Today's newswire was probably one of the most pleasant reading experiences that a fan of professional football could possibly enjoy. Not only was there the possibly great news that Lee Suggs has only a partial tear of his rotator cuff, meaning that he might return as soon as pre-season, but there was the distinct sense of hope in the air.
During rookie mini-camp, we're not yet forced to read about contract holdouts, players getting tossed onto the NFL scrap heap, or quarterback controversies. Those things will come, of course, in spades over the course of the summer as they always do. Today, though, we can read about players who want to get out onto the field so badly that they are willing to play for minimum wage (Chaun Thompson, alarming his agent), and players like Dave Petruziello and Ryan Myers who are excited about the very notion of wearing a Browns helmet.
For a day, perhaps, we can forget about the negative side of the sport and revel in the possibilities of young men who long for the chance to play the game.
Suggs good medical prognosis dominates the newswire today, with Dr. John Bergfeld reporting that Suggs' injury is just a partial tear in his rotator cuff. The spin from that is that Suggs could be back as early as the pre-season, but Davis is having none of it. He continues to urge caution and manage expectations about Suggs ability to play. Davis will have some challenging decisions to make if Suggs is ready to go at the end of training camp. The problem will be of the type that most coaches like to have: too many capable running backs.
Also prominent in the news are local talents, mentioned above, who are attempting to get onto the Browns roster.
We've completed our first wave of player profiles for the Browns new undrafted free agents, which you can find on the roster page and on the right side of the home page. We will also be publishing Tony Pauline's scouting reports for a number of these players in the coming days.
Based on feedback from our folks at mini-camp, we will do some profiles for players attending rookie camp without a contract as well. If you've been on this site for a while, then you will know that we had run feature stories on Corey Parlet and Ryan Myers from before the draft. Those are well worth looking at if you want to get a better sense of the players walking onto the Berea campus with hopes, but without a contract.
Here is a list of the tryout players.
|16||Heard, Rother||WR||6-0||180||Morris Brown|
|18||Lerner, Jeff||WR||6-0||190||John Carroll|
|36b||Ordway, Jonathan||DB||5-10||185||Boston College|