It's as quiet as it will ever be here in Berea, but the mailbag never takes a summer vacation.
We're humming along after a productive finish to the offseason workout program.
Have you guys ever thought about putting Terrelle Pryor at QB? Even though he's a WR now he was a star QB back at Ohio State. -- Jamal T., Cleveland
How well will Pryor contribute to the receiving core? We saw some big plays from him last year but he didn't quite make the complete change to WR. -- Christian M., Dunkirk, Ohio
Let's get the first one out of the way right from the start. Pryor is a wide receiver and he's embraced that more than ever. His constant work and dedication to his new position makes that clear. As Hue Jackson said last month, Pryor, one year removed from making the move from quarterback to receiver, has found his "why" and run with it. Now does his past experience add a wrinkle or two to what Jackson draws up on offense? Sure.
Throughout the offseason workout program, Pryor looked so much more comfortable at wide receiver compared to last year's training camp. It's clear he's benefitted from on-field work -- something he missed dearly in 2015 because of a nagging hamstring injury that limited him to just one preseason game. He's a dynamic athlete and has something the other 10 receivers on the 90-man roster don't -- a 6-foot-4, 233-pound frame.
As senior offensive assistant/wide receivers coach Al Saunders said last week, Pryor has "improved by leaps and bounds" but the "season is yet to come."
"He's got to make a lot of ground up in that way, but every day he gets better, he does something that really gives me room for optimism that he has a future at that position. We're really excited about him," Saunders said. "He's dedicated himself in the classroom, and his work ethic is better and better and better. His efficiency is better and better and better. I look forward to getting him in training camp and see where we can go from there. He's done a nice job."
The Browns took to the field to finish the three-day veterans' minicamp.
Haven't heard much about Scooby Wright during rookie minicamp and OTAs. Any word on how he's performing? -- Ron W., Cincinnati
The seventh-round pick made a nifty interception and return at the Browns rookie minicamp last month and has worked hard to assimilate himself in a competitive inside linebackers room. Christian Kirksey and Demario Davis have established themselves as the likely top options but there's always room for more. The Browns kept four inside linebackers throughout last season, and three -- Kirksey, Tank Carder and Craig Robertson -- had significant roles on special teams. That's part of the deal at the position, especially when you're not on the field for every down. Wright is competing with the likes of Carder, Justin Tuggle and Dominique Alexander for a spot on the 53-man roster.
"He's playing the Buck linebacker for us," inside linebackers coach Johnny Holland said. "He's done an excellent job of trying to learn our defense, working very hard. He's going to have a bright future. Scooby plays with the effort that we like. He's a very intense player and he had a lot of production in college, which we are looking to get some production from our inside linebackers."
We've heard virtually nothing about TEs E.J. Bibbs or Randall Telfer this year and the Browns brought in two more TEs to this week's minicamp. What's up with the TE position? -- Charlie C., Sheridan, Wyoming
Neither of those tryout tight ends stuck, so the Browns will roll into the offseason with the following tight ends on the roster alongside Pro Bowler Gary Barnidge: Bibbs, rookie Seth DeValve, Connor Hamlett, J.P. Holtz and Telfer. Barnidge expressed optimism about the group, which has just one player (Bibbs) who has ever been on an NFL 53-man roster. Jackson said he wouldn't single any of them out until the team dons pads at training camp.
Do you think the Browns will consider Mingo at MLB? -- Kenneth B., Longboat Key, Florida
There's been no indication that kind of permanent move is in the cards. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton has said he has a plan for Mingo and it will include "moving him around."
"He's not going to line up at just one position and win that way," Horton said. "We are going to move him around. Sometimes, he is going to drop. Sometimes, he is going to rush, and I have plans for him to be on the field running around. Now, how much does he play? That will be his choice."