BEREA, Ohio - The first Cleveland Browns organized team activities finished up this week out in Berea under new head coach Rob Chudzinski.
"I've been pleased with the OTAs as a whole with the progress we have been able to make. I'm looking forward to minicamp and really looking forward to when we can put the pads on in training camp," Chudzinski said.
The rookie head coach got through the first three weeks without any major injuries. Running back Trent Richardson has been held out of the team's activities for precautionary reasons and is hopeful the rest will have him ready for training camp in July.
"It isn't anything to worry about, I could be out there but they just want to be cautious about it," he said. Richardson went on to say he expects to be fully healthy and he will not be known as an "injury prone" player.
"Everybody knows it's not going to be like last year, injury prone is not going to be me and I just can't wait to get back out there," Richardson said.
Chudznski's squad will go through one more practice on Friday and then focus on next week's three-day mandatory mini-camp. The Browns coach was asked if Richardson will be a part of those practices.
"We'll just wait and see until we get closer to minicamp next and see what his participation level with be at that time. Again, we are being conservative with him."
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden continues to have an impressive camp, showing the arm strength that is needed for offensive coordinator Norv Turner's vertical attack.
"I try not to make the same mistake twice, some of these are the same routes we were running last week and I coming back and making the right read and a better throw," Weeden said.
The Browns will not install any more plays on offense or defense during next week's mini-camp, but will continue to fine tune what the coaches have given the team so far.
The most impressive thing about watching these last three weeks of practice is the tempo and pace with which the team operates. The players love the up-tempo style and are buying in on the changes on both sides of the football.