BEREA, Ohio--The AFC North blog continues its summer tour by visiting its third training camp in the division. After checking out the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, it's time to spend some quality time this week with the Cleveland Browns.
There are a lot of question marks surrounding this year's Browns, who are trying to climb out of the basement of the division. Here are five things I'll be looking for:
1. How is Jake Delhomme progressing?
Skinny: There are a lot of nervous Clevelanders when it comes to Delhomme. He's coming off the worst year of his career, and it will be interesting to see how sharp he looks in camp this week to provide clues of whether he can bounce back.
2. Will the receivers step up?
Skinny: Somebody has to catch Delhomme's passes, and the receivers expected to do so are mostly unproven. This group will have to grow up fast this summer to be productive. Otherwise, it could be a tough year offensively.
3. Can the Browns' defense lead?
Skinny: With so many questions on offense, Cleveland's defense is expected to be the strength of this team, particularly early in the season. The Browns spent a lot of resources and draft picks to add depth at linebacker (Scott Fujita, Chris Gocong) and the secondary (Sheldon Brown, T.J. Ward, Joe Haden). This unit needs to set the tone.
4. Will Joe Haden get up to speed?
Skinny: Haden, the No. 7 overall pick, looked unsure of himself in minicamp. But the Browns are expecting more reps to speed up Haden's learning curve to the point where he will play a solid role in the secondary this season.
5. What's next for Josh Cribbs?
Skinny: Coming off a new contract extension, the Browns appear interested in getting Cribbs involved in as many ways as possible. He's playing in the Wildcat, at receiver, and even played a little defense in last weekend's scrimmage. It will be interesting to see what the Browns' coaching staff has in store for Cribbs.