Browns WR Ricardo Louis playing with confidence, and his coaches see it – Cleveland Browns News

Browns WR Ricardo Louis playing with confidence, and his coaches see it – Cleveland Browns News

Physically, little has changed. Ricardo Louis was one of the Browns’ most athletically gifted players in 2016 and he remains that way entering the 2017 season.

But now, as he displayed throughout the Browns offseason program, the fourth-round wide receiver is moving with a purpose. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound pass-catcher is maximizing those abilities one year after the sometimes overwhelming transition to the NFL got the best of him at times.

“I’m just a lot more confident in knowing what I have and command of the offense,” Louis said. “I know the offense a lot more now than I did last year so once I hear the play and I know exactly what to do, I can play even faster because the DB doesn’t know what I am going to do, so they can’t stop me.”

With injuries limiting Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman throughout OTAs and minicamp, Louis had plenty of opportunities to impress against Cleveland’s top defensive backs. More often than not, Louis was split out as a member of the Browns’ first-team offense.

No matter the route or play, Louis showed a sense of comfort that wasn’t attainable as a relatively raw rookie. The former high school quarterback wasn’t an every-down receiver at Auburn and readily admits he’s still learning some of the finer points of the position. He caught 18 passes for 205 yards last season, the majority of which coming when he filled in for an injured Corey Coleman during the first half of the season.

That aspect of his development is ongoing, but it’s now accompanied with the valuable experience he gained last season.

“He has really improved,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said….

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