Cleveland Browns Training Camp: Accuracy, Discipline Signs of Hope

Brian DiTullioSenior Writer IAugust 2, 2010

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 2:  Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns returns a kickoff for a touchdown past Haruki Nakamura #43 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter of their NFL game at Cleveland Browns Stadium November 2, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Thanks to great coverage from various media outlets, and Bleacher Report's own Daniel Wolf, we have a plethora of information about the opening days of Browns training camp.

Everyone who reported on the opening day of practice noted how much more accurate quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace were compared to Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn last year. As The Plain Dealer 's Terry Pluto pointed out, the Browns only completed a total of 33 passes in their five victories last year, and there really is nowhere to go but up as far as quarterbacks go.

With a historically bad offense last year, it won't take a lot to show improvement this year. On the other hand, with the fanbase as frustrated as they are, it won't take many Delhomme interceptions to turn everyone against him.

Joshua Cribbs and Seneca Wallace debuted the "Cyclone" formation, and this is where things could get really interesting. If offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has learned from last year's debacle, we should see more than one or two attempts at a Wildcat that went nowhere last year.

The running game took a hit when Montario Hardesty went down with a twisted knee prior to the first public practice, and this is serious cause for concern. Hardesty has a history of being fragile, with three knee surgeries to his resume already. On one hand, you can sit there and say, "It's just twisted, he'll be ready to go once the season starts," or you can take this as a sign of things to come.

The Browns traded up three spots in the draft to take this guy, who had been projected to go much lower specifically because of his injury history, and this new injury does not make that trade look any better.

Hardesty's misfortune, however, is Jerome Harrison's gain, as Harrison now will end up getting the bulk of the first team reps. It also will allow the other running backs more opportunity to show their stuff.

Observers also noted there were nowhere near as many laps being run by the players for penalties as there were last year. Discipline always has been a hallmark of an Eric Mangini-run team, so it's nice to see lessons learned last year have not been forgotten.

Last, but certainly not least, Joe Haden signed his five-year, $50 million contract and now is in camp. The Browns secondary has to improve from last year, when it looked like it would've had trouble defending against local Cleveland high school offenses, and Haden's presence certainly should bring everyone's game up. Camp is in full swing, and now everyone can look forward to a little preseason football.


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