Mangini offers dim review of Haden

The leg injury to Browns CB Eric Wright may lead some to believe that rookie Joe Haden could crack the starting lineup in the team’s preseason opener on Saturday.

It would represent a golden opportunity for the seventh overall pick, who got all of the reps with the first team Tuesday following Wright’s injury, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Even so, Browns coach Eric Mangini wasn’t ready to anoint Haden during his session with reporters, offering a less-than-glowing assessment of the rookie’s progress.

“He’s made some good progress and he has worked at a couple of different spots,” Mangini said. “He has worked outside, he has worked at both sides left and right and he has also done some work inside. I think that there’s a lot of work to be done and one of the big components of that, again, is really understanding, not just the initial call, but all of the adjustments that go with it and where you fit on the adjustments.”

Mangini went on about what he believes needs to be improved, and later offered more on Haden’s lack of awareness, which he believes will come with time and experience.

“What I’m looking for is how well he has the big picture,” Mangini added. “How well he understands the assignments and the techniques.”

Unlike some rookies, there haven’t been a lot of positive reports surrounding Haden. NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi posted after minicamps last month that he heard from coaches around the league that Haden “has not been very impressive in camps and might not have enough speed to play corner.”

We’ll be waiting to hear if the reports on Haden improve during the preseason.

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