After visiting 12 training camps and digesting two weeks worth of preseason football, NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt published a piece on his top 11 training camp risers, which he defines as young (in terms of experience) players who stood out the most as making a leap in talent this year. Two members of the Browns made the list -- QB Brandon Weeden at No. 1 overall, and TE Jordan Cameron at No. 9 overall. Here's what he said about each player:
1) Brandon Weeden, QB, Cleveland Browns
After suffering through a bumpy rookie season in which he threw more interceptions (17) than touchdown passes (14), Weeden is working with two very good new coaches in head man Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner -- and the difference is like night and day. Retooling a quarterback is Turner's cup of tea, and it looks like he's done a great job with Weeden's footwork. The Browns are saddled with average receivers, but Weeden has worked well with his tight ends and running backs, showing great arm strength and ball-handling skills.
9) Jordan Cameron, TE, Cleveland Browns
Norv Turner loves to use tight ends as receivers, and this bodes well for Cameron, a speedy third-year man with good hands who promises to be a tough matchup. He looked great against the Detroit Lions last Thursday, notching three catches for 42 yards and two scores.
More positive press from NFL.com? Sure, why not. Maybe some of Michael Lombardi's past affiliations are paying off?