By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor
Here are some impressions from the Browns’ rookie training camp on Wednesday:
>>Josh Gordon is an impressive athlete. You are first struck by his 6-foot-3, 225-pound frame. But the guy isn’t simply large (and larger than all of the other rookie receivers). He looks to be an exceptional athlete. He moves with a great deal of fluidity and catches the ball with relative ease. Gordon’s hands not only appear to be dependable, but they’re also extremely large. A couple of people who shook hands with the second-round pick in the supplemental draft shared that his hand swallowed theirs. Having been out of football because of his suspension at and subsequent transfer from Baylor, the guy is understandably behind in his physical conditioning, although he has plenty of time to catch up before the Sept. 9 season-opener against Philadelphia.
>>Gordon told reporters he didn’t feel he was all that behind from a mental standpoint, given that it was his first on-field action with the Browns. Still, in some drills he was asked to stand to the side and watch, although it was clear he was eager to be on the field for every snap possible.
>>Travis Benjamin has clearly made significant strides since offseason workouts. The fourth-round choice from Miami consistently ran routes with greater precision than he demonstrated in rookie minicamp, full-squad minicamp, and OTA workouts. He also caught everything that came his way, and the speedster showed even greater explosiveness after getting the ball in his hands.
>>Brandon Weeden continued to look like the best thrower of the Browns’ quarterbacks. There was almost no comparison between the velocity and accuracy of his passes and those of the only veterans participating in the rookie camp: Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace, and Thaddeus Lewis. That said, it was interesting that Pat Shurmur noted that McCoy, Wallace, and Lewis are throwing the ball better and showing improvement from last season simply because they better understand the offensive system.
>>It’s hardly a surprise that Shurmur fielded multiple questions about when he planned to officially name a starting quarterback. It’s even less of a surprise that the coach deftly sidestepped those questions, saying only that “earlier is better” for the decision to be made. But there truly is no rush. Shurmur and the rest of the Browns’ hierarchy would like to see Weeden perform in pads in training-camp practices. Quarterbacks are off-limits for contact during full-pads workouts, but the tempo of those sessions will be faster than what he has seen do date and his response should be somewhat revealing. It also would make sense, perhaps, to see him play a preseason game or two. In the meantime, the Browns could very easily hang onto the rest of their quarterbacks to make sure they are protected against the possibility of an injury to Weeden.
>>For the most part, it looks as if all of the Browns’ rookies have done a superb job of retaining what they learned during offseason drills and meetings. They kept mistakes (and yelling by coaches who aren’t afraid to make loud corrections) to a minimum. That is especially impressive considering that the playbooks they received when reporting for camp on Tuesday are about three inches thick and contain more than a 100 plays.
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