Week 2 of OTA’s began in Berea with Brandon Weeden taking snaps with the 1st team offense. Weeden seemed comfortable with the 1st unit, after practice he said that the main thing he needs to do is to get comfortable with not only the wide receivers but the entire unit. Other notes from Berea:
- Despite the highlight of the day was seeing the torch passed from Colt McCoy to Weeden, coach Shurmur cautioned anyone jumping to conclusions just yet, “I don’t think you can read into that. I think last week Colt (McCoy) started all of the team drills. This week, or at least today and it will change throughout the week, we had Brandon start the drill, but they all got similar amount of reps with guys that are competing at the skill positions to be starters. I wouldn’t read into that, no.”
- The other star that shined on Wednesday was 2nd year Wide Receiver Greg Little who has impressed Brandon Weeden as he said that Little compares to his college teammate Justin Blackmon considerably as both have strong bodies and hands.
- Coach Shurmur is impressed with Little losing 11 pounds this off season. Shurmur sees the weight lose helping Little in several different ways, “I’ve seen him look a lot quicker, a lot more sudden and I think to this point he has caught the ball at a much more consistent rate and he just looks like a different guy to me. A guy that’s been through it once and to his credit, and again let’s not tell him I said this, but to his credit he has done a really nice job of getting his body into the right kind of shape he needs to be in to be a receiver in this league.”
-DE Marcus Benard was a pleasant sight to see as he is trying to bounce back from a motorcycle accident that ended his 2011 season. Benard expressed gratitude to the Browns for keeping him on the roster. “It was very serious. I feel like it was a blessing. You learn your lessons. You learn more about life. You learn about yourself. Sitting out and going through what I went through, rehab and everything, you always sit back and evaluate yourself and evaluate your position in life and definitely [gain] a little bit of insight.” Benard says he weighs 260 pounds and is ready to rush the passer.
- Linebacker Scott Fujita missed practice as he attended a hearing for the NFL Players Association’s grievance against the league from the Saints bounty scandal.
-Kicker Phil Dawson was absent again this week but is expected to participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp next week.