We have heard some glowing reviews from the local media about the Cleveland Browns so far, but sometimes it's nice to hear an outsider's perspective. Jamison Hensley, who covers the teams in the AFC North for ESPN, was at the team's facility in Berea for the first two days of minicamp. What were his thoughts? Well, the wide receivers didn't have a very good reputation compared to other teams, and Hensley did not come away impressed:
The Browns' wide receiver position remains a glaring weakness. Too many dropped passes. More on this Thursday on the blog.
I'll be interested to see what he says on Thursday. Maybe he just picked a bad time to visit practice; Will Burge of ESPN Cleveland also noted that there were a lot of drops on Wednesday, via Twitter:
Lots of drops from the receivers today. Cameron, Benjamin, Massaquoi, Norwood, Little, and Richardson all w a drop # Browns
One player who Hensley came away impressed with? That would be safety Eric Hagg, who seems to be the media darling of the offseason so far:
Free safety Eric Hagg, a seventh-round pick from a year ago, looks like the most improved player on the team. He's running with the first team, and he isn't close to losing that job by the way he's playing. Hagg is constantly around the ball. What helped him the most is the Browns didn't place him on injured reserve after he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in August. That allowed him to contribute late in the season, which paved the way to an impressive offseason.
Check out the rest of Hensley's column for his thoughts on the team's fullback situation, his surprise that Sheldon Brown is still with the first-team defense, Ahtyba Rubin possibly being deemed overweight, how the quarterbacks looked, and more.