Hard Knocks returned Tuesday night, which means the start of football is nearly upon us. To celebrate the return of America’s favorite sports (sorry, baseball) we’ll be recapping each and every episode. This season features the Cleveland Browns. What did we learn about the team in the second episode?
1. So here’s why Corey Coleman got traded.
The episode opens with Corey Coleman showing off his impressive shoe collection – 1,000 pairs of sneakers. He offers a heartwarming sentiment about giving back to the community and donating them and we all feel good and wonder how someone acquires so many shoes for a moment.
But quickly we learn that his shoe collection is not helping him on the field. The episode quickly transitions into his trouble at camp. After a rough day on the field, he’s in Hue Jackson’s office asking why he’s second string. By the next scene? He’s on his way to Buffalo. “Adios Cleveland,” he says, becoming the first memorable exit of the season.
2. Baker Mayfield has learned to wake up earlier.
After a talk from Hue Jackson about getting to practice before everyone else in the first episode, Mayfield confirmed in the second episode that he has indeed started waking up earlier, which makes Jackson happy and causes him to say something about “learning the process.”
3. Antonio Callaway’s legal troubles earned him a very stern lecture from John Dorsey and Hue Jackson. And more playing time.
Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license – and didn’t tell the team. Of course, they found out and he had to have a chat with Jackson and John Dorsey where they lightly scolded him for his judgment.
“We’re dealing with something. All of this can be prevented. You check your car, you know your history … if shit comes up you have my number, you have John’s number you call us ASAP,” Jackson tells him.
Dorsey curses when talking about this situation, which surprised everyone.
Later, Jackson calls Callaway up in front of the team and says that everyone gets one mulligan.
“I want you all to know I support this man,” Jackson says. “Based on the conversation we had, I support him.”
Callaway apologizes to the team and says it won’t happen again. Then, comes the classic advice that every coach, parent or person over 30 has uttered to someone at one point in their lives:
“Nothing good happens when you’re out late, or early in the morning,” Jackson said.
Callaway’s then left in the first preseason game as punishment.
4. Carl Nassid is getting stupider, he says. He mentions he has to “read stuff” now. And Todd Haley can’t believe his name is Carl, stealing the scene.
5. David Njoku thinks this is purple. None of his teammates agree.
6. Gregg Williams did get those lozenges, thanks.
After he was seen losing his voice in episode one and giving one of his players a snarky answer when they asked if he need a throat lozenge, a nice company saw an opportunity for product placement. He mentions it in a team meeting:
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