BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Odell Beckham Jr. continues to do Odell Beckham Jr. things on the football field.
Cleveland’s superstar receiver made a pair of spectacular sideline catches and went up top over the middle for a third during Sunday morning's second practice of training camp.
Beckham’s sticky hands continue to impress head coach Kevin Stefanski.
“I just think he is special in that regard,” Stefanski said. “When the ball is in the air, he has a knack of getting it any which way he can – one handed, two handed, along the boundary. He just does a nice job from a ball skills standpoint.”
The first catch came during the first team 11-on-11 drill of the day. Beckham went up the left sideline to secure the ball on the boundary from Mayfield, who dropped a dime right into his hands.
The second catch came in 7-on-7 up the right sideline. It was one of his patented one-handed grabs.
Beckham showed his willingness to go over the middle as he elevated to haul in another throw from Mayfield with ease.
Early start – The Browns moved up practice to 10 a.m. to beat the storms, and their timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The heavens opened with a downpour shortly after practice ended at noon.
With the weight room relocated to the field house to accommodate COVID-19 adjustments with the facility, it is almost impractical to hold a full practice indoors because the once 70-yard indoor field is now about 50 yards in length.
Taking it personal – Linebacker Mack Wilson has heard the criticism of the Browns linebacker corps, that they are the worst in the NFL, and he’s not having the disrespect.
“You are basically saying that they are piece of crap,” Wilson said. “To me, that is how I am taking it because you say we are the 32nd linebacker core in the National Football League, and that is just total disrespect. I know the guys in the room have seen it, and I make sure that I remind those guys of what these people think of us. I just always tell them, ‘We are going to prove the world wrong. We are just going to continue to work. Keep our heads down and just focus on the task at hand.’ That is just taking it one day at a time because everybody is going to find out and that is what we are going to do. We are just going to keep working and show everybody otherwise.”
Stefanski believes the work of linebackers coach Jason Tarver is already paying dividends early in camp.
“I enjoy watching their individual period,” Stefanski said. “They all can run. They are all athletic. I think there is great effort from that group. I think we have some older guys and a bunch of young guys in that mix. I am very curious to see how that plays out over the course of the next few weeks.”
Dress rehearsal – Head coach Kevin Stefanski revealed Sunday he plans to take his team down to FirstEnergy Stadium for practice at least twice later in training camp.
“I think that is going to be important for us,” Stefanski said. “We will put the players through a lot of game-like situations. That will be one of the ideas in getting to the stadium, getting used to the locker room and making it as much game-like as we can.”
Nothing new – Stefanski declined to provide an update on center JC Tretter or defensive end Myles Garrett other than to say he hopes to see Garrett back on the field “soon.”
Getting heated – Rookie receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones got hot today and mixed it up briefly with a cornerback after a play.
On Monday the pads go on and the real hitting begins.
Kicking it – Kicker Austin Seibert went 7-8 on field goal tries during a team 11-on-11 special teams period Sunday.
Seibert, who mostly kicked from the left hashmark, was successful twice from 33 before hitting from 37, 39, 41, 44 and 46 yards. He pushed a kick wide right from 49.
Roster move – The Browns shuffled the offensive line depth by waiving guard Jovahn Fair and signing center Casey Dunn prior to practice.
Injury report – DE Myles Garrett (hamstring), WR Damion Ratley (groin) and C JC Tretter (knee) did not practice Sunday.
Puppy pound counter – A total of 15 puppies have been adopted via the Browns Puppy Pound this year, which is being done virtually with camp closed to fans. Since the program’s launch in 2015, 510 puppies from the Northeast Ohio SPCA have been adopted by fans.