Jordan Cameron and Kellen Davis are running as the first-team tight ends at Browns Organized Team Activities.
In Rob Chudzinski's Panthers offense, Ben Hartsock and Greg Olsen were the first-team tight ends. Hartsock was the blocker, a role now to be played by Davis. Olsen (now Cameron) was the pass catcher and finished last season as the No. 6 overall fantasy tight end. Cameron's breakout candidacy remains on schedule.
Josh Gordon is working on his route running.
Gordon was one of the NFL's rawest rookies last year, but as the season went on he was arguably the most improved first-year player from beginning to end. CEO Joe Banner called Gordon out in March, saying the 22-year-old still needs to improve and keep working. Gordon appears to be doing that. He has a real chance to be a WR2 this season in coach Rob Chudzinski's vertical attack.
Browns GM and former NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi called Brian Hoyer a "starter" in December 2011.
The Browns signed Hoyer to a two-year deal on Thursday. "I think he's got all the traits you need, in terms of leadership, toughness, the arm strength, the ability to move the team," Lombardi gushed at his old job. Lombardi made a habit of pumping up Patriots during his time at the league's in-house network, but he's put his money where his mouth is with Hoyer. We still don't think Hoyer ' who's been waived three times in nine months ' will be more than the No. 3 quarterback in Cleveland.
Browns signed QB Brian Hoyer, formerly of the Cardinals, to a two-year contract.
The 27-year-old career backup was cut by Arizona after nobody wanted to trade for Hoyer and his $2.023 million salary. Hoyer has one career start, a loss to the 49ers in Week 17 last season. He boasts a 59.4 career completion percentage on 96 attempts and a 2:3 TD-to-INT ratio. The Browns were the most connected team to Hoyer because new GM Mike Lombardi openly gushed about him on NFL Network, but he's not a realistic option to be anything more than the No. 3 quarterback behind Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell.
Browns DC Ray Horton says CB Buster Skrine has been getting some looks at safety.
"[Skrine] is one of those hybrid players that is playing corner, nickel, penny, safety," Horton said. "He's a dynamic player that can play more than one position. If you can do that in the Cleveland Browns defense it opens up a versatile attack." The Browns have a gaping hole at free safety, and they're trying anyone and everyone at the position to find the best fit.
Browns re-signed RB Brandon Jackson to a one-year contract.
Jackson, 27, signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Browns prior to 2011, but he only appeared in two games for the team. He battled turf toe in his first season and was a healthy scratch for much of 2012. Jackson will compete with Montario Hardesty, Dion Lewis, and Chris Ogbonnaya for backup duties.
The Browns are giving second-year DB Johnson Bademosi a look at safety.
Bademosi made the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford last season, and he played 24 snaps on defense. Many thought he lacked the cover skills to survive on the outside, and the Browns have a hole at free safety. Bademosi ran a 4.39 forty and posted a 40" vertical at the Cardinal's Pro Day.