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Browns 'jelling' as they ready for minicamp

Posted Jun 3, 2013

The Cleveland Browns will host a three-day mandatory minicamp, beginning Tuesday at the team’s Berea training facility.

The Cleveland Browns will complete the veteran portion of the offseason with this week’s minicamp, Tuesday through Thursday, at the Berea training facility.

For coach Rob Chudzinski and his staff, they are looking at the execution of plays after installing the offensive and defensive schemes through the first nine weeks of the offseason with meetings and organized team activities. Following last week’s final OTA practices, Chudzinski said the Browns would not install anything new during the mandatory minicamp.

“We’ve got it all in, so now, we can go back and find the stuff that we’re really good at,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “Some of the stuff may not fit what we do or who we have or whatever it may be.

“Now, we can go back and critique everything we do well and move forward there. That’s the nice thing. They have an idea of what routes guys can run and what routes I can throw. Now, it’s sitting back and taking a deep breath and going and playing football.”

Third-year tight end Jordan Cameron said the players are adapting to the new offensive scheme well, noting that the use of iPads rather than a binder-style playbook has aided in learning the plays coordinator Norv Turner plans on utilizing this fall.

“I think we learned a lot,” Cameron said. “They threw a lot at us, but most importantly, I think we’re jelling together and Brandon’s making the right reads. Everyone’s running the right routes. Mistakes happen, but that’s natural with this offense.

“There’s a lot going into it. It’s a lot of at-home studying. They send the film to us right way. It definitely helps having that available to us. These coaches are making it easy on us. They’re throwing us into the fire, but I think it helps to throw it at us all at once so they can coach us up. During camp, we’ve seen everything already, so we’re not surprised. We’ve already done it during OTAs, and I think that’s what they want out of this period.”

Defensively, the Browns have come “along real well,” according to fourth-year safety T.J. Ward.

“Every week is a learning experience,” Ward said. “From the first minicamp to these few weeks of OTAs and the last minicamp, it’s a progression. We’re taking it slow and fast at the same time.

“We just want to solidify that we know exactly what we’re doing. We’re not going to be perfect coming out of OTAs and minicamp, but we want to solidify the basics of the defense, make sure everyone knows their roles and knows what they’re doing on each play. The timing and everything else is coming together.”

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