Cleveland Browns training camp is now in full swing, and early storylines are already beginning to take shape. While much has been made about the changes on the offensive side of the ball, there is plenty to watch in other areas as well.
Here are a few early observations regarding training camp:
- So far, linebacker James-Michael Johnson and tight end Jordan Cameron are making names for themselves. Johnson stood up running back Brandon Jackson on a goal-line run and Cameron has been getting ample exposure because of an injury to Evan Moore.
- As expected, quarterback Brandon Weeden has had an up-and-down start to his training camp. As a pure pocket passer, he’s going to need to show an ability to throw with more mobility, but it’s at least obvious so far that he will be named the starter.
- Cornerback Sheldon Brown is dangerously close to losing his starting spot. Between Dimitri Patterson, Buster Skrine, and even Trevin Wade, Brown has a lot of players looking to make a statement during camp. Brown has certainly lost a step, and there were rumblings even late last season that Patterson could soon take over.
- This is an important training camp for running back Montario Hardesty. He is competing with Brandon Jackson for the backup spot behind Trent Richardson (who is off to a good start of his own) and, so far, he’s doing everything right. He has certainly shown the quickness that made him a second-round pick in 2010; the only question will be how long he’s able to stay healthy.