Adkins: Training Camp Tidbits

For fans' sake, the Browns have concluded training camp. Thursday was the last day practice was open to fans, but the Browns will continue to work. Still, it seems a good time for Lane Adkins to unleash his latest knowledge on certain position battles and player developments.

- Outside linebacker Marcus Benard simply makes plays. This talented player continues to develop under the close eye of the defensive staff and has worked hard in attempting to be a complete linebacker. Upon landing in Cleveland, Benard was solely a one-dimensional player — he could create pressure on the quarterback. To play a role in the Browns defensive scheme, versatility and ability to not only rush the passer, but to drop in coverage and support the run are essential. Benard may not be quite there, but he is getting it.

- With wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi dealing with a strained hamstring, Josh Cribbs and Chansi Stuckey will gain meaningful reps opposite Brian Robiskie. For Cribbs, the opportunity to gain reps to refine his pass catching ability is a welcomed sight. In Stuckey, he appears poised to be a slot receiver, but has demonstrated, on limited occasions, of being capable flanked wide.

- Rookie wide receiver Carlton Mitchell figures to gain a greater role as the preseason game conditions progress. Mitchell has had the opportunity to work against each of the Browns cornerbacks, which has been a valuable learning experience for the rookie. The Browns love Mitchell's speed and attitude, now to harness this talent into a productive addition to the Browns offense.

- Rookie offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao continues to gain reps with the starting and second team offensive line. Before anointing the rookie a starting role, he is going to have to gain consistency and maintain the point better than the likes of veteran Floyd Womack and others.

- Inside linebacker Chris Gocong has been looking the part. As he gets accumulated to the scheme and a new position, Gocong's physical ability and aggressiveness are evident.

- In his second year the Browns were hopeful to see 2009 second round draft selection, David Veikune begin to display the ability he showed at the collegiate level. Thus far, Veikune has not had a smooth transition to the linebacker position and depth at the position could question his place on the roster.

- Rookie safety T.J. Ward is as aggressive and athletic a safety to land in Cleveland in some time. Though, the slightly undersized Ward is going to have to improve his initial reactionary skills in coverage and rely on his athletic ability to cover wide receivers and tight ends in this league. While his coverage skills are improving, Ward and safety Abe Elam continue to be beaten in practice sessions.

- Rookie cornerback Joe Haden may be a little too aggressive at this early stage of his career. Haden is learning when and how to use his aggressiveness. His aggressiveness has led to being beaten in coverage at times in practice sessions.

- Rookie defensive lineman Swanson Miller has improved significantly in practice sessions over the past week. Heading into camp, Miller was slightly slow getting off and could be maneuvered at the point, but in recent sessions and during the Browns' first preseason game, Miller was much more active and physical.

- Though inexperienced, the Browns coaching staff anticipates the wide receiver position will gain positive results because of the press coverage and physicality the cornerbacks are displaying in practice sessions. Outside of improving their immediate recognition and feel for the game, getting off the line of scrimmage is one facet the wide receivers needed to improve upon prior to the start of the 2010 season.

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