Jun 5, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cooper (88) makes a catch during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
After Friday, the Cleveland Browns will not get together again as a team until late July when training camp begins. That won't stop Brandon Weeden and Josh Cooper from continuing to build their chemistry together, though. According to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, the two will be working together in Oklahoma during Summer Break:
How big an advantage is it to undrafted wideout Josh Cooper that he will spend summer vacation in Oklahoma playing catch with Weeden?
Weeden needs to avoid any shows favoritism to Cooper to keep up his developing relationships with the other guys. On the other hand, Weeden and Cooper work so well together that it would be foolish for them to back off much of what they have done as good pals the last few years. Some people play catch with a football on the beach. It’s a different kind of fun for the buddies.
As you might have read in the Daily Dawg Chow this morning on Dawgs By Nature, Tom Reed of the Plain Dealer posted some quotes from Cooper in which he revealed that once training camp begins, he will be temporarily staying with Weeden and his wife.
The arrangement between old Oklahoma State teammates is temporary, but Cooper admits to feeling a bit like the Owen Wilson character in "You, Me and Dupree."
"I'm definitely the Dupree in the equation," Cooper said in reference to lodging with a married couple. The undrafted free agent isn't worried about crashing on somebody's basement futon. He's just trying to find a home on the Browns' roster.
Cooper has been praised for his work in OTA's and minicamp, and I think fans have formed a very positive perception of him due to his time spent with Weeden in college. Cooper says that he can't rely on his connection with Weeden to earn him a roster spot. While that may be true, it is largely the reason that he, as well as Brad Smelley, a blocking back who played with Trent Richardson in Alabama, were sought out by the Browns. It'll be interesting to see if how many reps Cooper receives with Weeden once training camp roles around; he could end up being stuck with the backup quarterbacks most of the time.