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Mangini Cancels Final Minicamp Practice

On Friday, after news surfaced that Pats coach Bill Belichick had canceled the final practice of a three-day minicamp, a commenter said that former Belichick lieutenant Eric Mangini would one-up his old boss by canceling the entire season. Though Mangini hasn’t gone that far (yet), he took a page from the Belichick playbook, scuttling the final practice of the Browns’ mandatory minicamp. But there was a catch. “We had another segment planned for this evening, but the deal with that was, if we went out and had an excellent practice, they’d get three chances to get the next practice removed,” Mangini said. He explained that the first opportunity -- an offensive lineman successfully catching a punt -- was satisfied by Rex Hadnot, and so the plug was pulled on the practice. If Hadnot had failed, the next test would have been a defensive lineman trying to catch a kickoff. (If Shaun Smith had gotten the nod, his best bet might have been to use his mouth.) “That’s really how it is always going to be, you have to create opportunities for yourself to be successful,” Mangini said regarding the unusual exercise that allowed the team to avoid a practice. “When those opportunities come up, you have to be able execute on the opportunity. They are not always going to show up in a conventional fashion, just like it wasn’t this morning.”