CBS Sports’ Pat Kirwan recently paid a visit to Berea to take in a Cleveland Browns practice and filed some rather solid thoughts on the progress and question marks that has been the team’s Training Camp.
Of the notes worth sharing…
- Barkevious Mingo “regularly beat the offensive tackles” in the one-on-one pass rush drills and possesses “multiple moves.”
- Brandon Weeden looks “great: in the shotgun formation and was impressive distributing the ball to all the receivers.
- Joe Thomas has had trouble keeping up with converted linebacker Jabaal Sheard.
- The Browns “hit a home run” with two of their veteran personnel moves, lineman Desmond Bryant and wide receiver Davone Bess. Surprisingly absent was a mention of Paul Kruger.
- Potentially the most polarizing of statements: “Phil Taylor was almost impossible to pass block during the drills and team period. What was interesting was a comment made to me before practice by a local reporter, who said Taylor wasn’t very good and the team should release him. There was nothing at practice to indicate that was a sound idea.”
- The tight end situation as well as the kicking game remain gigantic question marks given how much both were used last season.
So, feel free to get excited about the Browns’ defense. Just know that someone who is given a legitimate byline happens to think that the team should release their mauling, former first-round draft selection.