Anything positive said or written about the Cleveland Browns before the regular season is usually some mixture of simple hyperbole or fan insanity, but Andrew Hawkins' recent comments about fellow wide receiver Terrelle Pryor are worth discussing.
Pryor has been a bit of an anomaly since the Browns brought him to training camp last season as he continued his transition from quarterback to wide receiver. He pulled his hamstring during practice, greatly hampering his progress, though former offensive coordinator John DeFilippo couldn't stop raving about his skillset. Despite the backing of his playcaller, Pryor was cut just days before the Browns opener, told Mary Kay Cabot the Browns made a "mistake," only to be resigned by the team three months later.
Pryor's had the entire offseason, mini camp and OTAs with the Browns this season, and with a new head coach known for his creative looks on offense, Pryor could finally make some noise in 2016 after a 2015 campaign to forget. That's why when Hawkins, admist a string of tweets dolling out advice for wideouts, heaped high praise on Pyror's progress, it felt like a big deal.
Ok, so "mind blowing" might be a bit much, and it's not like Hawkins would have responded negatively, like "oh he's actually trash I don't know why he bothers." Still, Hawkins has been around a long time, and without the size of the average wide recevier, knows a little bit about working endlessly on his craft. Words won't matter if Pyror doesn't make the final roster or contribute during the regular season, but hey, it's a start.
Hawkins also gave three of the Browns rookie wideouts all fire emojis, so we're off to the races.