BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns open the 2013 regular season against the Miami Dolphins at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sept. 8, and the preparation for that first game will get underway in earnest this week.
Coach Rob Chudzinski will lead the Browns’ first on-field practice of training camp on Thursday, and during “Camp Chud,” the coaches will place an emphasis on consistency, competitiveness and toughness.
“Our No. 1 goal is to be prepared and ready for Sept. 8, and finding a roster, and building the team are all of the components that go together,” Chudzinski said Monday. “I think they go hand-in-hand.
“Any of these spots that are open are potential concerns, but also, I’m excited about the competition that it’s created. I’m fully expecting and am confident in all these cases that guys are going to step up, and that’s what competition brings.”
The Browns’ veteran players report to the facility on Wednesday morning, and will meet with the coaches as a team on the eve of training camp. Three days after the veterans report, the players will be in pads for the first time since the 2012 regular-season finale on Dec. 30.
In those padded practices, Chudzinski expects to see full-speed contact, physicality and toughness, something that is not always possible in limited-contact organized team activity practices and minicamp sessions.
“One of the main goals of this camp will be to assess that and see which guys rise up when the pads go on,” Chudzinski said. “We’ve all had experiences before of guys that look good in shorts and when they get the pads on, they disappear or vice versa. That’s what we’ll be looking for, that key component of physicality and toughness.
“It’s about consistency in this league. We’ve approached things as every day’s important, and everything you do at the time you’re doing it is the most important thing.”
In addition to seeing the physical components of football during the practices, Chudzinski and the Browns will be looking for how the players retain information and translate it to the field.
Starting with the opening practice on July 25, the Browns will hold 14 open practices at the team’s Berea training facility. The players will be on the field from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and classroom work will be done each day in preparation for the on-field sessions.
“You can start in the morning with the installations in the meetings, guys going through the playbook, in the film, going out and walking through in the morning what we’re doing for that particular day on that installation,” Chudzinski said. “We’ll come back and meet in the early afternoon and have a chance to talk through and go through what we’re going to practice for that evening. Then, you go through the practice, and, following practice, you have a chance to make corrections on the practice. Basically, guys learn and go through the process of that particular process and what we’re doing that particular day as opposed to carrying over a couple days.
“From a learning standpoint, everything’s happen in one, particular day as guys are getting ready for that day.”
Second-year running back
According to Chudzinski, Richardson, who could report early because he was injured in the spring, is “full-go.”
“He’s been practicing these last few days and looks good,” Chudzinski said.
During his 20-minute session with the media, Chudzinski provided updates on offensive lineman
Both players can be activated from the list at any time during training camp.