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Walk in the park
August 4, 2011 - Mike McLain
The Browns had a morning walk-through practice to precede an afternoon session Thursday.
The walk-through normally would have been in the afternoon, but coach Pat Shurmur decided to move the morning practice to 4:10 p.m. so that all the veterans that recently signed new contracts could get in a day of work. Accoridng to the new CBA, those players aren't allowed to practice until the new league year begins, which is officially at 4 p.m. EDT. Thursday.
To the surprise of none, first-round draft pick Phil Taylor lined up with the first team at left tackle. Ahtyba Rubin lined up on the right side, which put approximately 653 pounds on the interior.
If Taylor plays up to his draft position (21st overall), the Browns might finally have a defense that plays the run well. Rubin is coming off a breakout season when he was arguably the best player on defense.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who was signed Wednesday to fill the void created when Eric Wright signed with the Lions, is expected to be the third cornerback. He's coming off a decent season with the Eagles when he had four interceptions in 16 games (nine starts), which means he could challenge Sheldon Brown for a starting job.
No one was happier than running back Brandon Jackson to get on the field. Jackson, who played on Green Bay's Super Bowl winning team last season, was among the veterans that had to wait until 4 p.m. to practice. Jakcson considers himself more than a third-down back, but he admits that his job is to make life a bit easier for Peyton Hillis.
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