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What's the situation? Game's on the line

Posted Jul 29, 2013

BEREA, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns spent Monday afternoon’s practice working on their red-zone and two-minute offense and defense.

BEREA, Ohio -- After their first day in full pads, the Cleveland Browns focused on red-zone and two-minute drills during Monday afternoon’s training camp practice.

And each time the Browns went through the two-minute offense, they needed different scores to either tie or go ahead of the defense.

“The first set, we needed field goals and the second set, we needed touchdowns,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “Those guys did a nice job. We actually had a kickoff prior to practice to see who would kick with the ones during the two-minute drill. Shayne (Graham), in the pre-practice, won.

“There was one or two early that the offense that they did well. The defense ended up stopping the offense down tight later on, so, it’s good to have that back-and-forth. We really want to focus on the situations that come up. We will continue to work those different types of situations where we purposely set up to try to cover everything that can happen at the end of the game.”

When the Browns finished the two-minute drills, they spent time working on the red-zone offense and defense, and Chudzinski liked what he saw from the tight ends, as well as wide receiver Greg Little.

“Those guys are good threats and real good targets down there in those tight spaces,” Chudzinski said of the tight ends. “We have a couple guys that have good hands and are weapons down there that we can utilize. It just came up that the coverages and the routes matched. Those guys got the opportunities today.

“Greg has good size and he’s a physical player. With less space down there in the red zone, that becomes a premium and can really help.”

Following Monday’s on-field work, the Browns’ players will get Tuesday off under the collective bargaining agreement. After five full days of on-field work, including one day in full pads, Chudzinski has seen development from his charges.

“I have been real pleased with the progress we’ve made,” Chudzinski said. “The competitiveness out there, the guys are working extremely hard. I’m seeing progress, really, in all areas, so I’m really pleased with these first five days. We will have tomorrow where the players will have off. That’s a mandatory off day for the players. Then, we will be back Wednesday and go full pads.”

Although he has been happy with the competition, Chudzinski is never pleased with interceptions, which the Browns’ defense generated again Monday, just like they had during Friday’s practice.

“When you are out here and you are asking the guys to learn plays and learn to understand what certain throws are, you want to see them push the envelope out here,” Chudzinski said. “This is a little bit different than a game would be. You still, at the same time, do not want to see interceptions, but you do want to see guys make throws and work on the throws that they are going to need to be able to complete within working in the system.”

HAPPY WITH GRECO

Prior to the start of training camp, the Browns announced they had reached a five-year contract extension with veteran offensive lineman John Greco. The Ohio native started 10 games for the Browns in place of Jason Pinkston last fall, and entered this year’s camp competing for a starting guard spot.

“John is one of those three guys that we’re working in the two guard spots,” Chudzinski said. “We are rotating those guys around. Unlike the spring where we rotated them almost play-to-play, we are letting those guys have a couple days to really work in and now that we have the pads on, we are really moving them around. John’s a real stable guy; solid player, smart, does all the right things and we are really happy to have him.”

KICKING COMPETITION

The Browns entered training camp with two kickers, the veteran Graham and rookie Brandon Bogotay, on the active roster. But when the team breaks camp in August and heads into the regular season, Chudzinski expects to have just one on the roster.

“We’re really looking for one kicker,” Chudzinski said. “I am not saying that there is no way we would keep two. Obviously, one is ideal. It’s a really tight competition. They, both, are doing really well. We will continue to work through that and into the preseason games.”