CLEVELAND, Ohio – On this week’s Hey, Mary Kay! I answer questions about Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt and more.
Hi, Mary Kay: Will Odell Beckham Jr. and other injured players like Anthony Schwartz be ready for training camp? – Sean N., Chicago
Hi, Sean: Beckam is a freak of nature with the way he’s recovered from his torn ACL, and it sure looks like he could be ready for the start of training camp at the end of this month. But I think the Browns will be careful with him and the others in the opening weeks of camp, probably limiting him to 11-11 early on. Schwartz should be ready to train during camp, but the Browns will want to make sure his hamstrings are fully healed before letting him activate that world-class speed.
Other injured and rehab players include rookie linebacker Tony Fields (foot), Chris Hubbard (knee surgery), Grant Delpit (Achilles surgery) and Greedy Williams (shoulder). The Browns will be smart with all of them. They also need to factor in the extra play this year and that the week off isn’t until week 13 in December. It’s a marathon just to get the pass and then the Browns are hoping to make more playoff games.
Hi, Mary Kay: Of all the sophomores, which player do you think can make the biggest jump this season? I really liked Curtis Weaver from Boise State. Do you think it can be a rough diamond? Thanks for all your hard work! #greatnessearned – Jeff Lerner, Avon
Hi, Jeff: Thank you! Weaver is an intriguing prospect as an on-board rusher, but it might be difficult for him to step onto the pitch. He has four ends in front of him: Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, Takk McKinley and Porter Gustin. A number of second-year players could emerge, but I’ll say Grant Delpit since he could be counted on a lot this season. If he’s in good health, he’ll be a key part of the safety rotation and may start ahead of Ronnie Harrison at some point. I’m also expecting a big jump from Donovan Peoples-Jones due to his promising rookie year.
Hi, Mary Kay: Last year it looked like Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt could each reach 1,000 rushing yards. Do you think they have a better shot this year (if they are healthy)? – David McClain, Bowling Green
Hi, David: I do, in part because there are 17 games for the first time. Also, with the week off not arriving until week 13, I think Kevin Stefanski will pace Chubb a bit more to ensure he can potentially skip 24 games (including preseason and playoffs) in good health. This will create more chances for Hunt, who finished with 841 yards last season. But the Browns will also play more three- and four-receiver sets – they have the manpower to do it. I also doubt they’ll run the ball as much as they did at the start of last season if their offense buzzes from the jump.
Hi, Mary Kay: Wyatt Teller will be a free agent after the season. Could the Browns get a first round or better in a trade before the start of the season? – @IamDougFuller
Hi Doug: I think the Browns would like to keep the line intact and build on the success they enjoyed offensively last season. I think they’ll try to extend Teller’s contract, and if they can’t come to an agreement, he’ll test the waters after the season. He’s just finished a great season, but a first-round pick could be more than a team would want to give up, especially for a player in the final year of his contract. I expect him to be back in his right guard place, and maybe for years to come.
Hi, Mary Kay: Will Greg Newsome and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah start right away? – Ben Jones, Macon, Georgia.
Hi, Ben: Both had excellent springs, but it is not a given. If Greedy Williams is healthy during camp, he will pressure Newsome for the job. Owusu-Koramoah quickly followed the learning curve during the offseason, but the Browns don’t want to rush it. If he continues at the same pace during camp, he will have the opportunity to prove he’s ready to face the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce on opening day. But Mack Wilson, who tied himself to the hip of center linebacker Anthony Walker to learn all he can, will get reps, as will Jacob Phillips and others. JOK will have to beat the veterans to start right away.
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