Cleveland Browns Training Camp – What is Going on
Well, their first few practices did not include the players wearing pads – however that does not mean that a few things did not stand out for the orange and brown. As expected, there were a handful of guys who excelled on the practice field. From what I am reading, the team looks vastly improved (both by the size of the athletes, as well as in their play) from the 2016 crew. Let’s delve further into a few areas of note.
Understandably, this is a time of the year for very positive (fluff) pieces regarding players on a historically struggling franchise. Enter rookie signal caller Deshone Kizer – who has been receiving praise on his work ethic and study habits of the game. He still has a large mountain to climb if he wants to become the Browns starting quarterback, but I like hearing good news about his attitude. Using the past few campaigns as a guide, he will likely see some playing this fall following injuries at the quarterback position.
Offense Making Plays
Another less than shocking statistic is that the Browns’ offense has been moving the football against their defense. It is hard to judge how well players are performing without pads, but I am glad to hear that Kenny Britt is trying to have fans forget about that guy who sold trinkets in college for tattoos (I’m not bitter though). It is expected that veterans are stepping up early, but what about the younger receivers? Going forward, I hope to read about the strides that Ricaro Louis and Rashard Higgins are making in Berea.
Rookies Making Mistakes
This refers to David Njoku succumbing to a pair of strips by defenders, causing the ball to come loose during practice. The tight end later went on the Jugs machine and was scolded by Hue Jackson after practice was completed. I am not surprised to hear about this sort of news – but I would prefer to read about Njoku learning from this and eliminating this from his game. What kind of mistakes will Myles Garrett, Kizer, and Jabril Peppers make – and just as importantly, will they occur in camp or in the fourth quarter of game in December?
Conclusion: It is extremely early in the 2017 NFL season, but I am hearing positive stories about the Cleveland Browns. Obviously, the regular (and possibly post) season will not alway go smoothly – but getting out of the gates will be vital for this franchise. That comes down to great preparation and practice in July and August. How will putting on the pads change the team as a whole? We will find out over the next few days.