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Tennessee Volunteer graduate Cedric Tillman makes a strong start to the season with the Browns
Tennessee Volunteer graduate Cedric Tillman makes a strong start to the season with the Browns

Former Tennessee Volunteer Cedric Tillman is off to a strong start this offseason with the Cleveland Browns.

One of Tennessee’s 2022 offensive stars, Cedric Tillman, is making waves with the Cleveland Browns this offseason. There was a window of opportunity for wide receivers during OTAs that some notable names didn’t attend, and it sounds like Tillman took advantage of it.

The Browns drafted Tillman in the 3rd round, 74th overall, in 2023. In his rookie season, Tillman caught 21 passes for 224 yards and zero touchdowns. He is looking to improve on his rookie season this year with the organization and it seems like he is off to a good start.

ESPN published an article with a list of the most surprising players for each organization during OTAs and Tillman was the player named for the Browns. Here’s what they wrote about the former Volunteer:

“The Browns completed most of their offseason workout program without their top receivers. Amari Cooper was out of the facility because of an apparent contract dispute and Jerry Jeudy was sidelined with an injury. Their absences left opportunities for many young pass receivers, and coaches praised the growth and commitment of Tillman, a 2023 third-round pick. Cleveland saw attention in the weight room and meetings that carried over to the field while building a trusting bond with quarterback Deshaun Watson. With Cooper, Jeudy and Elijah Moore in the receiver mix, Tillman has faced stiff competition for targets, but he’s off to a strong start.— Daniel Oyefusi”

As mentioned in the article, Tillman is competing with a list of names for more touches in the Browns’ wide receiver room, but standing out in OTAs is a really good start. Tillman was a major factor for the Volunteers in the 2022 season, and if he can do even a part of that for the Browns this year, 2024 will be a successful season for him.

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By Liam