BEREA, Ohio — Running back Kareem Hunt was the talk of the day after sitting out team practices Friday and Saturday in a contract stand, and asked the Browns to trade him, which they don’t plan to do, sources say. cleveland.com.
Hunt participated in individual drills, and then stood far back on the sidelines talking to his good buddy Nick Chubb while D’Ernest Johnson got some reps with the first team in a drill.
When it came time for the first set of 11-on-11s, Hunt took the second snap behind Chubb, and then went back for the fourth and caught a screen pass from Deshaun Watson.
He also got the first three reps with the starters in their first two-minute drill of training camp, almost as if Chubb symbolically gave way to his buddy at the start of the drill.
Hunt was fined by the club for sitting out team periods on Friday and Saturday, and Kevin Stefanski made it clear that such behavior was against team rules.
“If our players are healthy, they practice,” he said.
After practice, Hunt ran sprints in the sweltering heat — a “feel-like” temperature of 98 — along with Josh Rosen and Jacoby Brissett.
It remains to be seen where this is headed, but Hunt was all in on Sunday.
The first 2-minute exercises
Day 10 of camp brought the first two-minute drills, always a crowd pleaser.
Only problem is, neither the first- or second-team offenses scored a touchdown. Both ended with Cade York field goals through the uprights, one for 33 yards and the other for 35.
Jacoby Brissett and the second-team offense went first, working against the first-team defense. He dropped Anthony Schwartz deep, but found Javon Wims deep down the right side. He also hit tight end Miller Forristall with a long ball to the left. After a spike, York came up for the game kick with six seconds left and nailed it.
Deshaun Watson went second, working against the second-team defense. He hit Harrison Bryant on back-to-back passes, including a deep ball on the run. He overthrew Donovan Peoples-Jones in the end zone, and then a deep pass to Anthony Schwartz was broken up. He connected with Ja’Marcus Bradley before a throw to the back right on third down brought York up again with three seconds left. Again, he made the field goal as time expired.
Third-teamer Josh Dobbs was the only one to get into the end zone. Taking over with 22 seconds left and his team trailing 28-22, Dobbs hit tight end Zaire Mitchell-Paden with a 30-yard TD pass in the end zone. Michael Harley caught the two-point pass. Mitchell-Paden also punctuated Saturday’s practice with a TD in red-zone drills, yelling “that’s how you end practice!”
York, York, he’s our man
York was the camper of the day when he drilled a 45-yard field goal at the end of practice to cancel the post-practice team meetings.
His teammates mobbed him after the kick — there was some debate among observers as to whether he actually made it, but what the hell — and Wyatt Teller lifted him onto his shoulders.
“Anytime you put a young player in a competitive situation, it’s only going to help him move forward,” special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said. “The great thing about Cade is that he’s very confident. A lot of kickers, you have to baby them a little bit and pamper them a little bit. ‘Don’t hurt his psyche’ type thing.
“Cade is not like that at all. He is only 21 years old, which is unbelievable. He is very mature. He understands his craft. He is very smart. He is very confident. I think that’s going to help here, especially in Cleveland.”
“A little crack in the bone”
Rookie receiver David Bell acknowledged what Cleveland.com reported that he suffered a stress fracture in his foot, possibly during mandatory minicamp. But he is happy to be back after being activated from PUP on Saturday.
“I’m honestly not sure [how it happened],” he said. “I just woke up one day and it hurt a little bit, so I went in there and had to get an X-ray. The X-ray did show what happened. We made a plan together to get me back as soon as possible. It was frustrating because I just wanted to be there to show what I can do, but it’s God’s plan and God’s timing. I’m out here now, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
Don’t just call him a returner
Pro Bowl returner Jakeem Grant, who stands just 5-6, has beaten the odds his entire career, and isn’t stopping anytime soon. He had a great camp and was used a lot at receiver, especially with all the injuries at his position. He made the most of the opportunities, and is expected to do more than return punts and kicks.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I always preach that I am a receiver first before a returner. I will continue to preach that message. I’m going to keep working on it until I get that opportunity to have that breakout season.”
The following players sat out Sunday with injuries: DT Sheldon Day (back), CB Shaun Jolly (groin), LB Silas Kelly (hamstring) CB Denzel Ward (foot) and WR Michael Woods II (hamstring).
They said it
Kevin Stefanski, on the distractions of Hunt’s trade request and Deshaun Watson’s ordeal: “This is normal. This is normal guys. This is NFL football. As far as I know.”
Jakeem Grant on his dodgeball strategy: “Be upset. Just don’t get beat. I’m always proud that you can’t beat what you can’t catch. If they can’t catch me, they can’t beat me.”
They did it
How is this for everyone in? Hunt ran sprints after practice on a hot, humid day with a “feeling” temperature of 98.
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