Adkins: On the Offense

Folks have been waiting for Lane's impressions of camp. Is the offense headed for better things? Lane looks at Seneca Wallace's impact, Peyton Hillis' early showing, and much more...

?- QB Jake Delhomme is clearly the starter at this early juncture, but it is interesting how the coaching staff has rotated backup Seneca Wallace into the ongoing offensive scheme. Whether it is first, second or third down it does appear the Browns are serious about getting Wallace on the field.

- Wallace appears to have the liveliest arm of the QBs on the roster. The ball explodes off his hand, but he appears somewhat uncomfortable when not moving around while under center. Also, due to his height, he must depend on passing lanes remaining clear. When on the move, however, Wallace is a potentially explosive player in some situations.

- "Rookie QB Colt McCoy may not have the height and arm strength most crave, but the young man has been uncanny and a breath of fresh air in camp. For the most part, the rookie has been accurate and willing to attack the defense, while not being intimidated."

- RB/FB Peyton Hillis is everything he was advertised to be when arriving in Cleveland as a result of the Brady Quinn trade. Despite missing significant off-season time due to illness, Hillis has been fantastic coming out of the backfield in the passing game, while displaying a quick burst running the ball and has been solid blocking in the backfield.

- RB Jerome Harrison is receiving the first team reps and has picked up where he left off in the 2009 season. There is little doubt Harrison can run the ball, but his blocking remains an issue.

- WR Brian Robiskie has been very good in camp sessions. Robiskie has been running excellent routes, putting separation between himself and defensive backs, but needs to improve against press coverage. In making himself a viable target, Robiskie has made numerous catches in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

- Rookie WR Carlton Mitchell is gaining confidence and running better routes daily. A knock against Mitchell was inconsistency catching the ball, which has not been an issue in camp practice sessions.

- Rookie WR Jonathan Haggerty may be one developmental player the team may not be able to hide. All the rookie has done since arriving in Cleveland has been to improve consistently. Haggerty displays the ability to judge a ball in flight, and has enough speed and quickness to get behind the defense. As with most rookie receivers, Haggerty must do a better job hand fighting to gain position and beat press coverage.

- Rookie offensive lineman Shaun Lauvao has been a busy body early in camp. The rookie has been solid while playing at RG with the first team offense and center with the second team line.

- Veteran Floyd Womack has picked-up where he left off in the 2009 season. Womack has been solid at RG and RT in practice sessions.

- WR Mohamed Massaquoi has struggled early in camp. CB Sheldon Brown has faced off against Massaquoi on numerous occasions and has shut down the promising second-year receiver.

- TE Evan Moore got off to a quick start in camp in beating safeties in coverage regularly. Moore is a pass catching type of tight end, and his blocking skills remain below average.

- Josh Cribbs has lined-up all over the Browns offensive sets, as well as returning kicks. Cribbs remains a factor running the ball and in the return game, but he continues to round off routes in the passing game.

- FB Lawrence Vickers may be the best in the business. Despite losing some weight this off-season, Vickers remains a very good lead blocker, stout picking-up a blitzer, but his ability as a receiver coming out of the backfield is underrated. Vickers has caught a couple passes in team drills, one which was a huge reception down the seam on a Delhomme pass.

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