The Browns completed their fourth day of training camp, second in pads, and will get a much needed day off on Thursday. In what was the sloppiest and most heated day of camp thus day, the defense dominated the offense.
Here are some notes from Berea:
-The quarterback play was not very sharp on Tuesday. Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer were both intercepted multiple times. Hoyer is still very much ahead of Manziel when it comes to the starting quarterback position. Manziel looks like he is still adjusting to the speed of the game at this level.
- Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert snagged another interception Tuesday. Hoyer tried to hit Miles Austin deep down the sidelines and Gilbert made a great play in the ball.
-There were multiple fights on Tuesday. The largest erupted after running back Ben Tate threw the football at defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin following a play in 11-on-11s. At least 15 players were involved and it took quite some time to calm the situation.
-Later in the practice, defensive lineman Armonty Bryant got into it with offensive lineman Paul McQuistan and Martin Wallace. Head coach Mike Pettine said after practice that he likes that fire and wanted to keep the guys motivated before a day off as players tend to slack off on getaway days.
-Another motivation tactic Pettine used Tuesday was to have the offense and defense compete against each other in the final portion of practice. The offense had to move the ball 20 yards and the defense obviously had to try and stop them. The defense won four-of-five in the short series so they will be awarded special orange practice jerseys for Thursday. This will be a running competition throughout camp.
- At one point near the end of practice Pettine had to gather the entire team up and talk to them. It was presumably regarding the sloppiness of practice and number of physical altercations. There were quite a few penalties called on both sides of the ball which made for very little action just before the short pow-wow with coach.
-The offensive line was once again bullied on Tuesday. Mitchell Schwartz, Joe Thomas and Alex Mack have all looked solid but the guard positions and backups have really struggled. The line would have allowed a number of sacks if they were permitted. Today Paul McQuistan and Joel Bitonio took the snaps at guard with the first team offense. I have a feeling they will also be the starters on September 7th when the Browns open in Pittsburgh.
- 3,503 fans took in practice on Tuesday which was the eighth-largest crowd in Berea since the team started keeping track in 2005. They have had at least 3,000 people at each practice thus far.