3 takeaways from start of Cleveland Browns mandatory minicamp

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May 25, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Demetric Felton (25) walks off the field during organized team activities at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns Takeaway No. 1: Demetric Felton is making a case at WR

It has been a fast offseason for Demetric Felton. He ended his rookie season on a bit of an upswing after an up and down first year in the NFL. He spent his rookie campaign as a jack of all trades and master of none.

Felton started the season as the team’s primary punt returner and pass-catching gadget running back, but after numerous muffed punts receded back to the bench. Then Felton showed glimpses of his playmaking ability in the season finale, scoring a touchdown in the process.

It appeared Felton had an overall skill set that the Browns could covet going forward, but then the NFL draft came. Cleveland selected Jerome Ford and then later inked D’ Ernest Johnson to an extension. In between those two moves came the statement, which was later walked back, that Felton would see work exclusively at running back. The road to making the 53-man roster appeared bleak for Felton.


However, Felton has been showing out so far during the mandatory minicamp from the wide receiver position. On day two at Tom Benson Stadium, Felton worked with the receivers and got two touchdowns during seven-on-sevens. The second of which, was a diving touchdown in the back of the endzone from Jacoby Brissett.

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If the second-year player continues his current trajectory, he could snag a roster spot as the fifth receiver. Felton would still need to provide value as a special teams player to remain in Cleveland, but his play in minicamp has definitely opened the door.