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Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, Browns​' rookies report for minicamp

Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward and the Browns' 2018 NFL Draft class are back in Berea for rookie minicamp. 

The duo of top-five picks and their peers reported to the team's facility Thursday afternoon for the three-day session with practices set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They'll be joined by a host of undrafted free agents and a number of tryout players.

Cleveland added nine new players through the draft last weekend. All eyes, of course, will be on Mayfield, the former Oklahoma quarterback and No. 1 overall pick, and Ward, the former Ohio State cornerback and fourth-overall selection. 

The Browns, coming off the franchise's first winless season and a 1-31 mark over the past two years, believe the pair of players will play critical roles in turning the team around.

Cleveland's veterans, meanwhile, are in Phase 2 of offseason workouts.

​The league's offseason program is broken down into three phases. Phase One (the first two weeks) consists of activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation. Phase Two (three weeks) consists of on-field workouts that may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separate" basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three (final four weeks) includes a maximum of 10 organized team activities (OTAs) practices without live contact.

Cleveland opens (OTA) workouts May 22-24, May 29-31 and June 4-7 while mandatory minicamp is set for June 12-14.

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