Week 1 of OTAs is officially complete.
Browns players have a full two days to rest and recover before they return to the Berea facility for the second of three weeks of OTAs. There's seven left before the Browns meet June 16 for their three-day, mandatory veteran mini-camp.
The offseason is flying by, but we'd be remiss if we didn't look back on a few comments from Browns coach Mike Pettine on Tuesday that flew a bit under the radar, but are certainly valuable to acknowledge as Cleveland takes one step closer to the 2015 season.
On wide receiver Rodney Smith, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Florida State product who spent the majority of last season on the practice squad.
"He showed flashes when he was out there on the scout team. Again, he wasn't a guy that got a lot of reps with the starting units. Here's a guy that is big, that's got a big catch radius, that can run. We were very curious to get him out here and get him through the offseason and give him a chance to compete. He's been so far so good with Rodney."
On outside linebacker Scott Solomon, who was been a fixture with the first-team defense as Barkevious Mingo continues his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.
"I think Scott showed us toward the end of the year what he's capable of, and now that he'll have been here through a full offseason and been in through all the installs …That's tough when you come to a team midstream and the reps that you're getting for the most part, for him, were off of a scout card. That's when we really took notice of him and got him in there without a lot of prep work just because of the circumstances. We're looking for some big things from Scott."
On the increase in pre-snap movement that was seen from the offense during the first OTA.
"I think that the pre-snap movement stuff is good. We're not going to overdo it. I know we want to get a lot of it in, but you kind of have a feel for what defenses, 'Who does this affect? Who does this not affect?' We don't want to just shift and motion just to tire our guys out and not have an effect. We're going to install a lot. We're going to throw a lot at our guys and see what we can retain. Then, sit back as coaches and look at, 'Here's what we do well,' and go ahead and highlight that."
On his increased role with the offense and how he views the group differently than he did at this time last year.
"It's like back to school for me. You kind of see plays from the defensive side, and now you kind of learn the structure of them and what specifically … just the details of it. It's good to kind of sit in the meeting almost like a player and learn it. That way you get a better appreciation for what these guys have to go through. We tell them, 'Hey, go home. Get in your playbook. Do this, do that.' I'm realizing that, 'Hey, we're asking a lot of these guys.' To me, you have to be mature and have to be professional to be able to handle the volume of an NFL offense."
On how the team has gone about installing plays, particularly on the offensive side of the ball under new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.
"We've put a lot in both sides of the ball and we're going to do some things to test each other and some of it tests ourselves – guys getting lined up … The key is that we can go in and get it graded and go through it with them and the mistakes are getting corrected and not repeated."