About the injuries...
— The organization is frustrated with the injuries the team has suffered in the opening days of training camp. Although the only serious injury was to punter Reggie Hodges (torn Achilles tendon), strains to the likes of Josh Cribbs, Carlton Mitchell and Mohamed Massaquoi has slowed the offensive installs.
About the quarterbacks...
— Those injuries at the wide receiver position has created opportunity for some, while leading to some miscommunication between the quarterbacks and receivers.
Colt McCoy has looked brilliant at times, while other times looking like a young player in a new system, which he is. Though receivers have been out of position or have run incorrect routes at times, McCoy hasn't been exceptionally sharp, but this is expected to improve as the quarterback and receivers work together.
Seneca Wallace is the backup and Jarrett Brown is the third quarterback in camp, as each possess very strong and surprisingly accurate arms. Brown has the strongest arm and could realistically push to make this team. Overall, each has fared as well as McCoy in reps with the various personnel packages.
About the wide receivers...
— With three wide receivers from a season ago on the sideline because of injury and another (Chansi Stuckey) a free agent, the Browns coaching staff has thrust second-year receiver Jonathan Haggerty and rookie Greg Little into a prominent role in practice sessions. As expected with young receivers learning a new offense, there has been some correctable communication issues, but the upside is watching the youth on the practice fields.
Little, while physical, has very good speed and quickness. An area in his game which is believed to be an issue is his hands. In this camp, Little has caught the ball well and displays explosive qualities.
While Little will be in the spotlight, the contributions of two other receivers could play a huge role into the Browns equation, offensively and especially at the wide receiver position.
Haggerty was having a very good camp a year ago until a foot injury derailed his opportunity late in the preseason. Haggerty worked hard and has again been a focal point for an offense seeking playmakers. As Haggerty gains notoriety in Browns camp, he still needs to improve his upper-body strength and hand-fighting skills to get clean off the line of scrimmage.
— Again finding his way to training camp is the somewhat undersized, but game Jordan Norwood. Two years ago I wrote that this young man has the skills to be an effective slot-type receiver. Coming to camp with a new staff and offensive philosphy, Norwood has his greatest opportunity to compete and contribute and has not failed in his early camp opportunities.
About surprising cornerback Buster Skrine...
— Poor execution cannot be blamed for the inspiring play of rookie cornerback Buster Skrine. Skrine has been garnering reps with the first-team defense and has performed very well, especially for a rookie at the position. Skrine has caught the eye of the coaching staff.
The scouts believed Skrine could come in and provide depth at the position immediately and develop into a solid, contributing type corner. Taking in every word of advise from defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson and veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown, Skrine is gaining the experience to match-up with his tremendous speed and quickess.
About the offensive line...
— Heading into camp, the organization has been hopeful that the right-side of the offensive line would play itself out. Right tackle Tony Pashos is coming back from injury, Shaun Lauvao missed most of his rookie season with an ankle issue, while the organization resigned Billy Yates and drafted Jason Pinkston.
While Pashos has been steady early in camp, it's Lauvao that may be the most surprising. Lauvao, strictly thought of as a right guard a season ago has garnered opportunities at RT and has performed well. Coming into his second training camp, Lauvao has displayed surprising athleticism, with his footwork on the edge being much better than anticipated. It hasn't hurt that Lauvao has come to camp in tremendous shape.
— A change of philosophy is occurring along the offensive line in Browns camp. Over the past two seasons, the Browns were molded to be more physical, making the overall scope of the line less athletic. Under new head coach Pat Shurmur, who sits in on nearly every offensive line meeting, the linemen are asked to be increasingly athletic and utilize this skill consistently, while maintaining the ability to create push in the running game.
The molding and competition along the offensive line will be elevated later in the week as trade acquisition John Greco (guard) is cleared to practice with the team. Greco, primarily a right guard will compete with Lauvao and Yates, while Pinkston gains reps with the second and third teams, respectfully, at tackle and at times guard.
Heading into the second week of camp, the only line positions etched in stone are Joe Thomas at left tackle and Alex Mack at center.