Running Back Trent Richardson reported last week and was practicing with the rookies and players coming back from injury. He is 100% and ready to go.
Safety Jamoris Slaughter has been cleared and will be full go for the first practice. Tashaun Gipson might be the favorite to land that job, but do not be surprised if Slaughter pushes for that spot along with Johnson Bademosi. If not for the Achilles injury, he was expected to be drafted much higher, so fans should not be dissuaded by the fact he was a sixth round pick. None of these guys are heralded, so it should be one of the more interesting battles in camp. No one outside of hardcore football fans and engaged Browns fans has any idea who any of these guys are.
Wide Receiver David Nelson and offensive lineman Chris Faulk are starting training camp on Active/PUP. They can come off at any point but do not currently count against the roster total. When they come off of that list, they then count, which could come at any time as they are both day to day. Nelson is expected to have a role in this offense as a big bodied wide receiver and almost fill the role of a tight end the Browns desperately need while Faulk is an undrafted free agent who missed all of last season with a knee injury at LSU. He will likely kick inside to guard and could be a nice addition to be depth and a developmental player. It would not be a surprise to see him ultimately end up on injured reserve, so the Browns can stash him and keep him for next year, where he could be more ready to make a bigger impact.
Coach Chudzinski said there would be competition at guard, corner, safety, and special teams which is exactly what has been said here. While local media seems to be desperate to push a quarterback competition, Brandon Weeden will get the first team reps, Jason Campbell will get the second reps, and Brian Hoyer will get third team reps.
Thursday and Friday’s practices will be in helmets and shorts. Saturday is when fully padded practices will begin.