Browns Notes: Cade York named top rookie in camp, roster down to 85
BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Kicker Cade York was voted as this year’s winner of the Maurice Bassett award, which goes to the most outstanding rookie in camp.
York had another perfect 6-6 afternoon Tuesday, including a 54 yarder that sailed through the top of the uprights and would have been good from 60-plus.
“I go back to the spring. He came in and kicked really well in the spring,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “I think he works hard at his craft. That is really the big part for me with all these rookies, but Cade in particular was working hard every single day. There are days he does not kick where he is working on his body or he is watching the tape and those type of things.
“Just understand that all of these rookies while they may flash here and earn that distinction, they have to continue to work.”
York made 28 of 30 field goals during camp. His only misses came from 50 and 58.
Down to 85 – The Browns trimmed the roster to 85 ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline Tuesday.
Nick Harris and Dawson Deaton were placed on injured reserve. Harris suffered a knee injury on the second play of the preseason opener Friday night at Jacksonville and Deaton went down with a knee injury during Monday’s practice.
Stefanski would not disclose the specifics of either injury.
The team terminated the contract of defensive tackle Sheldon Day, who was on the non-football injury list since camp began and tackle Elijah Nkansah was waived with an injury designation.
Linebacker Silas Kelly was also waived from injured reserve and receiver Easop Winston was claimed off waivers. Winston spent time with he Rams and Saints. Last year for New Orleans, he appeared in three games where he had one catch for 5 yards and 10 punt returns for 119 yards.
Finish strong – Both the first- and second-team offenses were successful in their late-game situations to end practice Tuesday.
With less than a minute on the clock and the Browns ‘trailing’ on the scoreboard 24-21, Jacoby Brissett found Anthony Schwartz, who made a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch, for a 36-yard touchdown.
Deshaun Watson capped his possession by hitting Miller Forrestall, who strolled into the end zone, for 24-yard TD while Richard LeCounte III expressed his frustration at getting beat. On the previous play Watson floated a beautiful ball to Mike Harley Jr., who appeared to make the catch against tight coverage from Parnell Motley but was ruled out of bounds.
Back in there – Right tackle Jack Conklin took reps with the first team offense Tuesday – his first 11-on-11 work since suffering a torn patellar tendon last November 28 in Baltimore that ended his season.
Conklin had previously been limited to individual and positional work.
That’s a wrap – The Browns closed out the open portion of training camp for fans Tuesday. Practice ended a little early so players could head to the stands surrounding the field to sign autographs and take pictures.
“The support has been unbelievable, which we really should not be surprised from our fans,” Stefanski said. “Every single day just having so many families out here and so may kids out here, it has been outstanding. Northeast Ohio, they love their Brownies, and we feel it when we are out here. I want to say a special thank you to all of the fans who came out today, the last couple of weeks or whatever it has been. Definitely appreciate their support.”
Final Puppy Pound count – Eight puppies were adopted Tuesday bringing this year’s camp total to 69. Since the program’s launch in 2015, 694 puppies from the Northeast Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) have been adopted by Browns fans at training camp practices.
Roll call – CB Greg Newsome II (hamstring), DE Isaiah Thomas (hand), DE Chase Winovich (hamstring) and WR Michael Woods II (hamstring) did not practice due to injury.
DE Myles Garrett remains excused due to a personal matter.
DE Jadeveon Clowney and receiver Amari Cooper worked on the side.
Up next – Players off Wednesday. Joint practices with the Eagles, which are closed to the public, begin Thursday.