UDFA rookie Desmond Harrison named starting left tackle
The Browns have been graced with a series of sustained success at left tackle. Just six men -- Lou Groza, Dick Schafrath, Doug Dieken, Paul Farren, Tony Jones, and Joe Thomas -- were the primary starters for 58 of the team's first 68 seasons of play until Thomas' triceps tendon tore against the Titans last autumn.
GM John Dorsey willingly chances it on certain red-flag players he finds at a discount. This puts an onus on the coaching staff, the organization writ large, and most of all the player himself to develop that talent and avoid outside traps.
Harrison won't have to sweat his academic eligibility the Browns, but he does enter the league in Stage One of the substance abuse program, subject to random testing.
At the outset of training camp, OL coach Bob Wylie called moving Pro Bowl left guard…
Two towering eyefulls of Browns poems on this sultry summer Sunday
josh is back
man needs some jack
his position's hot
X marks the spot
Soak for a sec, then sip
Juice can drop the dagger
some talent to flaunt
but we call the mascot Swagger
It looks like the Browns organization is learning from past mistakes —which is a relief. Baker Mayfield was impressive in his NFL preseason debut. On just 22 touches, he threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns, going 11 for 20. But according to Ken Zampese, the Browns QB Coach, Tyrod Taylor is still their guy this season. In fact, they don’t plan on starting the No. 1 draft pick at any point during the 2018 regular season. We should, however, see plenty of Baker Mayfield in the Browns week 2 preseason game.
A developmental year. In my humble opinion, this is a fantastic idea. Let Mayfield watch, learn, practice, and mature before throwing him to the proverbial wolves. Tyrod Taylor is in his prime. He threw for 2,800 yards last season with 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He is more than capable of leading the Browns this season while the future franchise man gets his feet underneath him.
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