A Cleveland native, Youngstown State running back Jamaine Cook had dreams the Browns would sign him, but it has less to do with being a fan and more to do with the situation.
“New coaches and new organization. Everything is new. I feel like everyone is going to have to prove themselves, kind of like the situation I dealt with when Coach Wolford came here,” said Jamaine Cook.
Cook believes he needs to improve on pass protection, and when the ball is in his hands, he wants to do a better job of finishing the play.
“Making that one guy miss and taking it to the house. If I could do that, I think that will make me an elite player,” Cook stated.
Lamar Mady is as strong a lineman prospect as there is, and at 6’2, 320 pounds he has the size to make the cut with the Raiders, but it’s another quality that could give him an edge.
“For as big as I am, I still have good athleticism. I will be able to keep that pocket nice and clear for the quarterback,” Mady said.
The third Penguin who signed a free agent contract is tight end Will Shaw. He’s headed to Pittsburgh for a shot with the Black and Gold. Each is excited to chase down an NFL dream and realize the impact this can have for the YSU program.
“I just feel like the more guys we can get out there, the more scouts we bring in here to pave the way for younger guys to make it to the NFL,” stated Cook.
A chance to make a first impression comes in just a few weeks when NFL teams hold rookie mini camp.