Camp News & Notes: Tuesday
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – It’s that time of camp where tired legs set in.
10 full practices in, coach Pat Shurmur has noticed a little fatigue from his team – namely the younger players and rookies.
“I could see that some of these guys have camp legs, which you get this time of year,” Shurmur said. “We’re about four and a half weeks out from our first game so that’s natural.
“Part of the grind of training camp is fighting your body and your mind and making sure you come out here and compete.”
One player who is battling “camp legs” would be rookie receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon, who was selected in the supplemental draft on July 16, has looked outstanding to date but showed a little fatigue Tuesday.
Gordon dropped a Weeden pass over the middle that hit him right in the hands during 11-on-11 work and he was visibly frustrated afterwords.
“He’s getting better every day in our eyes but I would say his mind and body are at battle right now,” Shurmur said. “I think he’ll push through it. This is unlike anything he’s probably ever been through. But he’s getting better and fighting through it.”
On the other hand, Mohamed Massaquoi continues to shine and is catching everything in sight.
“I think the guy that looks totally differently from a year ago to me is Mo,” Shurmur said. “I think he’s done a fantastic job in camp. He came in healthy. He had the right mindset. We’ve played him inside and outside. I see a very focused guy that wants to have a good year.”
Browns officials are on record as saying that they expect Massaquoi to have a breakout year and if he keeps it up, Massaquoi might even exceed expectations.
Late Start: Tuesday’s practice was pushed back to 2:30 as Shurmur and Browns staffers were late returning from Philadelphia.
President Mike Holmgren, general manager Tom Heckert, Shurmur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress were among a contingent of Browns coaches and executives who attended funeral services for Garrett Reid, son of Eagles coach Andy Reid.
“It’s hard to even think about what Andy (Reid) and Tammy (Reid) and the family are going through losing a child,” Shurmur said. “I can’t even imagine. As a father, it’s got to be tough and for those of us who knew Garrett, it’s even tougher.
“We remember training camps when all our boys were out there as ball boys and helping out and being around.”
The New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints pushed back the start of their scrimmage practice as well Tuesday to allow coaches and executives to return from attending the service.
Welcome Back Carlton: Receiver Carlton Mitchell practiced for the first time this camp Tuesday after spending nearly 2 weeks riding a bike.
To say Mitchell was rusty would be kind.
He struggled with routes and catching the football which are two thing’s he’s had difficulty with since being selected by the Browns in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.
“For him to catch up, he needs to stay healthy, stay on the field in practice and when he gets in the game, make some plays,” Shurmur said. “That’s the reality. For guys that miss practice that haven’t proven they can play in this league, they need to practice.”
With a much deeper receiving corps this year, hanging on to a roster spot will be very difficult for Mitchell.
Family Night: The Browns will host their annual practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium Wednesday night.
“It’s a fun event,” Shurmur said. “It will be a good chance for our rookies to play in our arena for the first time. It was a fun event last year, as you know we did it on a weekend, this year we’re doing it on a weekday. I know they have fireworks and there will be a lot of stuff going on.
“It should be a good night for everybody that wants to come watch us practice.”
The “Family Night” practice will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Players will sign autographs for fans following practice and there will be fireworks which are scheduled to begin around 9:15.
Injuries: Running back Trent Richardson, tight end Ben Watson, free safety Usama Young, defensive end’s Frostee Rucker, Marcus Benard and Phil Taylor did not practice Tuesday.
Up Next: The Browns will practice Wednesday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium at 7 p.m. The practice is free and open to the public.