BEREA, Ohio -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of the Cleveland Browns training camp:
Most coaches go inside when it rains. Not Mike Pettine. Assured there was no worry of lightning, Pettine kept the Browns on the field during a downpour, figuring that teams have to play games in the elements so they may as well practice in them. "I thought it was good work for the quarterbacks and the receivers," Pettine said of the practice the team had to slog through. There were some missed throws and dropped passes, as the day again belonged to the defense.
Cornerback Buster Skrine had an outstanding day. He had excellent coverage to break up a deep throw from Brian Hoyer, then broke quickly on a Hoyer pass over the middle to knock it down. He later intercepted a deep throw to Charles Johnson. Pettine talked before camp began that the best thing that could happen to Skrine was the drafting of Justin Gilbert, because competition would make Skrine better. Monday was his best day on the field in camp. Gilbert missed practice with a groin muscle injury, and Skrine took advantage.
The struggles of Johnny Manziel and Hoyer in practice might have been because of the absence of Josh Gordon, who was held out with a "minor" physical issue. The receivers not named Gordon had several drops in Detroit, and Jonathan Krause never saw a ball Manziel threw that hit him in the knees. What do the rest of the receivers need to do to minimize Gordon's expected absence? "Just do their job," Pettine said. "When they have a chance to make a play, they've got to make it. Tthere won't be that many opportunities. That's just the nature of it."
Jordan Cameron returned to practice after missing the Lions game with an unspecified shoulder injury. Cameron was given a "non-contact" jersey; if all goes well he should play in Washington. ... At one point in practice, Manziel got lost in the trees of linemen and tried a flip a la Brandon Weeden, but forward. The ball fell to the ground. Manziel's best day this wasn't, but he will get more chances this week -- including with the starters. ... Pettine said CB Leon McFadden made "one heck of a play" when he intercepted a pass late in the loss to Detroit. McFadden was flagged, though, a call Pettine thought could have gone either way. "We don't want our guys to back down from competing," he said. ... Pettine mentioned ILBs Chris Kirksey and Craig Robertson and DE/LB Jabaal Sheard when asked who might have taken forward strides in Detroit. ... He also said DE Armonty Bryant has a chance to be "a special pass-rusher in this league." Pettine compared Bryant to a short Trevor Pryce, and he's a guy who had a pretty good NFL career.
The Browns return to the practice field at 9:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday.