Record crowds at Browns camp
James W. Wade III | 7/31/2014, 9:24 a.m.
The Cleveland Browns training camp opened last week to record crowds with everyday a sellout. The Browns are gearing up for their first pre season game August 9, in Detroit.
After having Wednesday off, they return to camp today to compete for the orange jersey. Attendance for the weekend two days were 3,866 on Sunday combined with 3,702 on Saturday for a two-day training camp attendance of 7,568. The most in back-to-back sessions since 2005 (when figures were first recorded), surpassing the previous record of 7,137 in 2012 (July 28-29). Sunday’s and Saturday’s sessions are the third- and fourth-highest attended Browns practices since at least 2005, respectively.
The Browns have hosted more than 3,000 people in each of their first four practices, marking the first time the team has surpassed the mark in four consecutive practices since 2005, when totals were first recorded.
Total attendance for Browns 2014 training camp is 14,119, the highest total for four consecutive training camp practices since at least 2005.
Missing in action from the Browns camp is offensive lineman Jason Pinkston. Many are asking and no answers from the Browns yet on why he is not in camp. Pinkston tweeted this “I can assure you I'm in no legal trouble & retiring hasn't come up. As far as my situation I'll leave it to them to explain.”
Early Monday morning the Browns released a statement. “Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to participate in football activities. The team has been in communication with Jason and his representatives and will respect their wishes to not provide any further details at this time.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon has been in camp and nothing has been said about what the National Football League (NFL) is going to do about him. “I think you have to because you just hear everything that could possibly happen. You don’t want to get yourself in a situation where you start with him in a certain way, and then you’re just waiting for the news. Until we get it, it’s truly is business as usual,” said Browns coach Mike Pettine.
So many questions about the Browns moving forward have the public wanting to know, the quarterback starter. So far during camp Hoyer seems to be the front runner while they get ready for the first game.
Brian Hoyer has taken the first string snaps and is expected to start on August 9, and play more minutes. Hoyer feels real good about him being the number one quarterback and does not look at Johnny Manziel as doing anything but competing for a job.
“I think I feel the same way about it as I did when I left. It’s my job and until somebody tells me otherwise that’s how I feel about it. So I’ve worked hard to prepare myself for this training camp. Now that we’re here, I’m just excited to get going, to see some of these faces back in the locker room. I was here with the early report group and we had two days of good work. Now, it’s time to really go,” said Hoyer.