Another training camp is officially in the books. This off-season was the most unique in history, especially for a team learning a new system with a new coaching staff. Despite adversity, the Browns had an overall successful camp and are poised for a bounce back season.
One of the most important things about any off-season is for the players to fully buy into the philosophy of their coaches. Kevin Stefanski might be a rookie head coach, but he looked like anything but that throughout Training Camp. In addition to that, players that are coming back for another year looked great. Odell Beckham Jr made spectacular catches daily and participated in almost every day of camp, which didn’t happen last year due to injury. A fully healthy OBJ is a scary thing. Denzel Ward looks poised for his 2nd Pro Bowl season in 2020. Nick Chubb got a concussion early on in camp but him and Kareem Hunt should be a dynamic duo this season.
Just like most training camps, there’s always a few downsides. Losing rookie Safety Grant Delpit for the entire season is a huge blow. He was meant to be a huge part of the defense. GM Andrew Berry wisely brought in Ronnie Harrison via trade to help the secondary. Mack Wilson feared to have a serious injury as well, but it appears he’ll only be out 4-6 weeks. Injuries are always a part of the off-season, but losing Delpit is devastating. Hopefully be bounces back in 2021.
Baker Mayfield had a pretty solid camp. More times than not, the offense looked rough, but that isn’t exactly uncommon with any training camp across the league. Of course us fans want to see them click on all cylinders, but we have to understand that this is a process and it’ll likely be a few weeks into the season before they get into a rhythm. Baker showed up to camp in amazing physical shape and appears to be more focused than ever. He had numerous precise throws in camp, but also some overthrows and timing issues with receivers.
Offensive standout of Training Camp
Several players had great showings on the offensive side of the ball, but rookie Tight End Harrison Bryant absolutely blew everyone away. The Maurice Bassett Award winner made dozens of leaping catches on top of displaying high football IQ and a great attitude. He kept his head down, worked, and impressed the coaches day in and day out. “He is a very locked-in young man,” Kevin Stefanski stated. His future is very bright in Cleveland.
Defensive standout of Training Camp
The Linebacker group has been one of the biggest question marks all offseason. It has to make Browns fans feel better seeing how improved Sione Takitaki is. He spent all of camp constantly around the football and made play after play. Nathan Zegura and Josh Cribbs constantly said on Browns Live that he looks like a much different player this year than last year. He’s always been described as a “heat-seeking missile”, so if he can be slightly controlled then 2020 might be his breakout year.
We’re all ready to see the Browns bounce back in 2020 after how disappointing last year was. There will be growing pains, but hopefully things will start clicking and the wins will come. No bark, all bite. Go Browns!