By: Will Burge
One handed with the ones – Josh Gordon continued his assault on the wide receiver depth chart today. The team focused on red zone and fade routes and this is where Gordon can be most deadly. During receiver drills he hauled in a one handed circus catch that would have landed him on “Sportscenter Top 10.”
During the 11 on 11 drills, Gordon was very impressive again using his body and positioning to haul in a multitude of catches. This was by far the best day of camp for the offense to this point.
Two rookies, one room – Josh Gordon and Travis Benjamin are roommates during training camp and making plays must be contagious. Benjamin had been having a solid training camp thus far but he took it to another level today.
He made multiple catches in traffic and caught a back shoulder throw from Brandon Weeden in the end zone with a defensive back draped all over him. He dropped quite a few passes in OTAs and mini-camp but has really improved through the first week of training camp.
Old reliable – I have not written much about Trent Richardson through camp thus far because he has been stellar every day. It’s tough to find a moment that stands out when every time he touches the ball you think, “Damn, I can’t wait to see him in a real game.”
The speed, toughness, and agility he brings to the football field is almost amazing and I have a feeling he could be the type of player people remember in Cleveland for a long time. That being said, the Browns will need to figure out which running back can spell Richardson and take some of the load off his plate. At this moment Montario Hardesty is winning that battle over Brandon Jackson.
From two pointers to seven – Jordan Cameron, who is a converted basketball player and had his first year at tight end in 2011, has been the training camp MVP thus far. Evan Moore, who received a contract extension before last season, has not participated in camp yet this season because of an injury and Cameron has taken full advantage.
Cameron had four touchdown grabs today in red zone drills and seems to have a great rhythm with Brandon Weeden. He is tall, fast, and athletic but it will come down to the other facets of the game. Can he block? Can he play special teams? Those answers will determine whether or not he receives playing time or sits back on the bench.
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