The Fast Lane

Lane Adkins drops some quick notes in his latest The Fast Lane.

These are notes following a couple discussions with the guys that coach and evaluate the Cleveland Browns. This is not anything like the media experts that fill your Twitter feed and fish-wrap with half-truths based on misinformation, bias and ignorance to the reality of the game.

These notes will not be in-depth, but rather quick informational tidbits for those jonesing for a Browns fix. We'll get into the details of the why's and what's a bit later in our analysis.

- Quarterback Brian Hoyer is easily the best quarterback in camp. Hoyer reads, recognizes and gets the ball out much quicker than any other quarterback in a Browns uniform. When it comes to head-to-head reps, Hoyer has been throwing a better ball, with better ball placement and timing than the other signal callers in camp.

- Quarterback Johnny Manziel has grown since arriving in Cleveland. Manziel is reading and recognizing coverage better, but still shows the tendency to force the matter and has to gain knowledge and comfort in the offensive scheme. The media often sensationalizes everything Johnny, rather than what the reality on the field shows. He's coming, but has plenty of work to do to be on the same plane as Hoyer.

- Running back Terrance West is a quick study, physical and has the ability to make defenders miss, as well as the ability to run through them. As reported by The Fast Lane during the draft, the Browns knew the Ravens wanted West and had to jump ahead of them in the draft to secure his services. There has been plenty of media speculation that West is already pressing penciled-in starter Ben Tate for the starting role -- at this time Tate is the starter and West is definitely in the plan to get serious opportunities.

- Tate has been what the Browns expected when inking him as a free agent. Much has been made of West getting reps with the first team in OTA's -- and the Browns want in inject West into the scheme as much as possible, as well as ensuring Tate is 100 percent when camp starts in late July. West's ability will make the running back spot one to watch with great interest in camp.

- Due to West's strong showings, Isa Crowell hasn't received much notoriety -- but the Browns staff has surely noticed him. Crowell is explosive, a downhill runner with the ability to make a defender miss. Crowell's vision appears very good and he is running with good pad leverage. If Crowell keeps showing, the Browns will be hard-pressed not to keep two rookies on the roster at RB.

Quick Thoughts on Specific Players

- WR Anthony Armstrong: There is a reason why he hasn't been playing on Sunday. Yes, he has speed and quickness, but he is pretty straight-line and route-running is an issue.

- WR Willie Snead: Like Armstrong, Snead gets accolades for some camp impressions, but has been injured and has not been on the field to show whether he belongs or can be counted on.

- WR Chandler Jones: Of all the WR's not named Hawkins and Gordon, Chandler Jones has been exceptional. Jones is quick, catches the ball with ease, changes direction with losing speed......thus far, Jones will be hard to keep off this team.

- RT Mitchell Schwartz: Change in scheme and staff may be the best thing to happen for Schwartz. He has been solid in the camp setting, now to see when the pads go on and you line-up.

- LG Joel Bitinio: Quality lineman. Ankle sprain derailed early work, but displayed serious quality in every facet in rookie, mini-camp and OTA drills - if healthy Bitinio could be the starting LG.

- RG: Garrett Gilkey has come on strong and appears to be a slight bit ahead of Greco -- and again, let's wait until the pads to go on, this will be a strong competition throughout the summer. In any regard, the Browns LG and RG spots will be an upgrade over 2013 due to talent and scheme.

More quick notes to come. Stay tuned…


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