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August 12, 2010 - Mike McLain
One of the players' least-favorite things about training camp is running a lap after making a mistake.
Early in camp it seemed like there were a lot fewer laps being run in comparison to last year, when it looked lik a cross country meet. Lately the number of laps has increased, which could be an indication that the players are getting tired of the mundane practices.
Mangini's thinking obviously paid off last season. The Browns were called for just two offside penalties.
Mangini said the number of mistakes are down from last year.
"We have pretty high expectations in that area because it's all completely under our control," he said. "We had very few substitution errors last year and that's the way it should be, but I expect it to get better this year."
Center Alex Mack alone has been the reason for a reduction in laps. Mack struggled early in camp in his rookie season of 2009. A practice didn't go by without Mack running a couple of laps. He cut down on mistakes once the season started and became a solid starter.
The only lap Mack has run this year came when he forgot the snap count. While he kept his hand on the ball, the rest of the offense began running the play.
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