Freddie Kitchens is making the Browns morning people for this version of training camp.
After three straight years of afternoon practices, Cleveland has kicked things off with five straight days of 10 a.m. sessions. That will continue Wednesday and through the majority of training camp with the exception of a few in the afternoon following the Browns' preseason opener against Washington and a couple at 4 p.m. when the team travels to Indianapolis for joint practices.
Kitchens explained Monday why he shook things up a bit in his first season as head coach.
"I do not know if studies have shown it or not, but my belief is the more recovery time you can give them with the sleep added to it at night – of course, you are going to sleep every night – but when you practice in the morning you have all day to recover," Kitchens said. "You can get treatment and stuff. You can get in the hot tub. You can get in the saunas. You can get treatment in the training rooms. Then you can go back to meetings and start preparing for the next day. Then you can go home and sleep or you can get treatment after the meetings. We have plenty of opportunities to get treatment and get our bodies back in shape before we practice the next morning.
"It was just the simple fact that you have the ability to eat three meals before we practice again. To me, that is a big thing."
The rest will extend through a few more meals Tuesday, the Browns' first day off of training camp.
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