-The Browns first practice in pads was highlighted w a practice that emphasized run plays and play action plays. With that being the focus, Trent Richardson was on full display.
-Richardson showed exactly why the Browns moved up to the 3rd pick in the draft to select him as he bounced off of tacklers, but also showed a burst to get away from guys. His balance will make him a tough guy to pull down, and after practice Scott Fujita told me he grabbed just one of Richardson’s legs as he came through a hole and even though he wasn’t trying to tackle Richardson, he could feel the power. Fujita said he feels sorry for the defenses that will have to bring Richardson down.
-Richardson wasn’t the only back that stood out as Montario Hardesty probably had his best practice as a Brown. Hardesty has changed his number to 20, as well as his body as he has lost weight. The change can be seen as he has a burst that hasn’t been seen here in Berea until now.
Hardesty may have had the play of the day as he broke through the middle of the defense on a draw play then out ran the defense to the corner. In a huge year for Hardesty, he looks prepared for the battle ahead of him.
-The other theme of camp has to be the amount of player’s that have lost weight. Everyone from Hardesty to Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi, Greg Little, as well as Richardson have all lost weight in an attempt to be a quicker group.
When coach Shurmur was asked about this here’s what he had to say “it’s a credit to these guys because that’s part of what excites me is these guys, number one, know how to get themselves ready and they made an effort to do it so as we go forward here select our team I want there to be tough decisions. That’s what you want until you establish a team that you feel like as you move forward is going to win games.”
- And your daily Brandon Weeden update from Coach Shurmur was this “I think you only know what you know. He hasn’t been involved in a padded, physical practice here. Even though he’s not getting banged around, there’s certain things to learn from that. I can think of a handful of mistakes that he made today that he’ll never do again.
But, he’s had a chance to practice it so it won’t show up again. I think that’s what I’ve seen from him. As he does something, if he hasn’t done it right, then he’s in there right now looking at it and he’ll come out, and that mistake won’t happen again.”
-The announced crowd of 4,200 was the largest since the team began recording practice attendance in 2005. The previous best was 3,673 in the first session of 2010.