The Fast Lane

The WR spots for the Browns are wide-open and veteran Miles Austin could play a big part in solidifying the position.

- The battle at the QB position is likely to be an interesting competition throughout the first half of camp. Brian Hoyer had his ups and downs on the first day of camp -- his timing appeared to be a tick off.

Johnny Manziel had a better day, displayed quickness afoot and zip on his passes -- and he made a few nice throws down-field.

- WR Josh Gordon spent time with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd team as the Browns want to look at the number of young receivers on the roster. Gordon let one catchable ball slip through his fingers from Hoyer.

- WR Miles Austin looked like the Austin of his healthy Dallas days. Austin displayed speed/quickness with the ability to seperate. Austin made numerous catches on the day.

- Along with Austin, Andrew Hawkins and Anthony Armstrong spent time on the field together as the first team offense. Hawkins is unbelievably quick and Armstrong contoinued to display long speed.

- Rookie OL Joel Btionio was solid in manning the starting LG spot on day-one of camp.

- OL Garrett Gilkey was with the first team offense at RG and performed without incident.

- Simply, TE Jordan Cameron is going to have a huge season if he doesn't suffer an injury. This Browns offensive scheme will target Cameron often, as day-one of camp suggested.

- As we have been telling you, rookie RB Terrance West is a beast and he was very good on Saturday. West is a tough runner and he displayed this attribute in drills and was exceptional as a receiver coming out of the backfield.

- Bark Mingo, Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger shared reps with the first team defense. Mingo was active and explosive in grabbing an INT and would have collected a QB sack. Sheard was strong at the point and would have also collected a QB sack.

- Rookie LB Chris Kirksey had a solid day and continues to appear on the verge of unseating Craig Robertson at ILB next to veteran Karlos Dansby.

- DE Billy Winn pulled a hamstring and will miss an unknown amount of time.

- RB Isaiah Crowell flashed a bit in drills with the 2nd and 3rd units.

Quotes following the first practice session of training camp -

"This was only day-one of what we expect to be a hotly contested QB competition. The majority in here believe Hoyer will be the starter, but Manziel certainly has a thing about him and he finds ways to make plays."

"T-West is an animal."

"It's only one-day, but Austin looked like he did back in Dallas when he was tremendous."

"(Joel) Bitonio was solid, he meshes well between Joe (Thomas) and (Alex) Mack.

"(John) Greco is going to have his hands full with (Garrett) Gilkey at RG. The young dude is motivated."

"You have to like the way Coach Shanahan pounds execution to the offense. Running the ball is a mentality and we have a couple guys inside (Bitonio and Gilkey) that have a lot to learn, but can be nasty."

"We have a lot to work on. Defensively we missed far too many assignments, but liked the aggressiveness and quickness, while the offense showed some flashes and should improve very soon."


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