CLEVELAND, Ohio – In this week’s version of our Browns wallet, I answer questions about Kareem Hunt and more. Most of the questions were asked by our Football Insiders subscribers who send text messages with Brown’s messages, analysis and more to their phone every day. If you would like to try it free for two weeks, send us an SMS to 216-208-3965.
Hey Mary Kay: I am a big Browns fan as well as a Kareem Hunt fan. I was very excited when we signed him and expect big things from him this year. However, I am tired of his past, especially after the chaos with Josh Gordon that we have dealt with for years. Do you think he has his last chance with the Browns? If he screwed it up again, do you see the Browns or another team giving him a fourth and fifth chance? ̵
Hey Scott: I think Hunt knows that he has very little room for error. I also know that they have been extremely pleased with his behavior and progress since he stopped speeding in January. He was found with a small amount of marijuana in the car. I think it is particularly difficult for Hunt to stay on the streets here in Cleveland, where he is surrounded by some family members and friends who have had little influence.
But he’s working hard to get over that and be the citizen the Browns want. I think further indiscretions are dealt with on a case by case basis. If it’s a minor incident, it may not be a deal breaker. If he shows that he is on the right track in the next few months, the Browns will likely talk about an extension. If the Browns part with him, I can see another team give him a chance.
Hey Mary Kay: This week it was mentioned that fans are unlikely to be admitted to the training camp. What about you reporters? Any word on that? – Kevin, St. Louis
Hey Kevin: I think some reporters will be admitted to the camp, but the NFL and NFLPA are still working on these issues. Players can only have certain “levels” of people interacting with them, and it is not known how this affects reporters who watch the training. I am sure that some of the interviews will continue to be conducted virtually to minimize exposure. We all have to adapt to this new and challenging way of doing business. Let’s hope that everything will be normal again for everyone involved until the next season.
Hey Mary Kay: Will Baker Mayfield have another small-group throw session for Browns players, though the NFLPA advises against it? – 216
Hey, 216: I think Mayfield will meet with some of his teammates by July 24th and report to the camp. Hunt mentioned he was going to be part of it, and that was after NFLPA medical director Thom Mayer told players not to train together. Kevin Stefanski has announced that he will speak to the players and remind them to take medical advice and practice social distancing and other safety measures when they get together.
We know that Mayer’s warning didn’t stop Tom Brady from training with about a dozen of his new Bucs teammates at a high school in Tampa, although two players had already tested positive for Covid-19. If players from this session get infected with the virus last week, it may affect the decision of Browns players and others.
Hey Mary Kay: I enjoy your work and read almost everything you publish all year round. You were amazed at the defense’s response to the new Browns offensive. Do you think it would be a nuisance to plug the barrel in general and the barrel flash in particular? Go Browns! – Christopher Wolfe, Oxford, Ohio
Hey Christopher: Thanks for reading and watching! I think excellent run defense, including blitzing, helps slow these productive, playful West Coast programs, but the nice thing about the offensive is that there is always an option when the defense takes something away.
A running game can easily turn into a mirrored passing game and vice versa. It’s the offense that keeps happening because defenders bite while fleeing, and it opens up so many things to skill players. I’m sure defensive coaches will find ways to defend the system operated by Stefanski, Gary Kubiak and Kyle Shanahan, but with enough guns and an accurate quarterback, it’s just hard to stop.
Hey Mary Kay: Will Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry play in pre-season games this year? – Dave, Bay Village, Ohio
Hey Dave: I strongly doubt it. First, there may only be two pre-season games instead of four, and Stefanski needs to use these games to make roster decisions and to determine whether Alex Van Pelt should call the games. Second, Beckham basically said that after an ankle injury in Cleveland in 2017, he never wants to play in a pre-season game again. He said this was a cheap shot from Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Beckham suffered an ankle fracture at the end of the season that year that required surgery, which he attributes to the blow before the season. Landry will probably not be 100% ready until shortly before September. I think they’ll save him for the start in Baltimore.
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