By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
Observations, notes, quotes and some facts on Day 5 of Browns training camp …
* Receiver Josh Gordon was held out after individual drills. There seemed to be a disagreement about Gordon’s effort in finishing plays.
At one point in individuals, a coach screamed to Gordon to “finish!” and Gordon gave off some undesirable body language. Soon after, when the team drills began, Gordon was pulled out. Gordon spent the rest of the practice watching from the sideline.
A scheduled interview with Gordon after practice on “Training Camp Daily” on SportsTime Ohio then was canceled by the Browns’ media relations department.
Coach Rob Chudzinski began his post-practice remarks with a report on Gordon.
“Josh Gordon had some patellar tendinitis, so he started out, tried to push through it and we pulled him and sat him down for the rest of practice. Not concerned about it. Shouldn’t be too big a deal,” the coach said.
Asked if there was an incident that caused the injury, Chudzinski said, “It just had been bothering him. He went through a little bit through the individual (period) and it was bothering him enough that we stopped him.”
Travis Benjamin took Gordon’s place with the first team. In a two-minute drill later in the practice, Benjamin joined Greg Little and Davone Bess in three-receiver formations. It was the first indication of how the Browns might compensate for Gordon during his two-game suspension to start the season.
“I did good,” said Benjamin, who has caught the ball well in his second training camp. “We’ve been rotating every day. He’ll take a couple reps, I’ll take a couple reps. It’s just a (good) feeling of going with the ones and making progress with it.”
* The offenses executed two-minute situations for the first time. Results were “mixed,” as Chudzinski put it.
In the first set of drills, the offenses were aiming to set up a field goal with 50 seconds on the clock at the 40-yard line. A Brandon Weeden completion of 16 yards set up the first field goal, made from 42 yards by Shayne Graham.
Jason Campbell threw a touchdown to Jordan Norwood over defensive back Josh Aubrey, who didn’t look for the ball, with the No. 2 unit. Coaches then sent in Brandon Bogotay to try a field goal from 47 yards, and he made it.
The No. 1 offense came back on with 52 seconds on the clock to try for a touchdown. Weeden got the offense to the 7-yard line, and then a third-down pass on the run intended for Bess was intercepted by Chris Owens.
Brian Hoyer then got his shot with the second team. Josh Cooper made a good sideline catch, getting both feet down just in time, at the 14. But on the next play, Hoyer threw high into the middle of the field. The ball was deflected and intercepted by defensive back Kent Richardson.
“ We’ll continue to work on those situations,” said Chudzinski.
* For the second day in a row, running back Montario Hardesty (hamstring) was among the players not practicing.
* For the first time, nose tackle Phil Taylor took a few reps in team drills.
* When the first team offense deployed a fullback, Chris Ogbonnaya filled the role.
* Players are off on Tuesday, so there is no practice. Chudzinski said the team would be in full pads on Wednesday.
* Team President Alec Scheiner outline enhancements being made on game days.
They include: 20 new turnstiles and 44 new security screening chutes to speed entrance into FirstEnergy Stadium, upgraded cell phone service, an improved team store plus new merchandise kiosks throughout, new player introductions, a DJ on the field to play music before the game and one in a stadium booth to take over during the game, a drumline to stir up excitement, and more than 100 televisions to fan areas inside the stadium. Scheiner said there also will be surprises that will not be unveiled until the season opener on Sept. 8.
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