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Kicking battle highlights Browns scrimmage

By DAN LABBE • Updated Aug 4, 2019 at 12:24 AM

CLEVELAND — The Browns kicking battle moved to a new front on Saturday night.

Kickers Austin Seibert and Greg Joseph kicked in front of the 37,686 fans at FirstEnergy Stadium for the annual Brown and Orange Scrimmage.

Net proceeds from the $5 tickets benefited the Cleveland Browns Foundation’s Get 2 School initiative, which has gone statewide.

The scrimmage was more like a regular practice, complete with individual drills and a field goal competition.

Both Seibert and Joseph kicked in a separate kicking portion of the practice, with Seibert making from 33, 38 and 48 yards and missing from 43 and 46 yards. Joseph made from 33, 38, 48, 43 and 46 yards.

During team periods near the end of practice, Joseph made a 51-yard kick and an extra point and Seibert made an extra point.

So, if you’re scoring at home, that’s four of six kicks made by Seibert on Saturday and all seven made by Joseph.

 

Mayfield scores in two-minute drill

Quarterback Baker Mayfield failed to produce a TD in his two offensive team periods from the 30, but found the end zone in his two-minute drill, hitting tight end Pharaoh Brown with a 20-yard strike near the goal line for a score.

“Today was a good showing of once you get in front of the fans and once you get in the stadium, you have to be able to block that out and execute," said the QB. "We will go back and watch this tape. It is never as good as it seems and never as bad. We have to continue to work and be game ready by September.”

In one of the team periods from the 30, Mayfield found Odell Beckham Jr. over the middle for 19 yards. That led to a 51-yard Greg Joseph field goal. In his second crack at it, he went 1-for-4 for 4 yards, and stalled on fourth down when his sideline pass to Jarvis Landry fell incomplete.

 

Willies worked with first team

Second-year wide receiver Derrick Willies continues to look like a player barreling towards making the 53-man roster. He continues his work with the first team.

Willies is working ahead of Rashard Higgins at times, who has been getting reps with the second unit and performing well there.

If Willies’ positive momentum continues, that means the competition for one of the final wide receiver roster spots will be even more fierce.

 

Injuries mounting

The Browns got Kareem Hunt back on Saturday, even though he didn’t participate in team drills. The rest of the injury list is still long with the first preseason game just days away.

Linebacker Genard Avery remained out with an ankle injury. Running backs Duke Johnson was also still out with a hamstring, as was his backfield mate Trayone Gray with a calf injury. Tight ends Seth DeValve and Demetrius Harris were both out with concussions, as was linebacker Adarius Taylor.

On the defensive line, Chad Thomas didn’t practice with an illness after returning to practice on Friday, Sheldon Richardson missed with an abdominal injury, Brian Price has a concussion and Olivier Vernon didn’t practice with a hamstring. Cornerback Phillip Gaines has a neck injury and Tavierre Thomas has a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Damion Ratley also remained out with a hamstring.

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