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Cleveland Browns July Scouting Report
Bob Fergus

Training camp begins! No real movement on the quarterback front and the last two top picks have been injured yet there is still hope for improvement.

QUARTERBACKS Rookie QB DeShone Kizer is progressing fast than expected but with a brutal opening schedule on top of a rookie learning curve, don't expect Kizer to stat unless a spate of injuries occur early. Kizer 'should' see the field later in the year. QB Brock Osweiler has the most experience and has a winning record along with size and a good arm but he had lots of issues with Houston that may or may not have been coaching related. Expect QB Cody Kessler to be the first man up in the starting rotation but he suffered multiple concussions last year so he is always one hit away from being sidelined. More than likely Brock would be the second man up before giving way to the rookie.

RUNNING BACK NEWS Reports have come out that RB Duke Johnson will be working out of the slot in some packages which would place more of the rushing workload on RB Isiah Crowell. Add in the fact that HC Hue Jackson has stated that he wants to pound the ball to the key additions on the offensive line with the cherry on top that Crow is in his contract year and the stage is set for a 'potential' break out by Crowell. The team did lead the league in rushing over the first four games last year before the roof caved in so we can run the football if healthy and motivated. It appeared that Hue was too quick to pull the trigger and abandoned the run when the team fell behind in games last year. Expect more runs and the bell cow is Isiah Crowell.

RECEIVERS The good news is WR Kenny Britt caught a deep ball in the first practice but the bad news is 2016 first round pick WR Corey Coleman remains sidelined. Coleman has been a major disappointment and really needs to step up. The best hope are tight ends TE Seth DeValve and rookie TE David Njoku to play lots of multiple tight end sets together and open up the middle of the field and both can stretch the field vertically. Second year WR Ricardo Louis has been getting positive press but lets wait to see what they can do on the field.

IDP REPORT Top pick DE Myles Garrett had a lower leg issue which is not good considering he suffered through a series of leg issues last year in college. This might mean the team will limit his exposure in camp so the much anticipated face offs with OT Joe Thomas will have to wait. LB Jamie Collins should have a monster year paired up with DC Gregg Williams and fellow LB Christian Kirksey. I'm not sure rookie SS Jabrill Peppers will be a starter early on. He will be used on special teams but he may not be able to crack the starting lineup right out of the gate. Garrett should start immediately and his ability to set the edge will be tested so he has to come up solid in that regard.

The biggest question remains, who is going to be the quarterback? We won't find up till later in the year and more than likely we won't know until next year after the draft.

Aspettate fino alla prossima volta... Till next time, Ciao!

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