When the Cleveland Browns selected former Notre Dame safety
That time appears to be coming to an end.
Due to an Achilles tendon injury suffered last September, Slaughter was unable to participate in rookie minicamp and was limited in most of the team’s offseason work. However, he expects to be ready when the entire team reports for training camp at the end of July.
“The recovery’s going very well,” Slaughter said. “I’m sure to be cleared this month, so I’m feeling great right now. I’ve been doing all the workouts, the team workouts and stuff. By the time we come back for training camp, I should be full-go.
“It’s been tough, but I’ve just been putting all that energy that I would’ve had for (practice) into my rehab, conditioning and workouts. I’ve been staying busy, learning the playbook so I can be prepared for when I come back for camp and potentially get a spot.”
Slaughter said taking the mental reps while watching from the sidelines and working with the coaches in meetings has allowed him to learn the Browns’ playbook and not fall too far behind his new teammates.
“It’s huge because 90 percent of the game is mental,” Slaughter said. “A lot of people out there are the same speed as you, the same strength, but mentally, how fast you pick up things and make plays, that’s what most playmakers do. They know the game mentally.”
Having been unable to play the game he loves for nearly nine months, Slaughter plans on channeling those emotions into “positive energy” so he can compete on the professional level.
“I think I should go out there just like I used to play back at Notre Dame,” Slaughter said. “Since I haven’t played in almost a year, I’m going to go out there and give it my all.
“My goal for training camp is to go out there always prepared, know what to do. Since I have missed a lot of time, I don’t (want) too many mental errors. Sometimes, you’ll have some here and there, but I don’t want that to be a handicap for me. That’s one of my main goals, to go out there and compete.”