The Browns are seven days away from their first preseason game at home against the Washington Redskins. The team is looking for building blocks after an awful 3-13 season in 2015, and one area they have to be better in general is that of offense.
The team went out and brought in QB Robert Griffin III, and with a young group of wide outs they are hoping to finally strike fear in opposing defenses.
Pep Hamilton, who is an assistant head coach as well as offensive coordinator and QB coach said in Berea today he feels the offensive unit is taking a big stride week by week.
“We’ve made a ton of progress over the course of the past week and a half or so. We’ve seen a lot of positive things,” Hamilton said.
“The guys are working hard. We feel good about where we are as far as our communication up front, guys being able to make plays on the perimeter, how our running backs are running the football. We’re definitely trending in the right direction.”
Who will run the ball on a consistent basis is another question the Browns must answer. The club appears to be on the page of going again with Isaiah Crowell and second-year back Duke Johnson Jr., two players who are looking to be better in 2016.
Hamilton said Thursday it’s a position that both are improving, and both are looking to be better day by day to get more playing time.
“They’re competing with each other each day in practice. They’ve both done a ton of good things,” Hamilton said.
“We’ve actually had some live periods in practice so you’ve had a chance to see them run in a – I don’t want to say game-like environment – but you’ve seen some real live football and they’ve done well. Both guys are players and backs that can play without the ball, and they have the ability to score the ball as well. They’ve been positive.”
As for RGIII and Josh McCown, last year’s opening day starter at QB, coach Hue Jackson has yet to name one as the ‘official’ starter for opening day, but it appears more than ever it’s Griffin’s job to lose.
Hamilton seemed to echo those feelings at training camp Thursday.
“He has more of a command of our offense. He’s able to manage the all checks and all the things that we ask him to do at the line of scrimmage,” Hamilton said.
Don’t forget to grab a promotional code and get in on all the action for the Browns preseason opener next week as they host the Washington Redskins. Play the odds all season long and look for bigger and better things from the Browns new look offense!