Burning questions as Browns kick off minicamp

They may or may not actually be answered this week

Daryl Ruiter
June 12, 2018 - 10:30 am
Browns quarterbacks Baker Mayfield (No. 6) and Tyrod Taylor (No. 5) throw during OTAs

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns are 3 days away from summer vacation, but first, there is work to do.

Here are some burning Browns questions that may, or may not, be answered over the next 3 days during minicamp.

Will Baker Mayfield remain the No. 2 quarterback and can he give Hue Jackson reason to re-think the plan? Tyrod Taylor was named the starter right after he was acquired from Buffalo, and Jackson remains consistent in maintaining that approach. Last week Mayfield took second-team reps after taking the third reps in the QB rotation during the first 2 weeks of OTAs. Jackson said not to read anything into it and this week should tells us is we should or shouldn’t.

Josh Gordon looks to be in incredible shape and well on his way to positioning himself to have a monster comeback season – a-la 2013. Jarvis Landry has not disappointed either, but who will Taylor’s third option be? Rookie Antonio Callaway has been hurt twice already – a toe injury and now a groin strain. All eyes are on Corey Coleman. The No. 15 pick in the 2016 Draft has struggled in his first 2 years – on and off the field. Coleman is healthy and opportunity knocks for him to prove he’s turned over a new leaf. Can he turn down the heat on the hot seat he’s probably entering training camp on with a strong week?

While we’ll be looking for a status update at left tackle, without pads, it’s hard to fathom any type of movement at the position. Shon Coleman will likely enter training camp as the leader in the clubhouse to replace Joe Thomas while Austin Corbett splits time at left tackle and left guard working with the twos and threes. Corbett could also get a look at center too. Right now, the 33rd overall pick is a man without a definitive position.

Where does Mychal Kendricks fit? Is he a starter or reserve? The addition of Kendricks last week adds depth and insurance but Kendricks not only has his eyes on a starting job but he’s set the Pro Bowl as his bar for success this year after signing a 1-year prover it deal. Hue Jackson said last week he’ll likely start off in the middle. Does he bump last year’s starter and Pro Bowl alternate Joe Schobert from the starting lineup? This will be one of many stories we’ll be watching this week as well as in training camp.

We’ve seen Gregg Williams mix and match personnel in the secondary during OTAs. Denzel Ward has looked impressive and more than worthy of the No. 4 selection, but he’ll need to maintain that same level of consistency this week that earned him a promotion las week to the ones. Briean Boddy-Calhoun, EJ Gaines and Travis Carrie are in the running for the other starting corner job as well as the nickel. With Damarious Randall taking over at free safety, will Jabrill Peppers become the force we saw at Michigan?

The Browns just want to get through these 3 days and head off to summer vacation with no further injuries. Cornerback Howard Wilson (knee), rookie receiver Antonio Callaway (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins (knee), defensive end Chad Thomas (groin) and Emmanuel Ogbah (foot) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (ankle) worked on the side with trainers last week. Have any of them made enough progress to practice this week?