the team. We want to be tough. We want to be nasty, but we want to play within the rules. We certainly want to protect each other while we're practicing." Burleson spun away from the "hit" and ran toward the end zone. #notsooldschool
  • Cornerback Justin Gilbert was active, with a couple interceptions and a pass knocked down. It was the most noticeable he'd been all camp. He even took some reps returning kicks, though Pettine said that would happen only in emergency. "I think I'd hold my breath or watch with one-and-a-half eyes covered if he was returning a kick," he said. Gilbert is very adept as a returner, but teams do not like risking their first-round pick that way. "It's much more intriguing for (special teams coordinator) Chris Tabor than it is for me," Pettine said. #defensive
  • Joe Thomas on whether it was good to hit someone again: "Not really, but it's a necessary part of football." Yes, he was smiling. ... Of a car in the parking lot decorated with Packers gear, Thomas said with another smile: "That could be a relative." He's from Wisconsin. ... In a mild surprise, the Browns released OT Chris Faulk when they activated LB Tank Carder. Faulk was trying to come back from tearing multiple knee ligaments in 2012 at LSU. ... The team and Jason Pinkston's agents released a statement saying Pinkston had not been cleared medically to play. No further details were provided. ... WRs Charles Johnson and Travis Benjamin were given a day of rest for their surgically repaired knees. .. Running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery shrugged at Ben Tate showing some attitude by saying nobody in the running backs room scared him. "I think it's funny," Montgomery said. "I think that's what all of them would say. For him, if that's the way that he's going to motivate himself to try to win a job, that's good for him." #dot-dot-dot-com
The last word: Pettine on what it's like having his father watch practice, and the tape: "I usually get about a page of notes a day sitting on my desk."

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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