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Browns Joe Haden implores DBs to step it up, and they do

Jul 26, 2013 -- 8:13pm

By Tony Grossi |



Extra Points …

Observations, notes, quotes and some facts on Day 2 of Browns training camp …

* Four to 6:30 was Happy Hour for the Browns’ secondary on Friday. The DBs got more hands on balls than the receivers, it seemed. All three quarterbacks were victimized.

Joe Haden jumped an out route by Josh Gordon and notched a Pick Six. Buster Skrine did the same on Gordon later. Trevin Wade had an interception. There were also two dropped interceptions by safety Johnson Bademosi, one by safety Tashaun Gipson and one by cornerback Josh Aubrey, plus several other pass breakups. Haden was all over the place.

“We were doing our thing out there today,” Haden said. “I was excited for my boys. Everybody’s just moving around so fast. (Thursday) the offense was getting the best of us. Today we came out and tried to step it up. We had a meeting and said, ‘C’mon man, we need to get our hands on more balls.”

I asked coach Rob Chudzinski if there was something about the offensive installation that promoted the defensive day.

“Whatever it is, we won’t put those in tomorrow,” joked Chud, somewhat hoarse and raspy after his first two practices. “The past two days have been large (offensive) installs for us. This was a third and long day.

“I think the secondary made some real nice plays, broke well on the ball. We’ll have to look at the tape and see where we go from there on both sides of the ball.”

* Bademosi was upset with his two dropped interceptions. After practice, he spent time catching balls shot out by the JUGS machine. Bademosi, making the transition from cornerback to free safety, is playing behind Tashaun Gipson with the second team. Rookie Jamoris Slaughter is the second-team strong safety behind T.J. Ward, though Bademosi said he and Slaughter have alternated positions on occasion.

“I think he’s making progress on a day to day basis,” Chudzinski said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable at a new position. Everybody’s gonna have ups and downs. The key is progressing, going in the right direction.”

* Saturday marks the first practice in full uniform and pads. The coaches have been longing to see their players make meaningful contact since April.

“We’re gonna hit. We won’t be tackling to the ground. That doesn’t mean nobody will be on the ground,” Chudzinski said. “We’ll hit. We’ll block. We’ll thud up and wrap up. It’s about time to get the pads on.”

The coach said he’s particularly interested in seeing the offensive and defensive lines in full pads.

“They’ve been trying to block each other and trying to get off blocks and being careful and we’re working to protect each other. Now you can cut it loose and see the physicality and the finish,” he said.

Chud said the team also will practice in pads on Sunday, and then he will judge next week’s schedule after that.

* As he Tweeted earlier in the day, receiver David Nelson was cleared to practice for the first time since signing in April. Nelson was limited to individual drills.

* Gordon returned and looked none the worse from a leg cramp that took him out of Thursday’s practice.

* Nose tackle Phil Taylor (calf) and tight end Kellen Davis (knee) remained out. Offensive tackle Oniel Cousins left with a sprained ankle.

* Practice ended with one coach bellowing, “That’s not good enough.”

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 46 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Email your “Hey Tony” questions to

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