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What is the expected record for this year to be considered successful?
Honestly? Going 9-7 is extremely realistic. Where exactly are the glaring weaknesses on the Browns? You can argue wide receiver might not overwhelm you on paper. But
As football fans we become enamored with the word “start.” Unless we’re talking about the quarterback position, starting doesn’t matter much. It’s the number of snaps players will see. And just by judging the little bit of minicamp I’ve been able to take in, I think both West and Desir will see their fair share of snaps, maybe as early as September. West runs viciously, and will catch defenses off guard with how hard he is to actually tackle to the ground. Desir’s size will give him an advantage in the crowded cornerback depth chart. Not only is he lengthy at 6-foot-1, he’s got a set of bulky tree trunks for arms. We hear Mike Pettine and Jim O’Neil use the term “press-man coverage” a ton. It looks like Desir’s upper body strength could help him excel in jamming receivers off the line. Let's not forget about
How’s Johnny Manziel looking?
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My very first reaction to seeing Manziel in an 11-on-11 drill was that he looked similar to Drew Brees. Now don’t overreact. I’m not comparing the Browns’ rookie quarterback to a likely Hall of Famer in the way you might think. But stature wise, arm strength wise and the way Manziel really puts his whole torso into a throw, to me, resembled the Saints all-pro quarterback. Wednesday’s OTA practice will be open in its entirety to the media, and we will get a better sense of Manziel then. But he certainly looks like a capable first round pick early in minicamp.
Skrine has something Justin Gilbert and Pierre Desir do not: the experience of starting an entire NFL season. Sure, the Browns base defense will be a hybrid version of the 3-4. But most NFL defenses must operate out of the nickel package, with an extra cornerback, to withstand passing attacks. Skrine could start the season opposite of Haden. He could start the season as the nickel back defending slot receivers.