John Clayton's outlook on Browns
July, 30, 2013
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
My AFC North training camp tour will take me to Cleveland next week, but ESPN's John Clayton took a trip there this past weekend. He provided a thorough report of his visit, and here are some observations that stood out:
- Rookie third-round pick Leon McFadden has fallen off early in the battle for the starting cornerback job opposite Joe Haden. According to Clayton, McFadden "looked pretty raw in the early practice." As a result, free-agent pickup Chris Owens and even Buster Skrine have moved past McFadden on the depth chart.
- No one knows if quarterback Brandon Weeden will succeed, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner gives him his best shot at it for a couple of reasons, Clayton wrote. Turner will use more five- and seven-step drops that fit Weeden's background and should reduce the number of tipped passes at the line. He will also commit to the running game, which will set up the play-action passes.
- Clayton believes the Browns have improved, but it might only result in one or two more wins. As Clayton pointed out, the Browns' strength of schedule on the road is .539. Of the Browns' eight road games, six are against teams who didn't have losing records last season: Baltimore, Minnesota, Green Bay, Cincinnati, New England and Pittsburgh.