BEREA - It wasn't a picture-perfect day on the practice field for the Browns Thursday.
Another day of intense heat could have had something to do with the lethargic performance. The doldrums of one week on the field could
have been another factor.
Coach Romeo Crennel wasn't pleased with what he witnessed. He made sure the players were aware that off days aren't part of the plan.
"I think they were hoping for rain today, but they didn't get it," Crennel said of an overall performance that was lethargic.
"They kind of went through the motions and were feeling a little sorry for themselves and not as efficient as they need to be.
"I told them they have to start stringing some good practices together and do it at an efficient level. Until we can start doing that and developing some consistency, it's
going to be tough to make the kind of improvement we need to make."
DROUGHNS OUT: Running back Reuben Droughns sat out the practice with a strain of the right hamstring. The injury is believed to be minor. Droughns walked off the field without any sign of a limp.
PAIN IN THE BRAIN: The case of Daylon McCutcheon's headaches continues to be a concern. McCutcheon was sent to a specialist Wednesday. He'll continue to receive treatments before being re-evaluated.
"Everybody who misses time - particularly at the beginning of training camp -
is rusty when they come back," Crennel said. "You just don't hop back on the bicycle and be as effective as you were last season. It's
going to take him time to get his timing back and to get into hitting shape and
to learn the new terminology."
MAKING STRIDES: Outside linebacker Chaun Thompson intercepted a pass by Josh Harris. Thompson, who's working with the first team on the weak side, is having a solid camp as he closes in on the starting job on the weak side..
'I just know that I have to make plays,' Thompson said. 'When the opportunity
comes to you, you have to make the most of it.'
FAMILY FUN NIGHT: The Browns will practice Saturday at Cleveland Browns Stadium (7 p.m.). The session won't involve full contact. Players will make contact with ball carriers and receivers, but tackling won't be allowed.