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July 25, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- The Browns won't officially open training camp until Saturday morning, but coach Pat Shurmur got in some work with rookies during a 90-minute practice Wedensday.
Included among the rookies was receiver Josh Gordon, who was selected in a recent supplemental draft for a second-round pick in the 2013 draft. Gordon stood tall among other receivers at 6-3 and 225 pounds. He exhibited a long, smooth stride, but he said he wasn't going 100 percent because of a quadricep injury he suffered running the 40 earlier this month.
Gordon told reporters after practice that he's determined to avoid the off-the-field problems that ended his college career. He tested positive twice for marijuana use at Baylor. He was subsequently suspended before transferring to Utah, where he never played a down.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden had the look of a starter as he challenges veterans Colt McCoy and Seneca Wallace. Weeden's best throw was a bullet to receiver Rod Windsor on a deep out. The ball arrived a fraction of a second before two closing defenders arrived.
Shurmur was vague when asked when he will name a starting quarterback. He would like have one in place as soon as possible. He indicated he doesn't need to see each player in a lot of preseason action to make his call.
McCoy did make a good throw on a 10-yard completion to Gordon, who broke off on a short inside breaking route. McCoy continues to carry a body langauge that indicates he knows he's not going to start.
Gordon's addition will make for some inetresting times when final cuts are made. Receiervs certain to make teh roster are Gordon, fellow rookie Travs Benjamin, Greg Hill and Joshua Cribbs. Mohamed Massaquoi would seem to be a lock, but he has to be careful with Jordan Norwood, CArlotn Mitchell and rookei free agent Josh Cooper in the mix.
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