Browns minicamp underway

There’s nothing like football in June. With the Cavaliers’ season complete and the Indians in a tailspin, grabbing the headlines this weekend are the Cleveland Browns, who are in the midst of their three-day team minicamp in Berea. The Browns have added some key pieces to the puzzle this off-season through free agency and the draft and are looking forward to building on last year’s performance. Head coach Romeo Crennel is entering his second season with the team and is looking to transform the Browns into a legitimate winner. Although the team will be in shorts and no pads, Crennel will get a good look at his players in action on the field. Several position battles and individual players are worthy of keeping an eye on this weekend.

Kellen Winslow Jr. is garnering the most attention as he will be practicing for the first time in nearly two years. He has endured vigorous rehabilitation the past year as he has worked to come back from his 2005 motorcycle accident. Winslow declares himself about 90 percent healthy and is participating in every drill on the field. He has shown tremendous dedication off the field as well, spending countless hours with teammates Charlie Frye and Braylon Edwards in the hopes of building the chemistry needed to succeed. While everything seems all right now, the real test for K2 will come in training camp when he puts the pads on and gets hit for the first time. But for the time being, Kellen has shown the characteristic of a true professional and has received nothing but praise from his teammates.

Quarterback Charlie Frye said he had no interaction with Winslow last year, but since bonding with him in the off-season he views him as “a competitor, and that’s what I am and I think that’s why we get along so well.”

“All I know is Kellen’s a great guy,” said Frye. “Everybody on the team likes him and he’s going to work hard and do whatever he can to help the Browns win.”

As far as Charlie Frye goes, he’s the man now that Dilfer left via trade to San Francisco. Frye will be behind center when the season begins and has put in the work in the off-season to handle the grind of a 16-game NFL season by gaining 15 pounds of muscle and working out with strength and conditioning coach John Lott since January.

Some of the key position battles include the third wide receiver spot and middle linebacker. With Braylon Edwards out due to injury, Joe Jurevicius and Dennis Northcutt hold the top two spots but the third receiver is up for grabs. Frisman Jackson, Joshua Cribbs, Brandon Rideau, and rookie Travis Wilson will compete for the third spot. At middle linebacker, it will most likely be either rookie D-Qwell Jackson or Chaun Thompson to play next to Andra Davis.

Football season is officially underway. The season opener cannot come soon enough.

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