Sure, they’re only playing in shorts and helmets, but OTAs (organized team activities) have officially started for the Browns. For the next four weeks, the new players (and old) on the team will be subjected to various meetings with coaches and 90-minute practices, giving fans just a taste of what is to come in September. There are a number of questions going into the 2008 season – and for once, they are not all painfully negative – but none of them are going to be answered in OTAs. However, it will be a chance for the coaching staff and players to once again get acclimated with each other, and that is enough to satisfy my football appetite at the moment.
The Browns’ website has run a few pieces about the sessions, including an interview with head coach Romeo Crennel. It’s worth checking out, as he answers questions regarding new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, the incorporation of new players, and the expectations going into 2008. The best part was seeing Travis Wilson get mentioned as having the opportunity to “get a lot of reps.” I think he still has a chance to make a big impact on the team.