Kareem Hunt returns to team drills, 1st 2-minute drills, Cade York saves the day: What happened at Browns training camp Day 10

BEREA, Ohio — Running back Kareem Hunt was the talk of the day after sitting out team drills Friday and Saturday in a contract stand and asking the Browns to trade him, which they have no plans to do, sources say cleveland.com.

Hunt took part in individual drills, then stood away on the sidelines to talk to his good pal Nick Chubb while D’Ernest Johnson got a few reps with the first team in a drill.

In the 11-on-11 opening set, Hunt took the second snap behind Chubb, then came back for the fourth and caught a screen pass from Deshaun Watson.

He also landed the first three reps with the starters in their first two-minute exercise of training camp, almost as if Chubb had symbolically given way to his buddy at the start of the exercise.

Hunt was fined by the club for missing team time on Friday and Saturday, and Kevin Stefanski has made it clear that such conduct is against team rules.

“If our players are healthy, they train,” he said.

After practice, Hunt ran sprints in the sweltering heat – a “like” temperature of 98 – alongside Josh Rosen and Jacoby Brissett.

Where that goes remains to be seen, but Hunt was all in Sunday.

The first 2-minute exercises

Day 10 of camp brought the first two-minute drills, always a crowd pleaser.

The only problem is that neither of the first or second team offenses scored a touchdown. Both finished with field goals from Cade York through the meager amounts, one for 33 yards and the other for 35.

Jacoby Brissett and the second team offense came first, working against the first team defense. He knocked down Anthony Schwartz deep, but found Javon Wims deep down the right side. He also hit tight end Miller Forristall with a long ball to the left. After a spike, York came in for the game kick with six seconds remaining and nailed it.

Deshaun Watson went second, working against the second-team defense. He hit Harrison Bryant on back-to-back passes, including a runaway deep ball. He knocked down Donovan Peoples-Jones in the end zone, then a through pass to Anthony Schwartz was interrupted. He joined Ja’Marcus Bradley before a throw to right-back on third down brought York out with three seconds left. Once again he delivered the game kick as time expired.

Third team Josh Dobbs was the only one to enter the end zone. Taking over with 22 seconds left and his team trailing 28-22, Dobbs hit tight end Zaire Mitchell-Paden with a 30-yard TD pass into the end zone. Michael Harley caught the two-point pass. Mitchell-Paden had also punctuated Saturday’s practice with a TD in red zone drills, shouting “this is how you end a practice!”

York, York, he’s our man

York was the camper of the day when he scored a 45-yard field goal late in practice to get post-practice team meetings canceled.

His teammates swarmed him after the kick – there was a slight debate among observers whether he had actually succeeded, but what is – and Wyatt Teller lifted him on his shoulders.

“Any time you put a young player in a competitive situation, it’s only going to help them get ahead,” special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said. “The great thing about Cade is he’s very confident. A lot of kickers, you have to pamper them a little and pamper them a little. ‘Don’t hurt his psyche.’

“Cade is not like that at all. He’s only 21, which is unbelievable. He is very mature. He understands his job. He is very intelligent. He is very confident. I think that will help here, especially in Cleveland.

Cleveland Browns Day 10 of Training Camp, August 7, 2022

Cleveland Browns players lift kicker Cade York after creating a pitch that took players out of team meetings on day 10 of training camp in Berea.John Kuntz, cleveland.com

A “little little crack in the bone”

Rookie receiver David Bell admitted that Cleveland.com reported that he suffered a stress fracture in his foot, possibly during the mandatory minicamp. But he’s happy to be back after being activated off PUP on Saturday.

“I’m honestly not sure [how it happened],” he said. “I woke up one day and was in a bit of pain so I went over there and had to get an x-ray. The x-ray showed what happened. We have a plan together to get me back as soon as possible. It was frustrating because I just wanted to be out there to show what I can do, but it’s God’s plan and God’s timing. I’m here right now, and it’s am I looking forward to it.

Don’t just call him a ghost

Pro Bowl returner Jakeem Grant, who is just 5-6, has beaten all odds his entire career and isn’t stopping anytime soon. He had a great camp and was used a lot as a receiver, especially with all the injuries in his position. He’s made the most of his chances and expects to do more than return punts and kicks.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I always preach that I’m a receiver first before a returner. I will continue to preach this message. I will continue to work on this until I have the opportunity to have this breakout season.

injuries

The following players sat out Sunday with injuries: DT Sheldon Day (back), CB Shaun Jolly (groin), LB Silas Kelly (hamstring) CB Denzel Ward (foot) and WR Michael Woods II (hamstring).

They said it

Kevin Stefanski, on Hunt’s trade demand distractions and Deshaun Watson’s ordeal: “It’s normal. It’s normal guys. It’s NFL football. For all I know.”

Jakeem Grant on his elusiveness strategy: “Be a jitterbug. Just don’t get hit. I’m always proud of the fact that you can’t touch what you can’t catch. If they can’t catch me, they can’t hit me.

They did it

How is it for everyone? Hunt ran post-training sprints on a hot and humid day with a “like” temperature of 98.

The Browns surprised these happy high schoolers with jerseys after practice.

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