Q: Was Desmond Harrison terminated by his own phone call missing a plane? Or was Des terminated after landing in Cleveland? Des was also labeled as “ill” when not playing, or was it in the dawghouse not playing? The Des news now is very disappointing.
— Kenny Douglas
A: Harrison, who started the first eight games last season at left tackle, had a serious illness when he lost his starting job to Greg Robinson. By the time he had recovered, Robinson was playing well — and not getting pushed back like Harrison had been — and the line was performing at a much higher level than in the first half of the season.
As for being cut by the Browns, I was told Harrison arrived in Cleveland late for mandatory minicamp, then was waived.
Most importantly, the recent news that Harrison was charged with assault by strangulation on a female — he turned himself in Friday — was deeply troubling. It also reaffirmed the character concerns that caused Harrison to go undrafted, and that the Browns were fortunate to have waived him before the charges.
Q: In the beginning of the season last year I noticed Antonio Callaway’s speed was so evident but he would get hit and drop the ball. It was always something that made you wonder, is this guy the real deal. By the end of the year, I could see Callaway concentrating hard on each catch. I wonder if you would consider as an article reviewing Callaway’s work in the final game of the year against Baltimore and report on that. Big change from how he was flopping around at the beginning of the year. He and Baker Mayfield really meshed well together.
— Gregory Papcun
A: That’s an interesting idea and I’ll make sure to ask Callaway about the finale during training camp.
I can say this: I wrote about Callaway after minicamp in June. He discussed how he likes to be the underdog and believes he can have 10 touchdowns and 1,000 yards this season despite the presence of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in the huddle.
You’re certainly correct in noticing the improvement from Callaway by the end of his rookie year. He made the big splash in Week 2 against New Orleans with the late touchdown catch, then struggled vs. Oakland and was up and down for most of the year. The strong finale — four catches, 79 yards, TD — should serve him well in Year 2.
Q: Who would be your longest shot to have a legit chance to make the team out of training camp?
A: Great question. I’m going with kick returner/receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi. He never played at a higher level than junior college, didn’t play the last two seasons and had to sneak into a tryout just to get noticed by the Browns. I don’t think he’ll make the team because it’s tough to use a roster spot on an unproven returner, but I wouldn’t rule it out completely.
Undrafted rookie receiver Dorian Baker, who went to Cleveland Heights High School and the University of Kentucky, also makes my list of candidates. So does undrafted cornerback Jhavonte Dean, who was invited to rookie minicamp on a tryout after a career with the Miami Hurricanes and was quickly signed to the 90-man roster.