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BEREA, OH--After 15 open practices, the Cleveland Browns will have closed practices the rest of the way in preparation of putting together the 53 man roster and starting regular season play against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday September 8th.
This was a different camp this season. Unlike years past, all 15 open practices were sold out within minutes of them going on sale on Browns.com. Also, we know who are quarterback is and this was our first opportunity to see superstar Odell Beckham Jr in action. Fans got to see this:
Unlike the Hue Jackson era, Freddie Kitchens was in the middle of every public session coaching the team. Unlike the Mike Pettine era (remember him?), Kitchens made sure every practice was physical, intense and served a purpose of operating at game speed.
Browns General Manager John Dorsey is overseeing everything with his one of many pairs of Browns sweaters in 80-90 degree practice days. Dorsey ensembled the high powered backfield including Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in the backfield, loads of receivers to go around and major defensive upgrades.
We all met this guy below:
Even if this young man misses the 53 man roster, the heart and passion he showed all year long is truly an inspiration to everyone associated with the Browns organization.
Camp Kitchens was not a full honeymoon!
Freddie Kitchens in my opinion made the right call in pulling all of his top starters from the 2nd Preseason game against the Colts in fear for their safety after the heated practice. More can be done with joint-practices with other teams instead of preseason. In practice, if you hit the QB, you are good as gone.
The Browns have yet to figure out their kicking issues. But:
As Camp Kitchens comes to a close, Mayfield had to address a GQ article about Giants QB Daniel Jones and Kitchens puts a bow on camp.