The Cleveland Browns held their first training camp session on Saturday, and besides the earlier reports that RB Montario Hardesty would miss a couple of weeks, everything else went pretty smoothly.
With Hardesty out, Jerome Harrison took advantage of the extra reps, showing up to camp with a reported “chip on his shoulder.” Another man who showed up with a chip on his shoulder is LB D’Qwell Jackson. In the morning practice, Jackson blew up FB Peyton Hillis in a blocking drill. During the evening practice, Jackson intercepted a pass thrown by QB Jake Delhomme.
Perhaps the player of the day was backup tight end Evan Moore, who fans were excited about late last season due to his pass-catching abilities. Moore used his size advantage to catch passes over the safeties during the morning session. Speaking of other players who caught the ball well, starting TE Ben Watson and projected slot receiver Chansi Stuckey were catching everything thrown their direction.
One of the hot topics of camp is what the team’s rotation at linebacker will look like. On Day 1, it consisted of Scott Fujita and Matt Roth at outside linebacker, and D’Qwell Jackson and Chris Gocong at inside linebacker. In the secondary, rookie safety T.J. Ward was with the first team, while CB Joe Haden was unavailable (he signed a contract between practices).
For a detailed recap of both practice sessions, check out Dawgs By Nature, our Cleveland Browns affiliate:
Lastly, how did the quarterbacks look? Anything seems like an improvement over Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn, so both Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace received positive, although not spectacular, reviews.