BEREA, Ohio — Deshaun Watson and the Browns offense worked against the defense for the first time in camp, with Watson throwing touchdown passes into the end zone to Nick Chubb, Harrison Bryant and David Njoku.
Watson, taking all the first-team reps as though a potential suspension isn’t looming, operated two 7-on-7 drills and completed numerous attempts to Donovan Peoples-Jones, Demetric Felton on a deep ball, and others.
Jacoby Brissett took the second-team reps, with Josh Dobbs going third and Josh Rosen fourth.
In red zone 7-on-7s, Watson rolled to the right and found Harrison Bryant in the back of the end zone. Safety Ronnie Harrison Jr knocked the ball away from fullback Johnny Stanton in the end zone on a pass from Brissett.
Watson and Brissett also got good work in 11-on-11s, albeit with no pads. The first day in pads is Tuesday.
Fans coming Saturday
After three straight practices closed to the public, the Browns will welcome fans to camp for the first time on Saturday.
“It always does (feel different with the fans),” Stefanski said. “It does. The players love playing in front of the fans. We are excited to have (the fans). It will be my first training camp where it’s a true open camp and you have both sides of the field with fans. I think it was a little bit more mutated with just one side and that type of thing. I’m looking forward to that. I’m looking forward to that energy that it brings because it does ramp up the energy that the players then have.”
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Anthony Schwartz day-to-day
Stefanski revealed Friday that Schwartz suffered only a strained knee in practice on Thursday and that he’s day-to-day. He said the injury is not severe, and that Schwartz will be ready for the opener in Carolina.
Schwartz participated in the morning walkthrough with a wrap on his left knee, but skipped the afternoon session. It’s a setback for Schwartz, but not as bad as it could’ve been.
Watson’s suspension could be announced early next week.
It wasn’t part of a Friday news dump, and could be handed down early next week by NFL Disciplinary Officer Sue L. Robinson. At that point, the NFL and NFL Players Association will decide if they want to appeal unless they agree not to before the sanctions are announced and Robinson’s word is final.
Ruling on Watson could come early next week
The Browns claimed safety Jovante Moffatt waivers off via the Jets
The Browns welcomed back Moffatt (5-foot-11, 213 pounds), who spent the past two seasons here after signing with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2020 out of Middle Tennessee State. He spent most of the season on the Browns’ practice squad in 2021, but appeared in five games. In his two seasons, he’s played in 14 games and registered 10 tackles. Moffatt is a native of Union City, Tenn., and is officially in his third season.
Denzel Ward participates in catch drills after practice
Ward is doing as much as he can while on the PUP list with his foot injury. After practice, he worked alongside his defensive teammates on catch-and-tuck drills.
“He’s still there,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said. “He still comes to all of the meetings and we have some walkthroughs and we’re teaching guys techniques. I think it just gives other guys the opportunity to get reps – MJ Emerson can get more reps and some different combinations on the field. It helps out, and we know we will get Denzel back in a couple of weeks.”
They said it
Joe Woods, on Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah looking like a running back on the field
“Absolutely. We talk about our linebackers, we want them to look like the animals that they hunt. We want our linebackers to resemble running backs because those are the guys they have to defend.”
Kevin Stefanski, on the players talking about the good new vibe
“I’m not really big on vibes.”
Donovan Peoples-Jones, on the Browns trading for Amari Cooper
“Growing up, he was one of my favorite players, was actually the reason I wore No. 9 in high school and in college, so it’s dope.”
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