Cleveland Browns: Rookies report to training camp today
The Cleveland Browns saw several groups of players report to Berea on Monday for the start of training camp.
The Cleveland Browns do not officially open training camp until Friday, but several groups of players reported to Berea today to begin the 2016 NFL season.
The rookies, quarterbacks and injured veterans reported to camp today to begin the new era of Browns football under head coach Hue Jackson. The practices are not open to the public until Friday, but Robert Griffin III and the rest of the players reporting Monday are already beginning the quest to secure their roles on the roster in 2016.
The 2016 draft class features 14 players reporting to camp, with Corey Coleman being the lone player who is expected to be at the top of the depth chart at his respective position. Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib also have great shots to be major producers for the Browns in 2016.
The focus throughout camp will continue to be on the quarterback position, although a competition is not exactly in place. Griffin will win the starting job to open the season, it is just a matter of when Jackson will officially name him the starter.
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This leaves the backup job up for grabs between veteran Josh McCown and rookie Cody Kessler. Kessler could win the spot, but he may benefit more from learning behind McCown and avoiding the field at all costs in 2016.
Once Griffin is named the starter, the focus will shift back to the team as a whole as Jackson tries to bring some respect back to Cleveland Browns football. After a 3-13 season in 2015, any rise in the win total would be seen as an improvement for a franchise ranked among the worst in all of professional sports.
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Training camp and the preseason are not always exact signs of how the team will perform during the regular season, but it sure is nice to have the team back on a football field.