Minicamp provides confirmation of picks’ skills

Posted by Bernie Kosar on May 16, 2012 – 2:59 pm

By Bernie Kosar, Special Contributor to ClevelandBrowns.com

Here are some highlights from my latest appearance on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford”:

It didn’t surprise me that Brandon Weeden had such a solid minicamp in terms of throwing the ball.

And, of course, you can’t forget that it is a non-contact environment and that a lot more goes into playing quarterback, or any position, when it’s live and the hitting’s going on.  But just in terms of being able to show confidence, show his ability to throw the ball, show his ability to handle some of things he’ll see from different teams and read defenses, I thought he performed exceptionally well.

Even without contact, Trent Richardson was able to display his potential to be a top-tier, workhorse back. That was something we saw with Peyton Hillis a few years ago when he had his magical season. He had the ability to come in contact with a defender and break the tackle and make yards after that.

Not to over-glorify or over-hype it, but I think you’d be hard-pressed to say that anybody in college football in the last couple years has run like Trent Richardson. He shows that rare ability to break tackles and get those yards after contact, which is now becoming an incredibly important statistic and quality that you look for with running backs.

You go into these minicamps hoping to see on your own practice field what you saw of these draft picks during their college careers, especially the high picks. So, from that standpoint, it’s just nice to kind of get confirmation of that in real life with your playbook, with your plays, doing it in your situation.

The other nice thing is seeing the guys’ intensity – intensity to play, intensity to be part of this team now, to pick up the offense and defense, and make the plays that you’re used to seeing or you expect to see come Sunday afternoon in the fall. And that was the case throughout all three days of minicamp.

Be sure to catch Bernie Kosar’s regular appearances with Vic Carucci on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford,” Monday through Friday, 6-7 p.m. ET, live on ESPN 850 WKNR and ClevelandBrowns.com


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One Response to “Minicamp provides confirmation of picks’ skills”

  1. By brwns_fan on May 17, 2012 | Reply

    Three things bubble to the top of this stew. Can Weeds look off the safety? Can Weeds and T-Rex recognize the blitz without letting the defense know you know it’s a blitz? And lastly, can T-Rex pick up the free-man in the delayed 5-man rush?

    Intensity was built into this draft, more than any other I’ve seen. Thank-you Heckert . Phase one done with a well done.

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