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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Browns were on their practice fields in Berea on Wednesday as they continue voluntary OTA workouts. Here are three quick thoughts about what happened:
1. One arm to rule them all
The Browns had a quarterback drafted in 2018 throwing passes on Wednesday, but it wasn’t Baker Mayfield. It was Kyle Lauletta, who was drafted 107 picks after Mayfield by the Giants three years ago, the seventh quarterback taken.
With Mayfield and Case Keenum having yet to show up at OTAs, the quarterback duties fell on Lauletta and only Lauletta on Wednesday. His career has mostly been spent on practice squads. He played 19 snaps Womens Alexander Hollins Jersey, over two games for the Giants in 2018 (0-for-5 passing, one interception) and has also spent time with the Eagles and Falcons.
The Browns signed him to their practice squad in October.
It isn’t just that Lauletta is a longshot to make the team. It’s a longshot that Kevin Stefanski will even keep three quarterbacks on the active roster. He didn’t do it last year, opting for only Mayfield and Keenum.
A spot back on the practice squad figures to be Lauletta’s best case for sticking around. For now, he has the coaching staff all to himself.
2. Another day, another position group
Demetric Felton has a background as both a receiver and running back in college at UCLA. While Stefanski has said Felton will start as a running back, Game Alexander Hollins Jersey, the rookie was working out with the team’s wide receivers on Wednesday.
With JoJo Natson and Anthony Schwartz both sitting out drills, Felton joined Ja’Marcus Bradley and Alexander Hollins as the only available receivers. While Bradley and Hollins don’t provide the most experienced competition (they have eight career games and seven catches between them), Felton stood out during drills.
It’s easy to see why Felton chose to focus on wide receiver drills at the Senior Bowl. His quickness and fluidity running routes was evident. One of the highlights of the Browns’ 2019 training camp was watching Kareem Hunt dominate linebackers and safeties in one-on-one pass-catching drills. Felton has the ability to put on the same kind of show.
3. The linebacker battle has begun
The Browns signed Anthony Walker Jr. in free agency then drafted Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Tony Fields II to create a crowded depth chart. On Wednesday, most of the top candidates for key roles were on the practice field.
Fields watched while recovering from a foot injury, but Walker, Owusu-Koramoah, Mack Wilson and Jacob Phillips participated. Only Malcolm Smith and Sione Takitaki was missing. Walker, Phillips and Wilson were often on the field together Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, during full-team drills, which amounted to walk-throughs.
We probably won’t know how reps and combinations will look at linebacker until the Browns are able to have a full team practice. Only 55 of the team’s 90 players were at Wednesday’s workout.