Watching Mingo react quicker to passing drills in training camp was, no doubt, an encouraging sign.
Seeing the Browns’ second-year linebacker translate his improvement in a live football setting was the biggest takeaway from Saturday’s dress rehearsal in Akron.
Plays like the one Mingo made late in the scrimmage provide a vibrant picture of why the Browns’ coaching staff thinks their unit can be among the stingiest in the NFL.
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“I don’t know if you guys heard about the offseason camp where my hands were bricks,” said Mingo, who told ClevelandBrowns.com that story in this article. “Just improving on that, improving on running drills, improving on anything that can do to help me be a better player so I can help this team win.”
That wasn’t the only impactful play from Mingo on Saturday. His presence was felt as a pass rusher all afternoon.
“He seems to be around the ball a lot, and he’s so fast and so long,” said
Coach Mike Pettine said earlier last week he thinks young players who shine during the scrimmage can use that as momentum going into preseason games. Mingo has plenty of momentum – and now confidence in his expanding abilities, too.
“We got a scheme that is going to allow us to play to our strengths,” said Mingo. “I am just looking forward to what this defense can do.”