BEREA, Ohio – Doodles from my first day of training camp into my Browns notebook:
1. It feels like Brown's fans have been waiting for this day for decades … and that's because it's the truth. Every first day of the training camp has a certain sense of emotional sunshine. However, it does not take long for the storm clouds of doubt to emerge.
. 2 Not this year. The fans screamed as Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield appeared on the practice field. Then the two players gave the fans something to cheer. Beckham makes it ridiculously easy to play receivers. He made a jump start near the sidelines and later a sensational diving. A third pass was thrown about 5 cm off the ground and he apparently caught it without effort.
. 3 Beckham is obviously in good shape. For all his fame, Odell Beckham is all about … he's an elite recipient. And it's clear that Mayfield and Beckham developed chemistry when they worked together in Los Angeles in the summer. They do not see games where the ball went in one direction and Beckham in the other direction.
. 4 Then there's Jarvis Landry, who has done some short runs and made knee-high catches for the first runs. The Landry / Beckham combination will be a lot of fun. As Mayfield said, "You just do it."
. 5 It's hard not to stare at Beckham in the field, but there's so much more to see. With Landry on the right side of the slot and Beckham on the left, you can imagine the defensive coordinators still fighting against them at night.
. 6 This is especially true because the Browns Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson have in the background. Chubb caught a few short passes and turned them into long wins. Johnson looked focused. Both types are also effectively in possession of the ball.
. 7 If the Browns used a third receiver with Landry and Beckham, it was usually Rashard Higgins. He and tight end David Njoku should have chances to do great things. You can not cover everyone.
. 8 What also impressed was the speed on the line of defense. As the training progressed, the onslaught grew stronger. Mayfield had less time to throw. Remember that the players were not fully occupied. This means that an asterisk is displayed next to these quick reviews. But speed is speed, and you can see how the Browns have improved it.
. 9 Defensive end Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon moved to different positions on the line. Garrett wanted to do this last season, but former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams kept Garrett from racing off the same ground on the line.
. 11 Mayfield had two passports – one from Garrett, the other from Ogunjobi. He also had to run the ball a few times because he was rinsed out of his pocket. The Browns wanted to improve the Pass Rush, and they seem to have done it.
12th The new defensive coordinator Steve Wilks usually played two linebackers, in contrast to the usual three in a 4-3 defense. Wilks likes to use a third fuse near the cable car, and that could be Jermaine Whitehead.
. 13 One way to improve tackling is to have better tacklers in the field. Whitehead could help defend the run. That would allow linebacker Joe Schobert to improve his strength-pass coverage. Veteran Morgan Burnett can also play this role as a stoppage.
fourteenth Coach Freddie Kitchens said he defended the defenders of Terrance Mitchell, T.J. Carrie and Greedy Williams. Mitchell and Carrie were usually with the starters, one of them playing on the other side of Denzel Ward.
15th Chef Williams: "He will not get the job, Mitchell and Carrie are not leaving."
16. Someone who was barely visible on the low table and impressed: Blake Jackson, a former QB on Division III's powerhouse, Mary Hardin-Baylor. He tries to win the Browns as a receiver, and has made some nice catches.