Wide receiver Ricardo Louis and his coaches on the Cleveland Browns see a big difference between last year’s rookie out of Auburn and the player who got a lot of reps with the first-team offense in the NFL team’s offseason program this year.
Cleveland wrapped up its offseason work with the last day of minicamp on Thursday, but Louis said he had plans to keep getting better during the summer break before training camp starts late next month.
Louis said he’s going to work with six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall — finally. Like Marshall, Louis is a former Florida high school star, except Louis was a quarterback.
“It’s a funny story,” Louis said during a minicamp press conference. “About a year and a half ago, I sent him a message on Instagram. I was looking for advice because moving to receiver was kind of tough. So I had to find somebody who could help me figure it out. So I hit him up, and actually last week he hit me back after a year and a half. He was like, ‘Sorry, I just seen it.’
“And that just goes to show me what kind of guy he is. You can tell that he’s very genuine. He’s a very good guy, to me, just based on what he did with that, hitting me back after a year and to say, ‘I would love to get together with you.’ He’s going to have his assistant call me and set up everything. So I think that by him doing that, he really wants me to succeed.”
So do the Browns.
Cleveland drafted four wide receivers last year. First-round pick Corey Coleman of Baylor caught 33 passes in 10 games, and fifth-round picks Jordan Payton of Oregon and Rashard Higgins of Colorado State combined to catch seven…
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