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Training Camp Notebook: Offense Strikes Back

Rick offers news and notes from training camp on Sunday

-Several players sat out on Sunday, including Tramon Williams, Donte Whitner and Randy Starks who were given the day off to rest.

-Terrance West and Duke Johnson were not in pads Sunday after being banged up on Saturday. West is expected to be back in action Tuesday or Wednesday. Coach Pettine said after practice that with the off day Monday it made sense to hold West back. Johnson could be out a bit longer, but will be re-evaluated.

-Speaking of injuries, Billy Winn was not at practice Sunday. Coach Pettine said that x-rays on his injured leg were negative, but that they may be running further tests on him later Sunday.

-Rookie Luke Lundy seemed to succumb to the heat and walked off the field.

-Sunday the Browns worked on special teams for a good portion of the morning. Andy Lee was booming punts to Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel and Shane Wynn.

-The offense worked the run game for an extended time with Shaun Draughn getting plenty of looks. Draughn was able to get around the edge a few times, which has been a weakness of the Browns the past few seasons. He caught a nice pass out of the backfield for a decent gain as well. Draughn is one of two players who have impressed early in camp on the offensive side of the ball, with Travis Benjamin being the other on Sunday.

-Cameron Erving continued to work at right guard with the second unit.

-First round pick Danny Shelton recovered a botched exchange from QB Johnny Manziel, and forced a penalty on Erving in a third down situation.

-Manziel had a nice day early on, throwing several completions in 7-on-7 drills and also the 11-on-11 scrimmage. He audibled into a slant pass to Rodney Smith that went for a nice gain. He threw a very nice long pass down the left sideline to FB Malcolm Johnson that just went through his hands.

-Josh McCown had a bounce back day, leading the offense over the defense during the jersey competition portion of practice. He made big gains on throws to TE Gary Barnidge and Travis Benjamin during the session.

-Taking the snaps with the first team defense in Tramon Williams’ absence was Pierre Desir, and not Justin Gilbert. Secondary coach Jeff Hafley said after practice that Desir had earned the reps, but that Gilbert made some adjustments based on notes they gave him and looked better on Sunday.

-The defense wore special orange and brown camo jerseys. Those jerseys will be worn by the squad that wins the competition part of practice the day prior, like the orange jerseys last year. Coach Pettine said that the original idea was to wear a military green style camo, but that the league wanted them to keep it to team colors.

-Pettine said that the team could look to add another running back to the camp roster with the recent injuries, but that Glenn Winston could be close to returning. 

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