Cleveland Browns Training Camp: Position Battles
The Cleveland Browns have a number of questions three days through the 2019 training camp. With many new acquisitions of talent, the Browns still need to narrow down their best players at each position. There are four positions with notable battles. We have the receivers who will fight for the fifth and sixth spots on the depth chart. Alongside, there are battles at tight end, defensive back, and kicker. Jamie Gillan, the “Scottish Hammer” will have an opportunity to compete with veteran Britton Colquitt, but the expectation is the Colquitt will remain the team’s sole punter.
There are six realistic options for the final two receiver spots on the roster. It is most likely that Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins will take the third and fourth spots. The Browns will likely keep two more on the roster and roll with six receivers. There are some familiar faces contending for the jobs. Damion Ratley and Derrick Willies were both on the final roster last year. The two had a combined 18 receptions for a total of 201 yards. Jaelen Strong, Blake Jackson, and Ishmael Hyman have both practiced with Cleveland. Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi is a hopeful newcomer.
Blake Jackson has been a surprising standout at training camp. He may be one to look for to make the final cut. He has spent a lot of time with the team’s main pieces, which may be attributed to some of his success. Ishmael Hyman, formerly of the AAF, has performed at a high rate as well. Derrick Willies is a dark horse, even though he may have more experience than most other candidates. He was originally brought in to serve on the special teams unit, but his size is what could keep him on the offensive side of the football. Jaelen Strong has been somewhat disappointing since his entrance into the NFL, but I would not rule him out as a candidate.
This battle is primarily focused on the second-string spot. Demetrius Harris and Seth DeValve will go head to head in hopes of winning the position. This battle will also be a means of motivation for the likely starter, David Njoku. Although Njoku will most likely start, Harris and DeValve will give him a run for his money if the twenty-two-year-old isn’t careful. Orson Charles and Pharoah Brown have also gotten reps, but aren’t expected to make the final roster as tight ends. Demetrius Harris will have the upper-hand in this race due to his experience and relationship with GM John Dorsey.
Second-round draft pick, Greedy Williams is competing with both Terrance Mitchell and TJ Carrie for the second corner spot. This one is very intriguing because Mitchell and Carrie have much more experience than Williams. Both also played for Cleveland last year. Williams has been critiqued for his tackling, which is why most think he fell to the Browns in the draft. I think the coaching staff will go with the veteran, Terrance Mitchell to start the season. Although, it will be exciting for fans to see how Greedy Williams pans out.
The Browns have not had a consistent kicker since the departure of the beloved Phil Dawson. Greg Joseph had a solid first season in the NFL, going 17/20 on field-goal attempts and 25/29 on extra-point attempts. Seemingly, fans are very excited for this battle between Joseph and fifth-round draft pick, Austin Seibert, the all-time leading scorer in Big 12 history. Joseph obviously has a year more of NFL experience than Seibert, but the competition has been very tight. Seibert has been great, but Joseph has been slightly more accurate and is currently in the lead for the spot.
The competitions through four days of training camp have not disappointed. Browns training camp will end August 21st, and their first preseason game will kick off August 8th against the Washington Redskins.
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