"What We've Been Told"

More speed, improved quickness while getting personnel into a position to help the Cleveland Browns has been the immediate message given to this football team.

To be read as a guy just sitting around talking football.


It's Spring, the OTA's have started, the rookies are in camp.

Under the tutelage of new head coach Rob Chudzinski, the Browns are taking on a new look.

Chudzinski's practice sessions are conducted at a quick pace. The number of players being evaluated at more than one position has been enlightening.

These early days of the Chudzinski regime doesn't have the feel of days gone by.

Fielding a significant look of youth, athleticism and relative inexperience, Chudzinski and his experienced coaching staff have been vocal and teachers.

Led by veteran coordinators Norv Turner (OC) and Ray Horton (DC), implementing the schematics of the new Cleveland Browns has been a fast paced process which the organization feels will be beneficial early for this young team.

More speed, improved quickness and getting personnel in the best position possible has been part of the early on-field evaluatioin process.

Thus far, players like the system, appreciate the candor and have respectful for the opportunity to learn and compete, rather than short-sighted handing from a previous regime.

It's early, but promising in Cleveland……………..

With that, this is also "What We've Been Told."

- In early OTA sessions, Weeden has been much more receptive to rifling the ball down-field, with pretty good results

Campbell has been slightly more consistent, but has not been as ‘big-play' productive.

- WR's Josh Gordon and Davone Bess could be huge for this Browns team in the 2013 season. Gordon's development is extraordinary, with an off-season of commitment to his body and mental aspects of the game..

Bess, playing inside Gordon in practice situations has been everything the Browns anticipated upon trading for the WR during the draft.

In OTA sessions, Bess has caught everything thrown his way, but his ability to sell routes may take pressure off WR's such as Gordon, Greg Little and Travis Benjamin.

- WR/PR Travis Benjamin has looked outstanding in early OTA sessions.

In this vastly different offense, a vertical attacking passing game fits into his physical qualities – speed and quickness.

With a season under his belt, Benjamin appears more fluid and instinctive in his routes and is holding onto the ball.

- TE Jordan Cameron is being exposed to an entire new world with the addition of an ex-TE, head coach Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner as the offensive coordinator.

Rather than running out pattern after out pattern, the new OC has Cameron utilizing his athleticism and quickness down-field. The third-year TE is developing and is gaining the look of a legitimate pass catcher.

- Rookie offensive line Garrett Gilkey just may be quite a bit more than most outside the game expects. This big boy is physical and displays athleticism – could be an interesting find for the Browns.

- OG John Greco will finally have the opportunity from day-one to become a starter with the Browns. Greco, a strong run-blocker is a solid fit in the Browns planned physical running scheme.

How serious are the Browns on Greco? The coaching staff believes he is adequate as a pass blocker, but wants more – as does the veteran lineman.

Greco has spent a significant amount of time this off-season working on his technique and body. His move to the strong-side (RG) is one to best utilize his skill-set as a run-blocker and improving pass blocker.

- OLB Kendrick Adams has displayed excellent quickness and explosiveness in OTA sessions.

- CB Buster Skrine can be talked up by the staff publicly, but the third-year defensive back hasn't mastered the fundamentals to be a second CB at this time.

- Rookie CB Leon McFadden has looked fluid and shows natural, instinctive skills, which will likely put him squarely in competition for the second CB spot, opposite Joe Haden.

- DC Ray Horton loves the tandem of Phil Taylor on the nose and Desmond Bryant at DE.

Both players have displayed explosiveness and a relentless quality attacking the point of attack. This relentlessness, quickness and athleticism look great attacking the line, my concern comes in maintaining gap integrity and minimize the run.

- ILB's, Craig Robertson continues to gain reps with the starting unit, with promising progress.

Due to his speed and quickness, Robertson's status continues to grow, as he is easily the quickest ILB within the roster.

- Rookie OLB Barkevious Mingo has fared pretty well. Lining-up with the second unit, Mingo has displayed the speed and quickness which helped land him in Cleveland

In early OTA sessions, the staff is working on Mingo's drops, for which he has shown very good athleticism and understanding.

- Competition at FS may be one of the more interesting battles heading into training camp. Tashuan Gipson and Johnson Bademosi have caught the eye of the Browns staff due to their athleticism. Each has fared reasonably well in sessions.

Unless the Browns ink a free agent, which the organization hasn't been open to as of yet, the second-year defensive backs could battle it out for the starting nod opposite SS T.J. Ward.

- Rookie S Jamoris Slaughter remains on schedule to be ready for training camp come late July, but isn't likely to figure significantly in the starting role race coming off Achilles tendon surgery.

Slaughter has been active in exercise, weight-training and film study, but is not medically cleared to participate in activities.


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