Cleveland Browns minicamp: 5 things you need to know

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Jun 16, 2015; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas (73) guards during a play during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns wrapped up the three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday, which means the 2015 off-season is officially in the books.

The workouts are completed, the draft picks and free agents are all under contract, and now the players are off until training camp opens in July, where there will be several positional battles taking place as general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine work to finalize who will make the final 53-man roster for the Sept. 13 season opener against the New York Jets.

“When we wrap up … we’ll evaluate where we are, not just at (one) position but every position,” head coach Mike Pettine said. “Then, it’ll be on the coordinator to get with each position coach to kind of set the plan for training camp – ‘Hey, this is a guy that’s been with the No. 3’s, but he’s shown some glimpses. We’d like to see him against other competition, see if he can go against the No. 2’s, maybe even against the No. 1’s.’ You’ll see us in training camp, even with the quarterbacks, just mixing and matching lineups just to see guys playing with different supporting casts.”

While the players are now off for a break, there is no rest for the wicked here at Dawg Pound Daily, so let’s take a look at the five things Browns’ fans need to know from this week’s minicamp.

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