The pace gets must faster when veterans join
Here are five thoughts as the Cleveland Browns get ready to transition from the weekend’s rookie minicamp to organized team activity (OTA) workouts, which will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday:
>On Saturday and Sunday, the rookies had the field and the spotlight to themselves. They were able to operate pretty much at their own learning pace, because they all were introduced to the playbook and their respective assignments at the same time. They also were able to make more than a few mistakes that didn’t carry heavy consequences because they weren’t facing experienced opponents. That will all change on Tuesday, when veterans, who can call on experience and previous exposure to the playbook, join the sessions on the field and in the meeting room. There will be a noticeable increase in the tempo of the drills and the quality of play than the rookies generally saw over the weekend. Now, the coaches and player-personnel evaluators are going to see just how well the kids can keep up with the vets.
>General Manager Ray Farmer asked for patience regarding the team’s need to address wide receiver, and he has proven that it was warranted by coming through with what, on paper, appears to be a clear upgrade at the position.
>This week is when the “Play Like a Brown” mantra from coach Mike Pettine and Farmer truly begins to take hold. Now, you have veterans and rookies working together. And the players who figure to do the most to reinforce that message of striving for excellence in everything the team does – linebacker
>I like that Gordon will be practicing with the team and going about his business in normal fashion. Regardless of what his status might be for the season, he needs to show his new coaches, as well as his teammates, that he is fully aboard with everything that needs to be done to get ready for the season. Preparation matters, particularly when new schemes are being introduced, and Gordon can help others as well as himself with what he does on the practice field. You think rookie cornerbacks
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