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OTA Observations: 5-30-12

May 30, 2012 -- 2:27pm

By: Will Burge

As the QB rotation turns… - Last week it was Colt McCoy who took snaps with the first team offense and this week it is the rookie’s turn. Brandon Weeden led the offense in 11 on 11 drills throughout practice. Weeden still threw a very good ball even though he admitted after practice that he was throwing to a new group of guys.

Both Pat Shurmur and Brandon Weeden said working with the first team does not mean all that much. Shurmur said that everyone got similar amounts of reps and Weeden said the only thing it means is that he has to learn to throw to more players.

Weeden and McCoy struggling – It certainly was not the Browns best practice of the off-season. The wide receivers had a rough day and so did the quarterbacks. Colt McCoy really had a tough time in 7 on 7s and was visibly frustrated. He nearly threw an interception down the seam on an awful pass. He threw a slant that was at the receiver’s feet. He also threw an out route to Travis Benjamin which was 4 yards behind him. McCoy reacted angrily after each bad pass. One time he punched the air and another time he hit himself in the thigh.

Brandon Weeden was not perfect either. When it came time for “2 minute” drills, he was with the 2nd team offense and did not look good. He led Travis Benjamin too far on an out route for an easy first down. He was also picked off by Trevin Wade on a deep ball to Benjamin on 3rd and 5. McCoy did not fare much better in “2 minute” drills. He had a four play sequence where he threw two passes for less than three yards and then followed that up with two passes that were batted down at the line of scrimmage.

Your angry CousinsOniel Cousins will be one of the first back-up offensive lineman on the roster.  He spent time in the starting right tackle position last year and seems to have improved his body in the off-season. He also has quite a little mean streak. Cousins got mixed up in a shoving match with Kaluka Maiava after a run play in 11 on 11s. Then, in the next set of 11 on 11s, he and defensive lineman Brian Sanford ended up rolling around on the ground after the whistle. Just another day in the life of a lineman.

Bueller… Bueller… - Linebacker Scott Fujita was not at practice. He is most likely in Philadelphia where an arbitrator is listening to the grievances filed by the NFLPA over the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Also not practicing was Brian Schaefering. Every day that passes is another day that he cannot prove that he should make the roster.

Tight end Ben Watson was not present at the start of practice but ran onto the field about 15 minutes late and went right into first team drills.

The Browns also made a roster move today, releasing undrafted rookie defensive back Mike Allen. They did not add anyone yet so the roster currently sits at 89 players.


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