Last night, we blogged about the Browns trying out DB LeRoy Kelly, the son of Hall of Fame running back Leroy Kelly.
The Browns are in "look and see" mode with some young players. Today, we can add to the list of tryouts RB Chris Jennings, an Arizona Wildcat running back who was passed over in the draft this year. According to his hometown newspaper, Jennings received a call from the Browns while he was on his way to the airport to report to the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Those plans were put on hold for a shot at the NFL with the Browns. According to the report, Jennings' hopes are high, as the Browns tryout follows pre-draft interest in the running back. "That’s the team,” Jennings told the Ashland (Kentucky) Daily Independent, “It’s meant to be. Even after the draft, (when I wasn’t taken), I was saying that.”
Jennings wasn't ranked in the Scout.com list of top running backs this year, likely because he struggled to hold onto his starting job amidst offensive chaos in Arizona last season. The Wildcats struggled with their running game most of the season, as Arizona tried a wide-open offensive scheme that put the ball in the air fifty times or more a game. Arizona's offensive line hasn't been a model unit in recent years.
Jennings has bulked up to 225 pounds and has continued his training, which has led to a good showing at professional combines. And today, out of the prying eyes of the media, NFL opportunity knocks.