Ray Horton on Jabaal Sheard: “One of the surprises of OTAs”

On Tuesday, Cleveland defensive coordinator Ray Horton called Jabaal Sheard “one of the surprises of OTAs and mini-camp”.

“Fantastic.” said Horton of Sheard’s move to OLB from DE. “He was one of the surprises of OTAs and mini-camp for me.  He transitioned from left to right, and now we’re playing him on both sides and everybody’s worried about well, can he stand up, can he do this and do that. I think when you have good athletes they can do a lot and they just say coach use me, put me where you want to and he has really done a good job of absorbing the defense playing both sides and he’s going to be a versatile player where I can use him and move him around, and use his skill to the best of his ability.”

Horton also said he was pleasantly surprised with ILB Craig Robertson. Horton hadn’t seen or heard much about Robertson before coming to Cleveland. He knows about him now. “He was what I envisioned, what I hoped he would be. He’s a young athletic backer that is savvy. When I came in I wasn’t sure what his instincts were as far as picking up a new defense. He’s been everything I want. That’s my little ace in the hole I hope.”

The new Browns defensive coach also addressed questions about rookie Barkevious Mingo’s weight and transition. He confirmed what Mingo said yesterday that the staff is fine with where Mingo is weight wise, and that the sixth overall pick in the draft is mentally right where he should be as a rookie heading into camp.

Cleveland opens training camp on Thursday with practice open to the public from 4:00 to 6:30.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Nice to hear but then again it’s July and you tend to hear alot at this time of the season.

  • JHop

    What I’m really waiting for is the sound bite of “Who? We don’t have a player on this team by that name. Ohhh yeah, that guy. Yeah, he sucks. A lot.”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You know the fifth season, Browns season is drawing closer. All the signs are present. I hope for a brighter more orangish season as opposed to another brown floater.

    Hope for the best, expect the worst – 13 years strong!

  • Harv 21

    nice to hear. Of course, this comment may be directed at Mingo. That college rep ain’t good here, young fella.

  • Kildawg

    *cough* Owen Marecic *cough*

  • mgbode

    he was a surprise of OTA’s too.

    Norv overheard saying “wait, we still have that guy on the team?”

    (it’s going to be awesome if Marecic makes an unbelievable jump and is even just below average this year)