On Tuesday, Cleveland defensive coordinator Ray Horton called Jabaal Sheard “one of the surprises of OTAs and mini-camp”.
“Fantastic.” said Horton of Sheard’s move to OLB from DE. “He was one of the surprises of OTAs and mini-camp for me. He transitioned from left to right, and now we’re playing him on both sides and everybody’s worried about well, can he stand up, can he do this and do that. I think when you have good athletes they can do a lot and they just say coach use me, put me where you want to and he has really done a good job of absorbing the defense playing both sides and he’s going to be a versatile player where I can use him and move him around, and use his skill to the best of his ability.”
Horton also said he was pleasantly surprised with ILB Craig Robertson. Horton hadn’t seen or heard much about Robertson before coming to Cleveland. He knows about him now. “He was what I envisioned, what I hoped he would be. He’s a young athletic backer that is savvy. When I came in I wasn’t sure what his instincts were as far as picking up a new defense. He’s been everything I want. That’s my little ace in the hole I hope.”
The new Browns defensive coach also addressed questions about rookie Barkevious Mingo’s weight and transition. He confirmed what Mingo said yesterday that the staff is fine with where Mingo is weight wise, and that the sixth overall pick in the draft is mentally right where he should be as a rookie heading into camp.
Cleveland opens training camp on Thursday with practice open to the public from 4:00 to 6:30.