What is Going on in Browns’ Town
In the week in between the rookie minicamp practices and the veteran group practices, there were some noteworthy events that occurred for the Cleveland Browns. The first was an unfortunate injury that happened to a recently signed draft selection, followed by a veteran signing shortly thereafter. After that was a needed break by the franchise that has not been common for this franchise.
Howard Wilson Injury
It was difficult and unfortunate to see rookie Howard Wilson suffer an injury (especially a non-contact one) so early in the campaign. Similarly to what happened to Kyrie Irving two seasons ago, Wilson fractured his knee cap – this occurred during the rookie minicamp practices. The NBA star was out several months following his surgery (in 2015). It is still not set in stone as to
how he will rehab this injury, though. Personally, provided Wilson is healthy, I would like to see him participate and gain valuable
experience in 2017. With the recent news that he will not necessarily need surgery, he could still see a fair amount of action on the Browns’ roster this campaign. .
Jason McCourty Signing
Did the re-signing of Jamie Collins open the floodgates for future veterans to latch on to the Cleveland Browns? I would not got that far just yet (however some in the media are already declaring this), but acquiring a solid veteran in Jason McCourty was a wise move by Sashi Brown and company. McCourty will provide another veteran for a thin (in terms of experience) position group – especially following the injury to Howard Wilson. I do not anticipate the former Tennessee Titan to light the league on fire during his time with the Browns; but he should be competent enough to eliminate the possibility that teams can play catch up-and-down the field against the secondary of the orange and brown.
Update on Caleb Brantley
Caleb Brantley was back in the news earlier this week – it was not negative this time around. The rookie sixth-round selection entered the draft with battery charges towards a woman during an altercation in a bar. Those charges were recently dropped, allowing the rookie to perform on the field without the dark cloud hanging over his head. Assuming he can outperform his lowered expectations (as he fell mightily in the draft) – the Browns will have gotten tremendous value from the former Florida Gator. I hoping that he is truly 100% innocent and did not escape his charge due to technicality, but there is a great chance that I and many others will never know.
Conclusion: Following the unlucky injury news, the Browns received a pair of two positive stories regarding their roster. My optimism in the 2017 season is slowly rising, but there is a long time between now and week one of the regular season. I am particularly intrigued to see how different training camp is from 2016 one – as result from the infusion of talent.