What a difference a year makes. The Cleveland Browns have just wrapped up day two in training camp and the positives are everywhere.
Last year the Browns were hoping to develop a running game behind aging Jamal Lewis. This year the running back position is very crowded with youth and talent. Jerome Harrison has looked very good and Peyton Hillis is showing he will be hard to keep on the bench as well.
Quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have both impressed the coaches, with rookie Colt McCoy also looking good.
Last year, neither Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson looked like they wanted the job. That attitude continued through the entire season.
The tight end position looks so much better this year. Ben Watson is a savvy veteran slated to be the starter, but don’t count out Evan Moore.
Moore has looked great, catching several passes while proving to be a mismatch against anyone trying to cover him. Last year at this time, Browns fans didn’t know who Moore was.
D’Qwell Jackson has looked good. He seems to be rising to the challenge. The competition at linebacker is only going to get hotter among a very deep group. As many as eight could fill out the rotation without any drop-off.
Josh Cribbs has been lining up every where on offense. Last year the Browns couldn’t figure out how to use him. Cribbs and Wallace have been looking very good together.
Rookie running back Montario Hardesty will miss at least two weeks after twisting his knee. There should be no rush to get him back on the field. Make sure he’s 100 percent.
With Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert joining the Browns, Eric Mangini can concentrate on being the head coach. He seems more relaxed this camp.
Joe Haden is signed and in camp. He looked good in his first day.
I can remember not too long ago, the word competition was not heard in Berea. Now it’s the word that best describes Browns camp.Article originally posted at http://www.nfltouchdown.com/