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2 Veterans, Rookie Stand Out at Browns Mini-Camp

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BEREA, Ohio — Two veterans and a rookie stole the headlines at Cleveland Browns mini-camp which began on Tuesday in Berea.

Mini-camps are mandatory and everybody showed up including Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, who is still working to clear his name from Bounty-gate, a scandal in which NFL players allegedly contributed money to injure or harm opponents.

Fujita’s appeal to overturn a three-game suspension for his alleged role in bounty-gate took a big blow on Monday when an arbitrator ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did have the authority to rule on the suspensions. 

The Browns linebacker said he is not letting any of the off-field matters become a distraction to him or his teammates.

“I would like to keep this about football as much as possible and eliminate those distractions, because if you let all that come in and take away from your focus then you lose perspectives,” said Fujita.

Another Browns veteran making headlines is kicker Phil Dawson who was franchised by the Browns this past season.  Dawson said he would like to finish his career in Cleveland.

“I’m not thinking about my career being over at this point but it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to go play somewhere else,” Dawson said.

Quarterback Brandon Weeden really likes to air it out and is starting to feel comfortable under center.  He says he knows about 80% of the playbook and loves 99.8% of it.

“There are a couple of plays in the red zone that I told coach (Mark) Whipple that I am not a big fan of and if I don’t like them I’m going to continue to tell him because if you’re not comfortable as a quarterback throwing it, most coaches will tell you they won’t call it,” Weeden said.

The Browns mini-camp continues all week.  The Browns will have one more Organized Team Activity before training camp begins in July.