BEREA, Ohio – Browns cornerback Terrance Mitchell worked with the first team at the beginning of training camp, but recently he’s been with the second team in part because of rookie Greedy Williams’ ascent.
On Day 10 of Browns camp Monday, though, Mitchell made some plays to show why he’s still in the mix to start Week 1.
Here are some moments evaluating how Mitchell looked Monday.
1. Defending Antonio Callaway in one-on-ones
The wide receivers and defensive backs did one-on-one drills in the first half of practice. With this drill, receivers can work and creating separation, and defensive backs can focus on covering them.
Mitchell was matched up against Antonio Callaway during one rep. As Callaway came out of his stance, Mitchell gave him the outside, resulting in an easy grab for Callaway.
2. Pass breakup in red-zone drill
Mitchell worked with the first and second team, and during the first red-zone session he got in work with the first team. It was during this drill where Mitchell showcased his talent.
On one play, Mitchell came up to break up a potential catch against wide receiver Derrick Willies. Mitchell did a good job of making contact with Willies to prevent the catch.
3. Near interception in red-zone drill
Mitchell continued his solid play in the same red-zone drill, as he broke up another pass and nearly got an interception.
As the ball came toward wide receiver Jaelen Strong, Mitchell came up the field quickly to try and snag it. He didn’t grab it, but this was one of Mitchell’s best plays.
4. Another matchup against Derrick Willies
Though Mitchell broke up a pass against Willies earlier in practice, he didn’t do the same on another play.
In the second half of practice, Willies put his hands high and made a catch against Mitchell. This completion happened on the far side of the field.
5. Good coverage against Strong
On one play near the end of practice, the defense had good coverage in the red zone.
Mitchell, on the near side of the field, played his assignment well, sticking with Strong as the rest of the defense had good coverage.
What We Learned
Mitchell is still competing to start, and what’s clear is that he is among the Browns’ top players at the position.
Cornerback has some of the best depth on the team, with Mitchell, Williams, Denzel Ward and T.J. Carrie. Ward is the only cornerback who has a starting job basically locked, but the other three will be fighting for snaps when the defense is in a base 4-3 package.
Mitchell sometimes got first-team reps, but Williams got his chunk of them as well Monday, along with Carrie and Ward.
With the Browns’ first preseason game Thursday, it will be interesting to see who plays with which unit and how much against the Washington Redskins.
– This post has been updated to reflect that this was Day 10 of training camp, since the Browns counted their Orange and Brown Scrimmage on Aug. 3 as Day 9.