BEREA, Ohio — With Browns offensive tackles Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills Jr. battle-tested every day by Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett, Sundays will be, as former Browns coach Butch Davis used to say, a walk in the cake.
The two former No. 1 overall picks have been giving the tackles and their help all they can handle in camp, and when it’s all said and done, they’ll all have game faces on.
“Just a different kind of player,’’ Conklin said in his podium interview of Clowney. “Myles can do everything. It’s tough. He’s so quick. JD brings a whole ‘nother level of physicality. He’s maybe a little bit more violent where Myles is a little more finesse in certain situations, but they both can do all of it and do just about anything. It’s really hard to categorize them differently because they both are very similar in certain ways, but I’d say maybe JD is a little more violent.”
Clowney has spent plenty if time in the Browns offensive backfield, getting acquainted with backs and tight ends, and making Baker Mayfield get rid of the ball quickly.
Here are some other things that happened on Day 9:
1. Troy Hill is mentoring Greg Newsome II
Hill can often be seen schooling up No. 26 overall pick Newsome between series, and it was more of the same on Saturday. Newsome is absorbing all the knowledge he can from Hill and others in his bid to start right away opposite Denzel Ward.
“He’s going to be a great player,’’ Hill, a seventh-year pro said. “He’s going to be a star in the making. He’s really humble. He definitely wants to be great. I see the work ethic in him, too. I’m excited to be a part of his journey and at the start of his journey. I’m excited to be here.”
Hill has been instrumental in helping Newsome learn the nickel corner position in the event he’s pressed into service there.
2. Myles Garrett gets heckled
Garrett spends some time each day interacting with fans at practice, waving, throwing them gloves and otherwise engaging them. On Saturday, he threw some bottles of water into the fans, and after one errant toss, a youngster heckled him.
“That’s why you’re a defensive end and not a quarterback,’’ he yelled.
With fans prohibited from getting autographs this year amid the pandemic, Garrett has taken it upon himself to entertain the crowd. Clowney got in on the act Saturday too, dancing to chants of “Clowney! Clowney!”
3. Takk McKinley out indefinitely
The Browns’ defensive end is excused for a personal reason, and coach Kevin Stefanski acknowledged that there’s no timeframe for his return. He said he’s hopeful he’ll be back by the season opener, but can’t go further into it. The Browns were hoping that McKinley, whom they signed to a one-year contract worth $4.25 million in the offseason, could be their third end in the rotation behind Clowney and Garrett. If he gets back soon, he still has that chance.
4. DT Andrew Billings whittles his waistline
Billings dropped 20 pounds between minicamp and training camp, which is what the staff asked him to do. He’s noticeably trimmer and moving well in camp. He’s also enjoying playing alongside 10-year vet Malik Jackson
“Not only his motor, but also his knowledge,’’ Billings said of his tackle mate. “We’ve got a lot of guys around us that are young, so having him on the team is like an extra coach. When the player says something, it might hit a little different than when a coach says something.’’
5. Injuries and idle players
The following players did not practice today due to injury: Tony Fields II (foot), S Ronnie Harrison Jr. (hamstring), WR Alexander Hollins (hamstring), LB Montrel Meander (hamstring), S Sheldrick Redwine (ankle), WR Anthony Schwartz (hamstring), LB Anthony Walker Jr. (knee), and Grant Delpit (Achilles recovery). Odell Beckham Jr. and Denzel Ward were among the veterans resting.
6. The Browns not in pads
The Browns took off the pads Saturday and practiced at a walk-through pace in the heat and humidity. They’re gearing up for the Orange and Browns scrimmage Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium, which will be a padded practice.
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