Players reported to team headquarters in Berea today for the most highly anticipated Cleveland Browns training camp in recent memory.
And when the Browns take the field for their first practice at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, they will do so in front of what likely will be the largest crowd ever to gather for a training-camp workout at the facility.
There is great anticipation over whether the Browns can, in fact, deliver on the expectation of fielding one of the top defenses in the NFL – a unit that figures to be enhanced by infusion of dynamic talent from free-agent inside linebacker
There is great anticipation over whether the Browns will, in fact, have a dramatically improved rushing attack, thanks to the additions of
There is great anticipation (mixed with anxiety) over how the wide-receiver situation will play out with the uncertain future of
And, yes, there is great anticipation over the quarterback battle.
Get ready for plenty of noise and electricity when the gates open tomorrow morning.
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE NFL …
DALLAS COWBOYS quarterback Tony Romo says he is ready to have the best season of his career. “I feel personally like I’ve just started to come into the player that I wanted to be six, seven years ago,” Romo was quoted as saying in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. “I think over the course of the next four or five years, you’ll see the best version of me that I’ve had throughout my career. That’s for a lot of different reasons, but I really believe that. I believe that will show as we go forward, so I’m excited about that.”
DENVER BRONCOS quarterback Peyton Manning isn’t happy that fans will not be able to watch the team practice in training camp because its facility is under construction. “As great as these facilities are going to be, the disappointing thing is that just due to the safety issues we couldn’t have fans here, and I’m disappointed in it – it was not the same,” Manning told ESPN after the Broncos’ first practice on Thursday. “You need fans out here in training camp. The energy, you get into the padded practices, those third and fourth padded practices, just a little shout out from the fans … it makes a difference and I missed it.”
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis insist there is no lingering awkwardness between them and tight end Jimmy Graham now that the team has started training camp. Before signing Graham to a $10-million-per-year contract, Payton and Loomis testified in an arbitration hearing against Graham’s claim that he should be classified as a wide receiver for franchise-tag purposes. “Look, it was a tough negotiation, obviously, but it ended well,” Loomis was quoted as saying on ESPN.com. “Obviously going to an appeal hearing over the position argument was unique. But otherwise it was a negotiation. You know, all of these negotiations are tough. Obviously when it’s a high-profile guy, there’s more written about it. And those are personal issues for the players, in particular, and we understand that. But that’s behind us. We’re glad to have it done. I’m sure Jimmy’s glad to have it done.”>>Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, for “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford” on ESPN 850 WKNR or catch the live stream right here on ClevelandBrowns.com. We take your questions at 216-578-0850 and via Twitter @Browns_Daily.