Joe Thomas is the kind of guy you draft and plug in at left tackle for 10 years. That gives us a window of only 4 more years to make use of this great player...
As an NFL rookie, Winn has described his days by saying he wakes up, works out, goes to meetings and practices, watches some film, eats a meal, goes home, gets rest and repeats it day after day.And hopefully the veterans are learning by HIS example. There is no one on this team who should feel like they are comfortable with either this offense or defense at this point. It may not be pre-season or regular season, but these guys should be setting the bar high right now out of the gate. Practices may be more relaxed but studying should be intense and it won't result in injury Nothing to lose by burying their noses in the playbook. They need all the advantage they can get.
Another thing he makes a point to do every day is compete.
“I’m really (getting into) that playbook and learning as much as I can,” Winn said. “I’m always in that mode. If you’re not out here competing, then, you’re not out here at all. That’s how I feel about it.”
LBs, I don't think are set at all except for DQ at MLB...I think Chris Gokong has a pretty good hold one of the OLB spots, but I don't think anyone, including Scott Fujita, has an inside track to the other starting OLB spot...it could be Fujita, James-Michael Johnson, Kaluka Maiva or even Marcus Benard, who has been showing flashes playing LB in OTAs...Emmanuel Acho could earn some spot time as well.Good old Marcu Benard. I was hoping like hell they would give him a chance at LB last year once Fujita went out with injury. I was happy to see Maiva get a chance to show what he could do last year, but it was like they just skipped all over Benard. As a seasoned veteran he seems to have a nose for the ball and offensive strategies. Benard in 2010 was one of our best players. I certainly didn't understand that Shurmur decision in any way. Now that Benard seems like he is being phased out of the Defensive End position by the new free agents brought in, I hope he gets serious reps at LB. I like the way thhis guy plays hard every down. I don't know about anyone else but I look for him and notice him on almost every play. He is quick, strong, and he likes to hit. He must be a starter on this team somewhere IMO. He is only going to get better if given the opportunity.
We lost one of our own last night .
Phantom fought hard in his battle against cancer .
I was hoping like hell they would give him a chance at LB last year once Fujita went out with injury. I was happy to see Maiva get a chance to show what he could do last year, but it was like they just skipped all over Benard.Just the opposite lbg,
I had lost touch with him recently as I really don't keep up with FB and CBS much
Abe Abraham ..used to catch the balls after FG and Extra Point attempts ..he caught quite a few from Lou the Toe
how many jerseys do the Browns have retired ?
Name the former Browns coach who played for Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers Championship team?
Have a safe fun weekend.
we will be slinging Ohio mud tonight .
BEREA—One of the Browns’ draft choices flying under the radar somewhat is Mitchell Schwartz. The Browns used their draft choice at the top of the second round (37<sup>th</sup> overall) with the expectation that Mitchell will be the team’s starting right tackle.
Schwartz (6-5, 320) has stepped in and has been running with the first unit throughout mini camps.
“It’s been awesome out here,” Schwartz said after Thursday’s practice. “I’m getting better every day.”
Schwartz has caught Browns’ Head Coach Pat Shurmur’s attention in the early going.
“I think he’s very intelligent,” Shurmur said. “He’s very technically sound. He’s a big-body guy, but he responds well, at least it looks like, to some of the speed rush that we’ve seen from our guys.”
“He’s done a good job with that and then I think he understands the concepts pretty well and it’s showing up in his play.”
Schwartz scored a 34 on the ACT test and his known for being a smart player.
“I pride myself on not making mental mistakes,” he said. “I want to be prepared and know where I’m supposed to be.”
Schwartz said the offense he played in college with Cal is similar to what the Browns are using.
“The offense is not too much different than it was at Cal,” he said. “A lot of it is technique, but it has been a smooth transition.”
The Browns had a glaring hole at right tackle after they chose to not re-sign Tony Pashos, who had started the last two seasons despite battling injuries.
Browns’ left tackle Joe Thomas has also been impressed with Schwartz.
“He’s done a good job,” Thomas said. “I’ve been impressed with Mitchell. He’s very smart. He’s a technician. I’m impressed with how he picks up everything so quickly.”
Thomas, the five-time Pro Bowler, was asked if Schwartz reminded him of himself.
“Technique has always been important for me,” Thomas said. “(Schwartz) studies and the things that are important for him are important for me.”
Schwartz said Thomas has helped him make the transition from college to the NFL.
“You’re talking about the best tackle in the NFL,” Schwartz said. “It’s awesome to watch what he does and why. All the offensive linemen have been great.”
Schwartz feels going against second-year defensive end Jabaal Sheard in practice every day will help him prepare for the regular season.
“It will be good to go against (Sheard) in practice,” he said. “It will only help make the games not as bad.”
Thomas is the elder statesman of the offensive line and is just 27. He is optimistic about the offensive line both now and in the future. The other starters project to be LG Jason Pinkston (second season), C Alex Mack (fourth season), RG Shawn Lauvao (third season) and Schwartz (rookie).
“I think the O-Line is going to be the strength of the offense for years to come,” Thomas said. “I’m the oldest and it’s just my sixth year. We have a chance to be around together for a long time.”
More QB Talk:
Shurmur was asked again about naming a starter at quarterback at the conclusion of minicamp, but he said the only certainty is the starter will be named before the Browns open against the Eagles on Sept. 9
“It’s important that the guys who are playing quarterback get practice,” Shurmur said. “I want to see a good body of work and at some point will name a starter.”
Shurmur said rookie QB Brandon Weeden is getting the majority of reps, but he wants all four quarterbacks to get their turn.
“At this point, everybody on the roster gets reps,” he said. “Once we name a starter, he will get all the reps.”
“When the games start and we play Philadelphia, the starter will get all the reps.”
Although Shurmur doesn’t want to name a starting quarterback, he was asked if it was safe to say that first round draft pick Trent Richardson was the starting running back.
“I think that’s probably fair to say,” Shurmur said.
OL Oniel Cousins was back at practice after missing practices for personal reasons. DL Brian Schaefering (sports hernia), FB Eddie Williams (back) and OL Stanley Daniels (undisclosed) missed practice.
QB Brandon Weeden threw an interception to DB Usama Young in the end zone on a pass intended for TE Evan Moore. He then came back with touchdown passes to WR Greg Little and WR Jordan Norwood. QB Colt McCoy threw a touchdown to rookie WR Travis Benjamin. DB Emanuel Davis intercepted QB Seneca Wallace. K Phil Dawson tried to field goals from 65 yards to end practice and had the distance, but was just wide left twice. He made all of his attempts up until then from inside 50 yards.
End of Mini Camp:
Shurmur said he was happy with the progress the Browns made from the OTAs.
“We’re making steady progress,” Shurmur said. “I feel good about it. It’s gone quickly, but we’re moving along as scheduled.”
The Browns have one more session of OTA’s next Tuesday through Friday and then will begin training camp at the end of July. Next Tuesday is the only session open to the media.
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