3 takeaways from start of Cleveland Browns mandatory minicamp

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The Cleveland Browns are nearing the finish line of their offseason program. With one more practice session to go, here are three takeaways from their mandatory minicamp.

The Cleveland Browns have one more practice session left before they conclude their offseason program. The first practice session took place at the team’s facility in Berea, OH. For the second session, the team took their show on the road down to Canton to practice at Tom Benson Field in front of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski wants the team to understand their roots and gain some historical context for the franchise that they play for. There’s no better way to accomplish that and amass some team building than taking a trip to Canton. Being that the Hall of Fame is only one hour from Berea, it was a great way to break up the monotony of a hot day on the practice field in June.

So far, the summer sessions have had great energy and a positive vibe, but there is only so much you can ascertain from players practicing in tee shirts and shorts. But there have been a few players worth highlighting so far. Here are three takeaways from the first two mandatory minicamp practices.

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Jun 14, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver David Bell (18) catches a pass during minicamp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns Takeaway No. 3: David Bell looks like a pro

By all accounts, since he arrived in Berea, David Bell has yet to drop a pass in any practice session since joining the Browns. Now that does not mean that he should be getting fitted for his Hall of Fame jacket, but it does speak to the consistency that Bell approaches practices with.

When he has gotten the opportunity to run with the first-team offense, Bell has stepped up making numerous tough catches and demonstrating that he is ready for the moment.

While success in June practices is just that and does not simply transfer to on-field success when the real football arrives in late July. But what Bell is doing by putting these solid practice sessions together is gaining the confidence and building a rapport with the Browns quarterbacks, and most notably Deshaun Watson.

The maligned quarterback has been working with Bell both on and off the field to speed up his NFL learning curve.


There is a role open on this team for a solid sure-handed slot receiver and Bell appears to be ready to claim it.