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Hitting hard

July 29, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Pat Shurmur calls it his favorite day of the year.

Sunday was the day the players practiced in full pads for the first time in training camp. Plenty of runs were ordered, and the players didn't hold back at times in taking shots.

Shurmur had to like what he saw of running back Trent Richardson, who took a middle screen from quarterback Brandon Weeden and made a couple of defenders miss. It's exactly what the Browns need to happen to open up the offense.

Shurmur praised the blocking of left tackle Joe Thomas and left guard Jason Pinkston, and for the second straight day he praised rookie defensive tackle John Hughes and Billy Winn.

Weeden looked better than he did Saturday, but he did underthrow Mohamed Massaquoi on a seam route. Safety Eric Hagg played under Massaquoi and was able to make the interception in 7 on 7 drills.

James Dockery picked off Colt McCoy on a pass intended for rookie receiver Travis Benjamin during 7 on 7s.

Injury-prone running back Montario Hardesty looked healthy and quick. Shurmur said it's the quickest he's seen Hardesty look since his time in Cleveland.

O'niel Cousins lined up with the first team offense at right tackle. Rookie Mitchell Schwartz had been working with the first unit. Shurmur said he plans to work both players there before making a decision on a starter.


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