What are the 3 most pleasant surprises at Cleveland Browns training camp?
The first game of the regular season is just over a week away for the Cleveland Browns as they prepare to travel to Baltimore to play the hated Ravens in an empty M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore is coming off an impressive 14-2 campaign and offers up an immediately difficult challenge for the new-look Browns.
A year after going 6-10 with Freddie Kitchens as their head coach (despite an immense amount of offensive talent) Cleveland is now preparing to start a new era with Kevin Stefanski as the newest coach.
Stefanski comes over from the Minnesota Vikings and unlike Kitchens, his hiring was widely praised around the league. A former offensive coordinator, Stefanski helped Kirk Cousins have the most efficient season of his career while also completely revamping their running game.
With the Browns, he could have an even bigger impact as he has Baker Mayfield under center with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in the backfield. No disrespect meant to Cousins (or Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison) but there are reasons to believe this offense can be even more dangerous than Minnesota’s was.
Arguably the biggest hangup in installing this offense has been the COVID-19 pandemic that eliminated the offseason work. Stefanski and the rest of the staff did all they could to teach their players through virtual meetings but nothing replaces hands-on experience.
Thankfully, they were able to hold their training camp and the Browns had no shortage of stories during their practices. Most of those revolve around injuries but here we will look at the positive side of things as we identify the three biggest pleasant surprises in Berea.