BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – A day after being praised by head coach Rob Chudzinski, Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon watched the team’s 11 on 11 work from the sideline.
But Gordon, who is suspended for the first 2 weeks of the season due to a failed drug test, is not in the dog house.
Gordon tried to practice Monday but was pulled from team drills due to patella tendinitis according to Chudzinski, who tried to downplay his concern.
“He started out, tried to push through it, but we pulled him and sat him down for the rest of practice,” Chudzinski said. “I’m not concerned about it. It shouldn’t be too big of a deal.”
Early in practice an assistant coach yelled at Gordon to finish a drill but he walked. Chudzinski said it was because of the tendinitis.
Chudzinski added that Gordon had been bothered by it but it’s unclear if he will undergo an MRI.
“We’ll see about that,” Chudzinski said. “Again, I’m not concerned about it. It doesn’t look to be too serious, but I’ll let you know tomorrow on that. And obviously as far as reps, we want our guys to get as many reps as possible.”
Gordon was shaken up during the first official practice of camp last Thursday. It was just a cramp and he returned to practice the next day and was not limited.
2-Minute Drill – The Browns broke out their 2-minute offense Monday as Chudzinski put them in real late game situations.
The first situation: drive start at their own 40, trailing 21-20 with no timeouts and 0:50 on the clock.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden completed passes of 21 and 15 yards to receiver Travis Benjamin to set up Shayne Graham’s 43-yard field goal to win it for the first-team offense. Jason Campbell then completed 4-of-7 passes including a 36-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who beat cornerback Abdul Kennah, to win it for the second-team offense.
Brandon Bogotay also kicked a 48-yard field goal to get a rep in.
The second situation: drive start at the opponent’s 38, trailing 24-20
Weeden led the team to inside the 10-yard line highlighted by a 20-yard strike to Greg Little. On 3rd-and-goal from the 7, Weeden scrambled hoping to find a receiver but was picked off in the end zone by Chris Owen. Brian Hoyer handled the second-team offense and moved them to the 14. On 3rd-and-9 on the 14, Hoyer threw into heavy traffic and the pass was deflected then picked out of the air by undrafted rookie safety Kent Richardson.
“There was one or two early that the offense that they did well,” Chudzinski said. “The defense ended up stopping the offense down tight later on. So, it’s good to have that back-and-forth. We really want to focus on the situations that come up. We will continue to work those different types of situations where we purposely set up to try to cover everything that can happen at the end of the game.”
Jacked Up – Jabaal Sheard is enjoying his move from defensive end to outside linebacker tremendously. In fact, he thinks the position change suits him well.
“I love it man, going against tight ends, guys that are my size or a little bit less,” Sheard said. “It’s a little easier to jack those guys up and try and find the ball.”
Sheard came close to jacking up Weeden Monday during one of the 11-on-11 series and hopes to be doing some of that to opposing quarterbacks this coming season.
“Coach is doing a good job putting us in good positions,” Sheard said. “I’m getting better and better everyday working with coach Bake [Brian Baker OTL], Krug. All of us work together in the film room. We get a lot of work done. It’s been a great camp so far.”
Sheard is expected to start at right outside linebacker in front of rookie Barkevious Mingo.
Kick Off – Shayne Grahm won a pre-practice “kick off” with Brandon Bogotay to determine who got to kick with the first team during the team’s 2-minute offense situational drill.
Bogotay has flashed a big leg this offseason but lost the pre-practice battle. Overall Grahm and Bogotay are neck and neck from his point of view.
“It’s a really tight competition,” Chudzinski said. “They, both, are doing really well. We will continue to work through that and into the preseason games.”
Chudzinski added that it would be his preference to keep 1 kicker when the final 53-man roster is set on Aug. 31. Chudzinski didn’t completely rule out the possibility of keeping both but that would not be ideal in his view.
Injuries – Phil Taylor was back at nose tackle with the first team defense during team drills Monday after being limited the last 2 days since returning from a calf injury. Taylor wrapped up running back Trent Richardson during the first series of 11 on 11 prompting a teammate to yell, “welcome back big Phil.”
Offensive lineman Ryan Miller (concussion), Chris Faulk (knee) and Oniel Cousins (sprained ankle), defensive tackle Desmond Bryant (back spasms), free safety Tashaun Gipson (sprained shoulder), running back Montario Hardesty (hamstring), safety Jamoris Slaughter (hamstring) and fullback Brock Bolen (calf) did not practice Monday.
Up Next – The Browns are off Tuesday. Camp resumes Wednesday with a 4 p.m. practice; gates will open for fans at 3.
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