More rookie tidbits that have crossed my desk...
- S Chris Chancellor is a defensive back many teams liked, and he hoped to sign to a undrafted rookie contract in the hours following the draft. Chancellor chose to ink a deal with the Browns and has performed well enough to land an invite to training camp. Somewhat small in stature (5'9") and lacking top-end speed, Chancellor is nonetheless a very well-coached product out of Virginia Tech. In what has quickly become a crowded Browns defensive backfield, Chancellor has an opportunity to stick as a special teams contributor, and has to improve his reaction and recognition skills.
- DE Clifton Geathers could prove to be a wise sixth-round draft selection, or just another late round selection who winds up being simply not good enough to play at this level. Throughout the OTA sessions, Geathers continues to show that he will be a project due to his limited exposure and lack of experience. What Geathers does possess is great size (6'9") along with an enormous wing-span. At times, Geathers has created pressure and havoc.... while at other times the rookie DE has been overwhelmed.
- Arriving in Cleveland via the CFL, offensive lineman Joel Reinders has quickly established himself as a player willing to earn his place. Upon joining the Browns, Reinders appeared to be somewhat tentative, which caused the lineman to be late in positioning. As he settled in, Reinders began displaying that he has adequate skill, but that he also has a tendency to lunge at the point of attack, leading to some balance and positioning issues. The true test will come in training camp when hitting commences and players are practicing at full speed.
- 28-year-old defensive lineman Kwaku Danso has not been an embarrassment on the field. Danso is a large man at 6'5" and 336-lbs, and somewhat nimble afoot. His relative inexperience against top-level competition has hampered his development and at this point he's clearly a project player. With the talent on the player roster, Danso is a long-shot to make the team come early September, though the coaching staff likes his attitude and work ethic. Mangini-coached teams in the past have a surprise player or two making the team.
- The transformation from a DE in college to LB at the professional level has been a challenge for rookie Auston English. English sports average quickness and an aggressive mentality on the practice field, but due to the infusion of talent at the LB position this off-season in Cleveland, English is a long-shot.