With new coaches and a new offense, third-year Cleveland Browns tight end
The Browns took another step in the learning process this week, as the team began its three-day voluntary minicamp. Under the current collective bargaining agreement, Tuesday’s practice was the first time the Browns’ coaches and players were allowed to work together in football drills.
“It was good,” Cameron said of the start of minicamp. “There was a lot of energy. Guys were flying around. The effort was there. It was a lot of fun to finally get out here after this long-awaited offseason. It’s fun to get out here and get things moving.
“Getting with coaches, finally, on the field, getting coached up, running the plays and getting used to this offense is a good thing. I think we took a big step forward.”
Coach Rob Chudzinski said he and the coaching staff are working to further develop Cameron’s skills.
“This offense has featured tight ends, and tight ends have always been a big part of it,” Chudzinski said. “He has a skill set that fits. He’s had a good couple days. It’s a learning process right now, and he has to keep progressing, but we feel good about him, and where he’s at right now.”
Before the start of the minicamp, which is the first of two the Browns are allowed to have under league rules because of their change in head coach, the players spent two weeks building up their bodies with strength and conditioning coach, Brad Roll.
Once this minicamp is over, the players will begin phase two of the offseason program. Then, they will participate in 10 organized team activity practices before the mandatory minicamp in June.
“(It’s important), just getting this offense down, the timing, letting it soak in and getting the details of our assignments down, knowing where to be and lining up correctly, getting things squared away with the technique and everything,” Cameron said. “These days are huge because there are so many details and technique things that we need to get down. It’s a completely different offense than we ran.
“There’s a lot of running and guys getting out of breaks and running through things that we’re not used to. You’ve definitely got to pay attention to coaches, have thick skin, take the criticism and just move forward each day.”