Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - The NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement was very kind to players concerning training camp.
It wiped out 2-a-day practices and added off days for players.
Tuesday is the first day off for the Browns for this years camp but not the coaching staff.
Pat Shurmur and his staff are spending the day combing through film and evaluating the first 6 days of camp as well as planning the next stretch leading up to the preseason opener at Detroit Aug. 10.
While players are off, Shurmur is hopeful that they will use their time wisely.
“It’s an off day, but it’s not a vacation day,” Shurmur said. “I would anticipate that they are going to take care of their bodies, and use it in a way where they’ll prepare themselves for practice on Wednesday. Typically, you see a lot of guys around the building on off days, like I saw last year.
“I would anticipate that there will be some guys that come in and watch extra film. There will be guys that try to get off their feet and do the treatment and the things you need to do to your body physically to get ready to practice the next day.”
Wednesday they go back to work with a 2 p.m. session in full pads. Following up an off day with an afternoon practice is by design.
“You have the practice in the afternoon so that we can use the morning to review and walk-through before you do it,” Shurmur said. “We’ll see how it works, but I think it’s a good way to get them back in tune mentally after they’ve been off a little bit.”
The walk through’s are held no more than 3 hours before or after practice and are just that – a walk through.
There’s no throwing, kicking, catching or contact allowed and the total on-field time for the day can’t exceed 4 hours. Practices in full pads can’t last more than 3 hours.
With the 24/7 365 world of the NFL a vast majority of players come into camp in top notch physical condition making the old school philosophy of using camp to whip them into shape antiquated.
Rucker’s Roots: Browns defensive end Frostee Rucker is used to being teased about his unique name.
Tuesday he explained where the name came from.
“My father was in the military, and he used to be a DJ in the military,” Rucker said. “They used to call him DJ Frost because he was ‘cold on the spins.’ This is what he told me. So he was cold on the spins, he told me, ‘No matter what I name you, they’re going to call you Little Frost, or Ice Cold or whatever,’ so he named me Frostee.”
Rucker has heard all the jokes and he’s developed a sense of humor about it.
“It was hard for me when I was a kid growing up, especially around when Christmas came and all the Frosty the Snowman stuff,” Rucker said. “But then I just grew magically one night, and all the jokes stopped.
“I’m happy my name is Frostee and one day if I have a kid I’m going to name him Frostee too.”
He’s not the only Frostee in the family now either.
“It was Lynn, and that’s my middle name,” Rucker said. “So he changed his name to Frostee also.
So, does that make him senior or junior?
At 6-3, 280, no one will dare call him “junior.”
Cool Off: Maybe Tuesday was a good time for a day off. Monday’s practice in pads featured the first real scuffles of camp.
Tempers flared as fullback Brad Smelley and linebacker Craig Robertson took swings at each other after a play. Later, defensive lineman Emmanuel Stephens and left guard Jason Pinkston had to be separated.
Standing Out: Through 4 days of camp here’s a brief list of players who Shurmur has said have stood out to him.
On offense – WR’s Josh Gordon, Travis Benajmin and Mohamed Massaquoi; RB’s Trent Richardson and Montario Hardesty; FB Brad Smelley, TE Jordan Cameron.
On defense – DT’s Billy Winn and John Hughes, LB James-Michael Johnson; CB’s Buster Skrine, Dimitri Patterson and Joe Haden; SS T.J. Ward and FS Eric Hagg.
Up Next: Players return to work Wednesday with a 2 p.m. practice in full pads. Gates open at 1 in Berea.