Browns TE Marcus Santos-Silva learning “whole new language” after switching from basketball

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The break between the end of the Browns’ offseason program and the start of training camp is a working one for tight end Marcus Santos-Silva.

Santos-Silva signed with the Browns in May after playing college basketball at Texas Tech and VCU, so he’s making a bigger transition than most other rookies who have been playing football for years. Santos-Silva said he feels like he has “a whole new language” to learn and that he’s committing to getting the playbook down over the next few weeks.

He sees getting that facet of the game under control as a bigger challenge than what he’ll be asked to do physically at camp.

“I’m not really worried about the physicality part,” Santos-Silva said, via the team’s website. “I know I’m going to get hit, blocked and all that. I’m good with that. Once I get the hang of it, I’m going to get back to holding my ground out there.”

Santos-Silva said he’s spoken to Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox about trading basketball for football and that he’s watched a lot of tape of top tight ends in order to familiarize himself with the footwork and other techniques he’ll need to make the most of his chance in Cleveland.

5 responses to “Browns TE Marcus Santos-Silva learning “whole new language” after switching from basketball

  1. Yea the mental part shouldn’t be the challenge. Football isn’t rocket science or even computer science.

  2. Big trend of making basketball players tight ends around the league. It’s been successful in the past. One that should go the other way is Zion Williamson, who was inexplicably given a max contract after missing most of the games in hist first 2 years and didn’t play at all last year! He’s WAY too big to run up and down the court and should be a left tackle in the NFL instead!

  3. Think of the most physical, the most brutal and violent basketball games you’ve ever seen, ie the Detroit Pistons v NY Knicks circa 1990. Those games were picnics compared to average NFL games today. It’s not just the physicality of a football game, it’s trying to recover week after week.

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