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NFL Cougs: Xavier Cooper aims to harness aggression in Browns' camp

OLD COUGAR Xavier Cooper, entering his second season with the Cleveland Browns, is looking to refine his technique this training camp in order to cut down on the one thing that stood in the way last season of his lightning-quick first step: a propensity to jump into the neutral zone before the snap.

"We have a short window of time before the season starts. I’m just trying to fine-tune my technique and get better so when Sundays come, I’m trusted by the coaches to go out there and that they’re going to put me out there to do what I do," Brown told WKYC-TV in Cleveland the other day in this story.

Says first-year Browns assistant coach Robert Nunn, "He’s got some explosiveness, very good takeoff, very good get-off, an aggressive player that’s really trying to buy in and work on what we’re asking him to work on ... He sometimes shoots first, aims second. We have to get him a little more dialed in, but the guy’s got some ability and has some talent and we’re pretty excited about it. I’ve got what I feel is a pretty healthy situation with a young group of players.”

MEANWHILE, IN PHILADELPHIA, another old Cougar defensive lineman -- undrafted free agent rookie Destiny Vaeao -- continues to impress.  The Philadelphia Inquirer did a nice feature piece on the Pago Pago product this week. In the story, Vaeao talks about his first trip outside American Samoa and how the family feel of Pullman made the transition to the mainland easier.

He's been running with the Eagles' second-team defense in recent days "and his push for a roster spot may depend on the upcoming preseason games. The first is Thursday with a home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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