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Indianapolis Colts cornerback Rock Ya-Sin has impressed
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coaches with his playmaking skills.He passed another significant milestone Wednesday..In the first of two joint practices against Cleveland Cleveland Browns T-Shirts , Ya-Sin held his own against the Browns' receivers, and quarterback Baker Mayfield never even challenged the rookie in seven-on-seven or 11-on-11 drills."I felt like I competed well, felt like I worked hard," Ya-Sin said. "I definitely want to continue to get better, whether it's against a guy on our team or their team."Ya-Sin didn't go one-on-one with either of the Browns' projected starting receivers — Odell Beckham Jr. or Jarvis Landry, the talented college teammates who were reunited in a draft-week trade. Landry did limited work, none against Ya-Sin, and Beckham again sat out though he was dressed.Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said Beckham hasn't practiced recently because he "has a little something going on in there" and that he hopes the Browns top receiver returns "soon."It could happen Thursday when the Browns will help the Colts close out training camp on the Grand Park Sports Campus in suburban Indianapolis. The teams will square off for a third time in Saturday's preseason game, just a short drive away from Westfield, Indiana, where both bleacher sections were almost full and almost equally divided between Browns and Colts fans.Aside from one brief skirmish between Colts running back D'Onta Foreman and Browns cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, the first workout went pretty smoothly."We're not going to take anything from anybody," Kitchens said, explaining why he might not discipline any of his players for the dust-up.Indy's biggest concern continues to be Andrew Luck's lower left leg injury, which has kept their starting quarterback off the field for all but three practices since April. Luck did not speak with reporters Wednesday but did watch practice in street clothes with his ankle and lower calf areas appearing to be taped.Luck's return also remains unclear though a decision on his availability for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener could be made in less than two weeks."You have to be able to make a call and move from there whether we're full speed with Andrew after that third preseason game or https://www.brownsfanshop.com/hats , if at that point, we are going with Jacoby (Brissett)," coach Frank Reich said.But the joint practices are about more than known commodities.For instance, the Colts are eager to see how their second-round draft pick fares against new faces and crafty veterans."The experience that you get as a young rookie going against another skill set, the learning experience you get from knowing yourself and knowing another opponent and then what works for you and what didn't work is invaluable," defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus said. "We tell our players this all the time — it doesn't matter if it was a good experience or a bad experience, what matters is what you learned after the fact."Ya-Sin has proven himself a quick learner at every stop he's been lately.Since December 2017, the Football Championship Subdivision standout transferred to Temple for his final season, was chosen a captain, made scouts take notice at the Senior Bowl and started moving quickly up draft boards with workouts at the NFL's annual combine and Temple.The Colts thought highly enough of him to take him with their first draft pick in April, No. 34 overall.What they liked on tape was Ya-Sin's long arms, sturdy body and physical nature — a combination that allows him to play bigger than his listed size of 6-feet, 190 pounds.But what really sets him apart is his ability to make big plays. He's gotten his hands on the ball almost every day at camp until Wednesday when he never got a chance. And that might be the best compliment of all."It's kind of surreal, like a dream come true," Ya-Sin said Cleveland Browns Hoodie , referring to the opportunity to line up against some of the guys he's been watching on television for years. "I feel like I worked and created an environment where I could see myself learning." The Browns have lost five of seven games. After their latest loss, quarterback Baker Mayfield made some pointed public comments regarding mistakes that are causing too many penalties.“It’s just non-disciplined,” Mayfield told reporters regarding the rash of penalties, “guys not being focused on doing their job. It starts first and foremost with me, to be a leader every single down. Get our guys lined up, make sure that we’re set, we’re paying attention because if we can’t use cadence we’re hurting ourselves. Any time we try to use a double count, it seems like we’re false starting a little bit, but we’ll get the discipline part fixed, the accountability. Like I said, we’ve pointed out the problem, now we have to execute it on Sundays. Once again, I feel like we had a great week of practice, we just didn’t translate it.”It’s a fairly simple concept, and it’s unclear why it’s happening. As Mayfield said https://www.brownsfanshop.com/James-Burgess-Jersey , part of it falls to him. Part of it also falls to the coaching staff. Regardless, Mayfield has had enough of it.“Stuff that we’ve already pointed out the problem and haven’t fixed it? Yeah, it’s frustrating,” Mayfield said. “Very frustrating. I hate to keep saying it again, but everything is in front of us. But to get to where we want to go, we’ve got to take care of business one week at a time, and it starts tomorrow. It starts [with] preparation for the Broncos.So what needs to happen to erase the mistakes?“I just think everyone has to be singular focused on doing your job, not worrying about what’s going on on the outside,” Mayfield said. “We have to be willing to sacrifice the ultimate price to get to what we talked about preseason, our ultimate goals. We have to be able to sacrifice stuff each and every day. Time, focus. It’s going to be a long stretch, but our guys are capable of doing that, and so it’s my job to make sure we do that each and every day. Like I said earlier, it starts tomorrow.”Mayfield thinks that, ultimately Jim Brown Color Rush Jersey , the indiviuals need to commit to doing what needs to be done.“[W]e just need to be harder on ourselves,” Mayfield said. “The accountability thing is making sure everybody’s locked in each and every play. I can’t have eyes on everybody at every single time, neither can the coaches. It’s got to be within the position groups in making sure everybody’s in the right place at the right time.”Whether it’s Mayfield, the coaches, or the makeup of the individual players, something is wrong with a Browns teams that entered the year with unreasonably high expectations. These lingering mistakes show just how unreasonably high the expectations were — and how badly the Browns failed to get them under control.Ultimately, the Browns didn’t accidentally become one of the worst teams in football. While much progress has been made, years of dysfunction can’t quickly be wiped away, just because the team won some games it wasn’t expected to win after ownership fired coach Hue Jackson. The team still needs the right collection of players and coaches to become what it was presumed to be — and the more players they acquire with a mindset like Mayfield’s, the sooner they’ll get to where they’re trying to be.
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