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What We've Been Told

The Browns have been reserved in discussing specific players or roles, the offensive staff is intrigued with the potential of Terrelle Pryor and others within the scheme.

— Despite questions regarding QB Josh McCown being viewed as a journeyman-type placeholder under center, heading into training camp, the Browns are not going to promote practice sessions as a competition at the position. McCown is the starter, Johnny Manziel heading into camp is the backup — as the Browns are only concerned with productivity and efficiency within the new offense, and minimizing focus on the second-year QB as he overcomes a miserable 2014 season, on and off the field.

The going forward approach with Manziel is if/when he is ready, they will cross that bridge when it comes.

— The Browns are anxious to see the offense develop against what the organization believes is a much improved defense. There is a sense within the organization that improved talent under center, at wide receiver and within the coaching ranks on the offensive side of the ball will lead to improved execution and efficiency. 

— Throughout the OTAs, the Browns were quite impressed with the activity and demeanor of WR Dwayne Bowe, a free agent acquisition of the team. Bowe, healthy and excited to become a down-field, focal target in the Cleveland offense has shown no ill-effects from a hand/thumb injury from a season ago. In OTA sessions, Bowe quickly displayed his ability to get down-field, utilizing his size to make plays. 

— Heading into training camp, Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell are considered on a level playing field in the battle for the starting RB position. The Browns have been vocal in wanting West to plant a foot and hit the hole, which was an issue for the RB a season ago. With Crowell, the Browns have preached ball security, improved base conditioning to enable yards after contact opportunities.

— Rookie Duke Johnson could become an impact player for the Browns immediately. The explosive RB will gain significant reps toting the ball and in the receiving game in camp, if he displays the ability to execute the assignments. There is genuine excitement within the organization regarding the explosive qualities of the third-round draft selection.

— The Browns signing of QB-turned-WR Terrelle Pryor is an example of the thinking-outside-the-box philosophy the organization seeks. The Browns love Pryor’s undeniable athleticism and upbeat personality. The organization is extremely pleased to see/hear of Pryor’s commitment since the OTA sessions commenced in June.

Heading into training camp, the Browns have no preconceived notions about Pryor. The playbook has been thrown at him, he has had contact with the staff and players throughout the summer, with the Browns intrigued of the possibilities with Pryor — if he proves to be a viable, developmental option.

While the Browns have been reserved in discussing specific players or roles, the offensive staff is intrigued with the potential mismatch opportunities Pryor could eventually create for the offense — and not only as a WR, but out of the backfield, red-zone and as a receiving-type TE.


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