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Getting noticed

August 20, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- The star of the day at training camp Monday was free agent safety David Sims.

Sims intercepted Brandon Weeden and Seneca Wallace on passes in 7-on-7 drills. Sims returned the pick of Wallace for a touchdown.

With Mike Adams having signed with the Denver Broncos during the offseason, a roster spot is open in the deep secondary. T.J. Ward will start at strong safety and it appears that second-year player Eric Hagg will start at free safety. Usama Young, who's been injured most of camp, is expected to land a spot. Ray Ventrone will also make the roster, but because he's known more for his special teams play than his play on defense there's still a need for a fourth safety.

The play of the day was made by rookie receiver Josh Gordon, who jumped high to pull the ball away from James Dockery for a completion. Gordon still struggles with some concepts of defensive back awareness, but coach Pat Shurmur said there's nothing wrong with him when he runs deep.

Rookie defensive tackle John Hughes suffered what appeared to be a minor lower-leg injury Sunday, which kept him sidelined Monday. He is walking without a limp. He said the injury isn't a concern and that he should be back soon.

Neither Weeden nor Colt McCoy were able to score on two-minute drills in which the offense needed a touchdown. Both possessions ended with unsuccessful Hail Mary passes.

Shurmur felt that practice was better than Sunday when the players seemed out of sync after a day off. Weeden was sharper on his throws and there were no glaring drops.

Defensive back Antwuan Reed pulled up limping playing the gunner role on punt coverage. He was seen holding the back of one of his legs.


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