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Record crowds at Browns camp

James W. Wade III | 7/31/2014, 9:24 a.m.
Total attendance for Browns 2014 training camp is 14,119, the highest total for four consecutive training camp practices since at ...
Browns number one pick Justin Gilbert (Shirt up) stretching in the Browns training camp. Photo by MYCHAL LILLY

When the media asked coach Pettine if there is a real opportunity for Manziel to win the No. 1 quarterback spot in training camp: “Absolutely, not just at quarterback, but a lot of other positions are open. A player comes in and they perform better than the guy that we have in place at the No. 1, then we’ll go ahead and make a change. We will be a team where the best guys play. It’s an easy question: who gives us the best chance to win? They’ll play, quarterback is no exception.” To date, Browns fans from 36 states have visited Berea for training camp (Ohio, Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin).

Cleveland’s own Donte Whitner is expected to bring his hard hitting defense to the Browns and seems to be ready for the season. “Mental toughness. It’s just like that conditioning test. It was easy to run the first 10, the first 15, but when you get to the last five, four, three and two, you really see who wants to play football. It’s the same thing in the NFL. You can go out in the beginning of the game when you’re fresh and play well in the first quarter and the second quarter; you can come out at halftime and play well in the third quarter; but when it’s crunch time and the opposition is still running the football at you, the fullback is still hitting you, who’s going to fold? That’s where the good football teams rise to the occasion. They remain mentally tough. They understand what’s on the line. A long time ago, I learned if you put a lot of work into this game, it’s hard to surrender in the fourth quarter. That’s why we put so much work into the offseason so that in the fourth quarter, it’s hard to surrender those close games. That’s what we planned on doing this year,” said Whitner.

“It was a competitive period where the offense had to gain 20 yards. That was best out of five. The defense won three out of the first four. The reward is we have orange practice jerseys that the defense will wear on Thursday. We’ll go back and forth. Hopefully, the jerseys – I know the D [defense] won’t want to give them up – but I have a feeling that they’ll hopefully bounce back and forth,” said Coach Pettine.

The Browns may be a team to pay attention too in 2014, they are even fighting in practice. Runnibf Back Ben Tate threw the football at Rubin and many players broke out in the fight on the field.

“When we talk about the kind of team we want to be, you have to practice that way. It’s hard. It’s difficult. I can’t tell that lie that we can be a certain way on the practice field and carry it on the game field. There are going to be times when it does boil over. You don’t want one side of the ball to get bullied by the other. There has to be some push back, whether it’s offense vs. defense or defense vs. offense. You look at that and it’s the price of doing business. You don’t like to see it. You’re afraid somebody could potentially get hurt in it. It breaks up the rhythm of practice, but at times, it’s going to happen,” said Coach Pettine.

The Cleveland Browns reached their registration capacity for 2014 Family Day, which will be hosted Saturday, Aug. 2 at University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. Browns fans collected more than 25,000 free tickets in less than 10 hours following the public release.