Writer: Chris Markoch
Offensive player I’m most excited to see: Antonio Callaway, Wide Receiver
I’m still excited to see how Tyrod Taylor leads this offense. But since it’s the first preseason game, Taylor will probably see limited action. That brings me to Antonio Callaway. With the trade of Corey Coleman, Callaway is one of the young wide receivers who will have an opportunity to become a bigger part of the offense.
When Callaway was drafted, many analysts felt the Browns had received a first-round talent in the third round. He averaged nearly 16 yards per catch and had 11 total touchdowns in two seasons at Florida.
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Despite missing all of last season while serving a suspension, then missing most of minicamp with a groin injury, Callaway is impressing coaches and players in camp with his ability to grasp the offense.
(Hopefully his recent off-field issues don’t limit his future potential, but he will be fun to watch Thursday either way)
Defensive player I’m most excited to see: Jabril Peppers, Safety
It’s hard to pick just one player to be excited about on this defense, but I’ll choose Peppers. It’s fair to say this may be curiosity more than it is excitement. Last year, Peppers consistently played the “angel” position for Gregg Williams, which made him invisible around the line of scrimmage.
His stats, or lack thereof, reflected that. Peppers excelled at Michigan by making plays around the line of scrimmage. Early indications out of camp suggest that Peppers will be moved around more this year, giving him the ability to be the playmaker all of us thought we were drafting.