Wise beyond his years
When Browns assistant coach Howard mentioned that Newsome was “wise beyond his years” I had that same thought from the day before when I heard Newsome interviewed by the local press at Browns training camp. Newsome is only 21 years old. He just had that birthday back in May, so he’s a very young player but very mature when you start listening to his responses.
When he was chatting to the press, he mentioned several things about learning from veterans like Jarvis Landry, Anthony Walker, and Troy Hill. He used the phrase “Iron sharpening iron” in training with these players.
You could simply hear in his tone both Newsome’s eagerness to learn but also how he is so humble in his approach. He was asked in the presser if he’d experienced humbling moments so far in training camp and he said:
"“Every single day I’m having a humbling moment…every single day I get beat sometimes, so definitely every moment is humbling for me.” — Newsome, via Tom Withers, AP"
That in a nutshell is why this student of the game is going to have a long and productive career with the Browns. He understands the concept of being comfortable in not only making mistakes but also admitting them to others. That’s a challenge for many grown adults.
One doesn’t always hear that type of sentiment from 21-year-olds. There have been numerous players who have come through those doors of that training facility of the Browns in Berea (i.e Johnny Manziel) who don’t comprehend words like “humble” and “mistake.”
So yes, it’s very refreshing to hear from rookies, like Newsome that they do make mistakes and that they understand that becoming a better person and athlete is about being humble, to begin with, and are confident enough in their own skin in sharing that publicly.