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Training camp log, Day 8

WHEEL IN THE SKY: For coach Freddie Kitchens, the journey’s what matters. As tight ends coach with the Cardinals in 2008, he reached the Super Bowl for the only time. The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to the Steelers, but he said his fondest memories are from the road to the big game.

He was reminded of the ride Friday when Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, the Cardinals quarterback that year, visited camp as part of NFL Network’s coverage.

“Kurt and I share a bond,” Kitchens said. “The relationships you form during those stretches, not necessarily the game, but the journey to get there. I remember the NFC championship game and us beating Carolina there in the divisional round a lot more than I remember the Super Bowl.”

NEWS OF THE DAY: Kicker Phil Dawson signed with the Browns and was quickly placed on the reserve/retired list. He gave an emotional speech officially announcing his retirement.

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CAMPER OF THE DAY: After defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence made another play in the backfield, Kitchens told the offensive linemen they hadn’t been able to block him all day.

Kitchens wasn’t far off. Lawrence had two tackles for loss and another at the line of scrimmage. Kitchens said Lawrence had flashed during camp but was more consistent Friday.

“Every time that ball snapped, he was getting after it,” Kitchens said. “That is what we want to be defensively.”

PLAY OF THE DAY: Odell Beckham Jr. flipped his body, reached behind him and grabbed the ball with his left hand as he ran down the right sideline while covered by rookie cornerback Greedy Williams. Beckham makes the difficult look easy, and this was a perfect example.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wanted to get this done before the football season got going, and I also needed to close the book for me so I can start moving forward.” — Dawson, on his retirement.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE: Orange & Brown Scrimmage at FirstEnergy Stadium, 4-6 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available.

 

 

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