NOT HAMMER TIME: Rookie punter Jamie “The Scottish Hammer” Gillan raised the eyebrows of some by kicking field goals on a far field. Veteran punter Britton Colquitt did the same, but Gillan’s history as a place-kicker and the team’s struggles at the position inspired questions to coach Freddie Kitchens about whether Gillan was a possibility at kicker.
“I did not even know he can kick field goals,” Kitchens said. “If he is out there kicking 60-yarders, hell, he may get a chance. If you can kick a 60-yarder, your ass is going to get a chance.”
The Browns drafted Gillan as a punter only because he was just 38-for-62 (61 percent) on field goals in his last three years at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
NEWS OF THE DAY: Receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry were on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s NFL preview edition, and quarterback Baker Mayfield was the subject of a profile by GQ Magazine. The stories were released online.
CAMPER OF THE DAY: Receiver Derrick Willies sent a message: Don’t you forget about me.
Willies was behind Jaelen Strong and D.J. Montgomery in the receiver rotation Saturday against the Colts and appears to be squarely on the roster bubble. He made a strong case to stick Tuesday with several catches, including a touchdown in the corner from Drew Stanton, a fade from Stanton with rookie cornerback Greedy Williams in coverage and a sliding catch on his knees along the sideline from Garrett Gilbert. He also caught an in from Mayfield to convert a third down.
PLAY OF THE DAY: The interception was impressive. Period.
Given that rookie safety J.T. Hassell was born with two fingers on his left hand, it was remarkable. Hassell dived and was outstretched in the middle of the end zone to intercept a Stanton pass in a red zone drill.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I am from Alabama. There are no hockey sticks. There is a football, baseball and basketball and that is about it. I am just talking about ice skating with your family — I’m exhausted. I am done for like two days.” — Kitchens, on not playing hockey growing up. Two members of the Columbus Blue Jackets watched practice.
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WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE: 10 a.m.-12:20 p.m., the final practice open to the public