Training camp is just around the corner and there is plenty of speculation surrounding the Cleveland Browns. Whether it's scoop, thoughts we hear coming out the organization or what we gather from various sources………….
This is "What We've Been Told".
• It would be a striking surprise if rookie QB Brandon Weeden isn't the starting QB at some point during the pre-season. The organization isn't concerned whether Weeden is starting under center for the pre-season opener, but would be somewhat disappointed if he does not excel and grasp the starting role.
• With the weight loss WR Greg Little achieved (17 lbs) this past off-season, the Browns believe Little will be a much more explosive player in his second season. Despite losing the weight, Little has grown stronger with a full off-season in the team's strength and conditioning program.
• The Browns did not select WR Josh Gordon in the second round of the Supplemental Draft to sit back and be a spectator throughout the 2012 season. The Browns believe Gordon will come in and be a productive player early in the season. The basis behind the Browns thought process is that Gordon is a great athlete and isn't as raw as most media portrait him to be. The past year working with the Utah college football team exposed Gordon to a much more NFL oriented scheme, which Gordon reportedly excelled at.
• RB Trent Richardson endeared himself to the organization from the onset. Richardson is extremely personable, willing to work and committed to the team and city. His youth football camp recently was a rousing success due to his demeanor. The general impression of Richardson through the camp settings thus far is, he appears quicker on the field than on film, while is speed and pass receiving skills are top-quality.
• Speaking of Weeden and Richardson, their contract statuses remain on hold, but the Browns expected both players to be in camp no later than July 28th.
• While on the subject of rookies, the Browns believe LB's James-Michael Johnson and Emmanuel Acho could become much more than the typical 4th and 6th round draft selections. The organization is excited after having both young athletes in camp sessions, much more so than during the draft when the Browns were surprised to be in position to select them. Johnson has lined-up inside and outside in camp settings, while Acho has been outside.
• Rookie DT John Hughes, a third round selection of the Browns is expected to come in and contribute immediately, especially with starting DT Phil Taylor on the shelf for 10 weeks or more following pectoral surgery. The Browns like his wide base and ability to maintain the point while at the University of Cincinnati.
• Rookie DT Billy Winn, a sixth round selection of the Browns had the reputation of having a suspect work ethic. Since arriving in Cleveland, Winn has not displayed the traits of his reputation and has displayed some serious athletic qualities.
• Once again in the off-season, it was speculated that CB Sheldon Brown could be moved to safety. General manager Tom Heckert stated that was not going to occur, and theOBR has learned the Browns believe Brown has at least one or two good season ahead of him at CB.
• In what could be one of the better training camp battles this summer, second year safety Eric Hagg and veteran Usama Young. The Browns coaching staff liked how well Hagg played late in the season and believe he has the skill-set and intelligence to be a solid safety. The coaching staff is of the belief Hagg improved with each passing week, gaining anticipation skills and becoming increasingly physical with opposing receivers.