Haden standing out during camp
CLEVELAND – It was an easy choice in selecting the star of Saturday’s practice at Browns training camp.
Cornerback Joe Haden had a pair of interceptions, both off quarterback Brandon Weeden. The first came near the back of the end zone on a ball targeted for receiver Josh Gordon. Haden later picked off Weeden on a short out route by receiver Davone Bess and took it in for a touchdown.
“When you’re a corner, sometimes it’s hard to get your hands on balls a lot and jump routes and feel comfortable,” Haden said. “Coach (defensive coordinator Ray Horton) is seeing what I can get away with. Trying to jump routes and playing what I see.”
If an award is given out for the top player in camp, Haden would certainly be in the running. His coverage has been consistently good. It doesn’t matter which receiver lines up opposite of him, as he showed Saturday.
“I feel like I’m doing pretty well,” Haden said. “I’m just trying to keep improving every day. I want to be a leader on this defense. I have to come out every day on the top of my game and not taking any days off. Trying to set up the tempo for the secondary.”
- A SIGHTING: There was a Trent Richardson sighting. The running back returned to the field after missing time with a lower-leg injury. He was kicked in the shin area near where he suffered an injury during an offseason training activity (OTA) practice.
Richardson took a few snaps with the first-team offense. He watched most of the final stages as Dion Lewis worked with the first team.
Coach Rob Chudzinski will have more information next week concerning the possibility of Richardson playing Thursday in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
“We just want to keep him healthy for the opener,” Chudzinski said.
- WHO’S THE FASTEST?: Normally the competition for the fastest player on any roster would involve running backs, receivers and defensive backs. With the Browns you can also throw in linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who recently held his own in an after-practice challenge.
“Mingo is a fast player,” cornerback Buster Skrine said.
- PEANUT-BUTTER CHALLENGE: Chudzinski’s challenge to the players during a goal-line drill was for peanut-butter sandwiches for the offense if it didn’t score and the defense if it allowed a touchdown. Weeden completed a pass to Dion Lewis on an angle route. Lewis fought his way into the end zone, but Chudzinski ruled that Weeden would have been sacked.
- INJURY REPORT: Safeties T.J. Ward and Jamoris Slaughter returned from injuries. Slaughter tore an Achilles’ tendon at Notre Dame last year. Fullback Brock Bolen, fullback Brad Smelley, running back Montario Hardesty, receiver David Nelson, receiver Jordan Norwood and cornerback Chris Owens were out.
- CAMPING OUT: Owner James Haslam watched practice with general manager Michael Lombardi. Haslam looked like he just returned from the gym, wearing a gray t-shirt and shorts. … Weeden hasn’t had many passes knocked down, but Phil Taylor got a hand on an attempt. … Weeden threw a pair of touchdown passes to Greg Little in 11-on-11 near the goal line. … Jason Campbell completed a touchdown pass on a fade route to Josh Cooper. Trevin Wade had coverage. … Receiver Naaman Roosevelt made a one-handed grab of a pass in the back of the end zone, but he couldn’t keep both feet inbounds.