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Training Camp Edition...
Football season has begun and the Browns training camp is underway at the Berea Training Facility until August 17.
Featuring 15 practices that are open to the public, the camp is a fun family event if you bleed brown and orange. It's the place to watch your favorite players in action, determine which rookies display promise, and which quarterback will rise above the controversy.
I went to the 5th practice at the end of July, and posted by Pro Team shop, enjoyed some concessions, and witnessed an hour of intense drills and a touch scrimmage between offense and defense.
I was pleased to see the rookie and first round draft pick, Myles Garrett, a defensive lineman wearing #95, looking solid on the field with his 6’4” 272-pound frame. By my observation, Garrett has an appetite to learn and wants to be a playmaker. I watched him dominate the field as he positioned himself into every play. I am looking forward to seeing Garrett hang with some of the other top linemen in the league.
Other players making a statement included number 17, at Quarterback, Brock Osweiler, who showed he can move the offense. Using his height at 6’8’’ to his advantage, he showed he has a strong view over the line, and can quickly read for open players.
Overall, the performances from all the players demonstrated pride as they wore the brown and orange. They also extended their pride to the fans and engaged with them post practice by signing autographs, taking photos, and remembering the names of children who attended previous camps.
I saw players wanting to make the team and returning veterans ready for a 2017 season. I heard encouraging words from Head Coach Hue Jackson and he did not reserve any opportunity to challenge players, calling them out if he saw players not up to his expectations.
I feel optimistic about this season, as I had with others in the past. No matter what I believe, each athlete at camp knows what being a Cleveland Brown means to the city.
The Cleveland Browns are more than just a professional ball club, more than a hobby to look forward to once a year, more than a record, more than a sport. The Cleveland Browns are a legacy, a triumphant reminder of grit and kinship that can be experienced during any game whether sitting at First Energy Stadium, at a bar, or at home with family and friends. The Cleveland Browns are LIFE!
Good luck fellas for a phenomenal season!