OBR Daily Blog 12/8

Browns get back to work to prepare for the lowly, yet fiesty Buffalo Bills

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(Subscriber) Xs & 0s: Nolan 1, Hillis 0: Peyton Hillis has been a force of nature for the Cleveland Browns since… http://bit.ly/hq6TUL

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These are links from the OBR Newswire for December 8th from 16:50 to 17:02:

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@scottiegraef FYI, going back 2 days, DK has expanded on the “By the Numbers” blog post for a front page article we’ll publish shortly.

Browns-Bills Injury Report, 12/8
Barry McBride on December 8th, 2010 AT 5:03 PM

Cleveland Browns 

Did Not Participate: Eric  Barton, Titus Brown, Scott Fujita, Colt McCoy, Evan Moore, Shaun Rogers. 

Limited Participation: Kenyon Coleman, Josh Cribbs, Floyd Womack, Eric Wright. 

Buffalo Bills

Did Not Participate: OT Demetrius Bell, LB Antonio Coleman, C Geoff Hangartner, FB Corey McIntyre, OG Kraig Urbik

Limited Participation: CB Terrence McGee, S Donte Whitner


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Berea Report: Hillis Nears Milestone: The bruising back is getting national attention and nearing an important m… http://bit.ly/eU05uP

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The Numbers Game: A closer inspection of some key stats proves that the Browns have made a remarkable turnaround. http://bit.ly/gaEGbF

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The Numbers Game: A closer inspection of some key stats proves that the Browns have made a remarkable turnaround. http://bit.ly/gaEGbF

Transcript: Browns Player Quotes, 12/8
Barry McBride on December 8th, 2010 AT 4:19 PM

QB Jake Delhomme

(On how playing in potentially adverse weather conditions changes his approach to games)- “I don’t have a lot of experience in it, but I think if you think about it too much, then you’re kind of doing yourself a disservice.  You’ve just got to go out and play and adjust accordingly.  We are going to practice in it, obviously, the next few days, but you have still got to go out and play.  It’s just like in rainy weather, it’s different and you have just got to go out and do it.”

(On if wind is worse than snow for him)- “The wind is somewhat difficult, sure, but the thing about it is for two quarters the wind should be positive for you.  That’s kind of how you have to play it sometimes, you have to play field position in games like that.  For two quarters when you have it at your back, that’s when you take your shots and you take your chances.”

(On Benjamin Watson saying that going back to the basics is the way to string wins together)- “It is.  This is a process.  In this organization, I think guys are growing, I think guys are learning.  Certainly, I came from a different place and he came from a different place, but we have a lot of young guys here and we are learning, we are growing together.  We are trying to establish an identity here.  The big thing about it is how you get it done, by any means necessary you have to get it done.  The last two weeks, we’ve found ways to get it done.  Certainly we ran the ball extremely well against Carolina.  Last week, Miami did a very good job of stopping the run, which we knew going in it was going to be difficult and other guys stepped up.  Ben was one that played a huge part in that and I think Robert Royal didn’t get enough credit for what he did being able to play so much the other day also.”

(On why Royal was so key in last Sunday’s win)- “Evan (Moore) was out of the game early on and Robert really hasn’t played a whole lot.  Just his demeanor, it’s about not only playing, but guys in the huddle and the communication because that’s so key, communicating out on the field.  He’s a veteran and there’s just a sense with him, a confidence, and he was able to see certain coverages and things to that nature to help other guys.  Even Ben, Ben would go out and play where Evan played on a few plays.  When we were trying to do no huddle, there wasn’t that point where, ‘What do I have on this?’  because of having played here for so long, it was, ‘Hey, I have this.’  I said, ‘Exactly.’  That’s something that professionals do and it’s great when you have guys like that.”

(On how important it is to be able to run the ball in bad weather)- “I think that’s got to be what teams in this region have to be built for.  I think this team toward the end of last year, obviously on their four game stretch, really ran the ball extremely well.  That’s what you have to gear up to and be able to run the football because it will get adverse.  There’s no doubt.  That’s what you have to do and certainly I think every game we go in to, you want to establish the run.  When you can do that effectively, it helps the passing game.  That’s key because one, you keep the ball away from the other team and you have a lot less bad things happen when you run the football.”

(On if he has a knack for winning)- “I don’t know.  You know what, we find ways to win.  The last two weeks, we’ve found ways to win.  What happened in Carolina was there, but that’s this game.  I know I keep saying it over and over again, but you either pass or fail on Sunday.  There’s no in between, you either pass or you fail.  We’ve been able to pass five games this year.  Nobody is satisfied with that, we are just working on this week to try to see if we can get a passing grade.”

(On if there are times where he feels he has the same abilities at quarterback as he did in 2003)- “I don’t know, that was a long time ago.  A totally different team.  I felt very good Sunday out on the football field.  I felt I saw the field pretty good, I felt very happy with the run checks that I had to do during the game.  Things like that, you feel in control and I knew all along to just take what they give you.  They’re not giving us a whole lot, we didn’t have a whole lot of chances to take shots.  They were playing close to the vest.  You prepare each week to go out and try to play your best, and that’s all we are trying to do.”

(On if seeing New England beat the New York Jets handily makes a statement about them since they were able to beat New England)- “I think it makes a statement about the NFL.  Earlier in the season, the Jets beat the Patriots pretty good.  Then you come back the other night and it was just a masterful performance on both sides of the ball.  One thing I’m proud of is this team competes.  That’s one thing you’re going to know about Cleveland, we are going to show up every Sunday and this team is going to compete.  That’s one thing you can hang your hat on is these guys will fight hard, compete and we are who we are and that’s at five wins right now.”

(On if he has to be more careful with the ball when the weather is bad)- “Yes and no.  Again, if you’re too careful and that one opportunity is there where, ‘Okay, here it is.  Here’s the time to make a play,’ and you miss out on it then it’s a missed opportunity.  Like I said, don’t try to be anybody you are not, run the offense, let things happen, get the ball in the playmakers hands and who knows.  If the weather is bad and if there’s a slip or a missed tackle, something short can turn into something big.”

(On Peyton Hillis’ versatility and him never leaving the field)- “I was so excited to get him here, I know that.  Seeing him and the professional he is, he does very well against linebackers and even against safeties.  He’s extremely fast and obviously catches the ball very well, but he’s very, very intelligent.  He’s extremely intelligent, we move him around a good bit. He has a very good sense of coverages.  That’s one thing that’s very impressive about him, he has a really good sense of coverages and making the right decisions.”

(On Hillis being a three down back)- “That’s one thing and I said that about Peyton the other day.  Peyton is a three down back.  You have guys who are first and second down backs, but Peyton is a three down back.  That makes those guys very effective.”

DB Joe Haden

(On if he is at a point where he thinks he can defend anyone)- “Honestly, I just feel real comfortable.  I’m really comfortable out there, I feel like the game is starting to finally slow down for me and I’m starting to get the grasp of it.  I understand what’s going on and I’m just having fun playing.  I feel real comfortable, real loose, like I’m having a good time.”

(On if he has always been an aggressive tackler)- “Yes, definitely.  The biggest thing was when I was in little league, I played linebacker.  Me and my brothers always liked contact, we were always in the backyard with our pads just hitting.  That’s one thing I’m not afraid of, I’m not afraid to throw a hit in there.  You have to really want to tackle to make the tackle, stay focused when you get to the position, make sure you wrap up and don’t be afraid.”

(On what he has seen from Ryan Fitzpatrick on film)- “He definitely does a good job of looking off of his receivers.  Some quarterbacks are locked in, but he does a really good job of not keeping his eyes on his receivers.  He definitely could throw the safety off.”

RB Peyton Hillis

(On Buffalo being a team that they should be able to have success running against)- “They’re a good defense.  They have got a couple of good pass rushers, big guys up front in the d-line.  It’s just going to be another game that we have to prepare for and go out and execute.  No matter what the conditions are, we have to go out there and do that.”

(On what it would mean to him to rush for more than 1,000 yards this season)- “It would be a dream come true, it’s always been one of my dreams to do something like that.  But since I’ve been on this team and I see the team unity and that we have a bunch of great guys, I know it would mean a lot to them too, especially our o-line.  It’s not for myself, it’s for them.”

P Reggie Hodges

(On the difficulty on getting a good hold down in adverse conditions)- “I don’t know how difficult it is, it takes a lot of work.  Me and Ryan (Pontbriand) spend a lot of time together getting our timing down and all of that kind of stuff, so I catch a lot of balls, which helps.”

(On potentially punting in very windy conditions in Buffalo Sunday)- “It will just be weather conditions, nothing that we don’t see here.  In the four games last season in that stretch we had, we had tough weather.  I played in Buffalo before when I was in New York, so I’ve seen the place and felt the wind.  It’s just going to be something to deal with and we will do our best to get through it.”

(On how he has so many punts inside the opponent’s 10 yard line)- “I wish I was good enough to say how, but I’m really just getting favorable bounces.  I wish there was more too it, but it’s just kind of bouncing right.”

TE Benjamin Watson

(On potentially playing in adverse conditions)- “You just never know what the conditions are going to be.  Each team has to play in it and you’ve got to be prepared for anything.  We’ll do whatever it takes to win.  I think that’s what we want to do as a team, that’s our goal and that’s what we’ve tried to improve on is just winning games.  If that means running the football a lot, if that means throwing the ball, whatever it takes to win, that’s what we want to do.”

(On if it feels good to be such a key part of the offense)- “It definitely feels great to have your number called and be a part of the offense.  That’s why you play offense, you want to get a chance to contribute in any way.  Whether it’s catching the ball or it’s blocking, there’s so much that goes into contributing to the offense.  It’s not just numbers.  There’s so much that goes into it, it takes 11 guys to do the right thing.  We’ve got some good guys on this team.  Obviously we can to improve in a lot of areas, but I think we are definitely heading in the right direction.”

(On if it is more impressive for him to have good numbers despite having three different quarterbacks this season)- “I’ve never been on a team that has gone through this many quarterbacks.  It’s definitely unique, I think, in that way.  I think it attributes to the coaching staff and to the guys that are playing offense and to the quarterbacks.  In this league, people get hurt and other guys have to be ready all of the time.  That’s just the nature of the game.  It’s definitely a unique situation.”

“Gift of Insights” from Ben Watston
Barry McBride on December 8th, 2010 AT 3:21 PM

Just got this email from something called “Insightful Player”. I don’t know anything about it, honestly, but am throwing it out there if anyone wants to check it out. 

Meanwhile, I’m starting up the Insightful Webdork organization. It will be a series of inspirational messages from tame webdorks all over the internets. For my message, I hope to illustrate how Ho-Hos and Beer can be eaten together as long as you’ve got bacon to clear your palette. 

Inspirational Stories of 30 NFL Good Guys Available via Free Download on www.InsightfulPlayer.com

Nashua, NH – December 8, 2010 – This holiday season, instead of giving a materialistic gift, why not join Insightful Player™ team members by giving the “Gift of Insights,” to help inspire the youth of America.  It’s available free and intended to be shared, linked to and printed out and given as gifts to the youth of America and adults too.

A lot of people are not able to buy their loved ones holiday gifts. A Gift of Insights will give them the ability to give 30 inspiring stories of hope.

The Insightful Player™ team members are individuals that believed in themselves and relentlessly pursued their most far-reaching dreams, which resulted in a career in the National Football League. The InsightfulPlayer.com website features the inspirational stories of 30 current and former NFL players, each of whom overcame great obstacles and hardships to become not just fine athletes, but through their values and their life experiences, became extraordinary individuals that serve as an inspiration to us all.

The Insightful Player ™ team members invite the public to download a free PDF copy of all of the Insightful Player™ stories in order that they may be given as a gift, especially to the impressionable youth of America that so desperately need real life role models.  Insightful Players include: Rashied Davis (Bears), Jerricho Cotchery (Jets), Aaron Kampman (Jaguars), Steve Grogan (Patriots), Roger Staubach (Cowboys), Devin McCourty (Patriots) and Jason McCourty (Titans), among others.

“By exposing these inspirational stories to as many recipients as possible, Insightful Player hopes to evoke the very best within all of us and encourage that we all take full responsibility for living an integrity-based life,” said Insightful Player ™ founder Chrissy Carew. “

“If we want to evolve, we absolutely must contribute to each other in unconventional and profound ways,” added Carew.  “Why not start now during this holiday season to ensure that the youth of America has a chance to learn that the players they admire for their skills on the field should really be admired more for the insightful way they live their lives.”

Insightful Player recognizes current and former NFL players who are persons of integrity, all who share the common goal of spreading their personal message of hope, for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, particularly children. 


Transcript: Eric Mangini, 12/8
Barry McBride on December 8th, 2010 AT 3:14 PM

(Opening statement)- “Good morning everybody.  Today the guys that will be out are (Eric) Barton and Titus (Brown).  Barton hasn’t been able to go on Wednesday the last couple of weeks but him, Titus and Scott (Fujita).  Offensively, it will be Colt (McCoy) and Evan Moore will be the group.  I’m pretty optimistic with all those guys, being able to do something this week with the exception of Scott.  I think he’s still going to be plugging along here.  As we know we’ve just got to see how the week unfolds.  Caught up on some of the Miami tape this morning.  The players of the game were Ben Watson on offense, Joe Haden on defense, Mike Adams on special teams and Travis Ivey was our practice player of the week.  You guys saw that Reggie (Hodges) got AFC Special Teams Player of the Week so all positive.  Went through the pluses and minuses from the game, the corrections of the game and made sure we covered that then moved right into Buffalo. 
“In looking at Buffalo, I’d say the thing that stands out is they’re resilient.  They play everybody tough, took Baltimore into overtime, took Pittsburgh into overtime had great chances in both those games, took Kansas City into overtime.  Put up a lot of points against Cincinnati and New England and they’re resilient, they fight through every game.  They’ve played one of the toughest schedules in the NFL.  I really like what they’ve done in terms of penalties, they’re fifth lowest which shows their discipline.  There are problems in all three phases like there is each week.  I think that defensively with Kyle Williams and Marcus Stroud, they’re two physical guys up front.  Chris Kelsay, seen him for a while, high motor, tough, causes problems in the running game and passing game.  With Paul Posluszny, he’s fourth in the NFL now in tackles and he makes plays all over the field.  Donte Whitner is a safety that I liked coming out of the draft and I’ve liked what he’s done in pro football.  He makes a ton of tackles and does a good job of not letting the runs extend for more than they should go for.  Offensively, I’ve really liked watching Ryan Fitzpatrick. I think that he’s made a ton of plays and his completion percentage, his quarterback rating, there’s been times where he hasn’t had a lot of time and he’s made something happen.  He hangs in the pocket and throws a very accurate ball.  He’s able to get out of the pocket and scramble or scramble to throw and he’s made plays there.  I really think he’s done an outstanding job and he runs the offense well.  I think when you look at a guy like Steve Johnson, there’s a guy who his first two seasons only had 12 catches now he’s at 61, he’s really emerged.  Lee Evans a guy that’s caused problems, caused problems year in and year out when I was in the AFC East and still causes problems.  With Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, these are both guys that can get the yards that are there but then they can generate yards either on the perimeter with cutback runs that some other guys can’t.  On special teams, Spiller’s done a nice job both on kickoff and punt return, and Leodis McKelvin is another guy I really liked in the draft, doing a good job at corner but also one of the things that was really attractive about him was the big plays that he can make and he almost went the distance against Pittsburgh in that first kickoff there in overtime and just got tripped up at the end and he’s made plays like that since he’s come in the league.” 
(On if there is any more clarity on Colt McCoy’s return)- “I think we have a shot for him practicing this week.  I think that’s a possibility, I wouldn’t say it’s a slam dunk but I would say it’s a possibility.”
(On if they are waiting for McCoy to be back to 100 percent to play him again)- “I think he did some good work here yesterday but that’s all very controlled, it’s with the trainers, things like that so it’s different when you’re calling the play, when you’re thinking about reading the coverage, thinking about all those things and just letting your body react.  That’s really the next step and that remains to be seen.”
(On if there were missed run opportunities in Miami or if they played really well)- “They’re stout, they’re stout up front.  Paul Soliai I think is an outstanding nose tackle.  He made plays in the middle of the defense and he made some chase plays that were really impressive.  Kendall Langford I think he’s an excellent left end where he plays quite a bit.  They move around some but he’s another guy that’s very strong, very good at controlling blocks.  Yeremiah Bell, outstanding run support.  I’d say as a defense, they have a real strength in not allowing very much run after the catch.  You saw Peyton (Hillis) a couple of times out in space whether it was on receptions or running the ball.  There’s very few missed tackles by that group and I think that’s one of the things that helps them a lot and there weren’t a lot of yards after catch or after contact.”
(On if the Bills play that way)- “I think there are some similarities in the sense that they got two big, physical guys in the middle.  You got high motor ends and Chris Kelsey, like I said, I’ve seen for a long time, he’s a good player.  Paul Posluszny, he’s sideline to sideline in terms of tackles and the volume of tackles that he makes are pretty extensive and Donte Whitner he’s a very effective box safety.  We’ve talked about box safeties a lot and I think that has a big affect on the running game.  We have to do a good job with being able to handle those guys, being able to anchor and sustain the blocks and then making sure you get a hat for a hat in the running game, you’ve got somebody on everybody each time.  When you have fast flow linebackers or guys as fluid as Polsluszny that sometimes gets harder.”
(On why Reggie Hodges is doing better this year than any other year in his career)- “I think it comes down to experience, comfort level.  He’s a very talented guy but like any job you go into as he’s gotten more time, as he’s gotten more comfortable in the position I think that’s been a big part of his improvement, that experience and his comfort level punting in games.  I remember when he worked out and I remember the first game he punted for us and all those things, there’s been a real journey for him and now there’s some stability in that position for him.”
(On if he was with the Jets when he worked Hodges out)- “Yes, that initial time, and then signing him and then his first opportunities there.  A lot of kickers  and punters will move around a little bit before they find a home and often times when they find a home and they get comfortable, you can really see their potential.”
(On the challenges in the next four games particularly for Hodges)- “It’s going to be different than Miami I can tell you that in terms of weather. It is a challenge.  It will be a challenge for him. It will be a challenge for Phil (Dawson) because the air temperature affects how far the ball goes, the wind will affect it and those are challenges.  The other thing is it’s challenging for the returners too trying to judge those balls and sometimes you get bounces you wouldn’t get under normal conditions because a guy would field it but it kind of cuts both ways there.”
(On if it is tougher than people realize to be the holder)- “Yes, that’s really tough because you’ve got to get the spot, you’ve got to catch the ball, you’ve got to place the ball, you’ve got to make sure the laces are away and they’re coming.  Especially, those edge guys you can see most PAT or field goal blocks, the edge guys are missing the ball by a split second.  If you can’t get it and set it quickly and do it effectively one, the kicks not going to be right because it’s not set correctly, and two, the pressure is going to come and cause some problems.”
(On their 6-3 game against Buffalo last year)- “Instant classic (joking).”
(On if any other punter has made as big an impact as Dave Zastudil did against Buffalo last year)- “I haven’t really looked at it like that Tony (Grossi), but it would be hard to just based on those numbers.  I don’t want to slight any past punters who’ve had outstanding games I think those numbers are about as good as it gets.”
(On if he thinks the team will benefit from the kind of conditions they could be playing in the next few weeks)- “I love this weather, this is exactly what you’d expect in Cleveland and the teams we’re going to play and the team’s ability to handle the weather conditions.  The extreme cold, the wind, the snow, all those things, to be able to run the ball and stop the run, to be disciplined with a lot of distractions from a climate perspective, that’s important.  There should be a real home field advantage for us whenever we play in Cleveland and those weather conditions are like that.  It just happens that we have four games in a row here where we’ll have that same type of weather, so I’m looking for the guys to continue improve on all the stuff that we’ve talked about and then to be able to operate in these conditions at a high level.”
(On Alex Mack this year compared to how he played last year as a rookie)- “I thought towards the end of the year last year he had really turned the corner from the rookie component of the rookie season.  I feel like he’s picked up where he left off at the end of last year this season and has continued to improve.  Alex is a guy who is very bright, helps significantly with the calls, the communication things like that.  He’s a high motor center on screens and down the field blocks and finishing blocks, I really like that about him.  He’s challenged each week, we always talk about the left tackle being forced to deal with an elite pass rusher, Alex is usually forced to deal with a mountain.  Each week he’s got some sort of mountain in front of him and being able to control those guys, he’s continued to improve there.  He was tested last week, that guy was pretty good he is pretty good and there will be others here as we go.  This week will be the same thing.”
(On Mack was worth where they drafted him)- “I would say unequivocally yes.  Could of drafted him higher.”
(On if New England’s victory over the New York Jets last week makes Cleveland’s win over New England any more impressive)- “I would have like to have beaten them both, that would’ve been the best situation.  They’re good and when Tom (Brady) is playing the way he does, they get better as the season goes on.  They historically have, they continue to do that year in and year out.  It is only one game, so I’m sure both teams are moving on.  I haven’t really put it in that context though Mary Kay (Cabot).”
(On his reaction to the news that Josh McDaniels got fired in Denver)- “It’s never a fun thing to see.  He’s a guy that I’ve known for a long time and I’ve been in that spot.  I know how hard Josh worked, I know how smart he is and I know him personally.  It’s never great to see that from anybody.  You get to know a lot of head coaches around the league, Josh I just happen to know better.  You don’t like to see that, you know how much work everybody puts into it.”
(On if he will call and talk to McDaniels)- “In going through the experience, I’ll give the dust a little time to settle and then I’ll definitely give him a call and talk to him and see if there is any way I can help.”
(On if he expects that Josh Cribbs will be available to get some snaps on offense this weekend)- “We are another week further out, so I would expect that.”
(On when he really knew he had something special in Joe Haden from seeing him play)- “He had a lot of things that were going to translate well into pro football.  The thing that’s underrated a lot of times is his ability to tackle.  From a corner, that’s often an underrated skill and it played a big part in the game this past weekend.  I like his approach, his energy and those things are going to serve him well over time.  We are in such the early stage of his career, the important thing is continued work ethic day in and day out, day in and day out.  As you get success or accolades or any of those things, those are nice and you appreciate them for a moment, and then you move on to make sure that you’re always improving.  That’s the challenge of someone that’s drafted high, gets to play and then has some success.  The goal is sustained growth and success and reaching your potential, which you have got to work hard to do.”
(On if Haden’s time at the University of Florida prepared him for the NFL better than other rookies)- “We have gotten rookies from a lot of good programs and it’s still so different.  It’s hard for anybody, regardless of what program they came from, to make the adjustment.  There are so many new things, the talent level from every team he plays is consistent and higher, the length of the season, there are all of those things.  You would like to think that one guy is more prepared than another, but it’s all new for all of them.”
(On Mohamed Massaquoi getting consistent production over the last few games)- “I think it’s a combination of protections, him doing a better job of getting open, Jake doing a good job of getting him the ball and it all works in coordination with each other.  If any component of that breaks down, the production is not going to be as consistent.  Time and development, we’ve talked about the receiver here today (Steve Johnson), the guy had 12 catches his first two years, and now he’s at 61 catches.  Mike Sims-Walker, there’s a guy that didn’t have very much production for two years, and then has really blossomed.  It takes some time to keep moving forward and seeing your potential.”
(On how impressed he is that Eric Barton was able to come back from his neck injury last year and start this season and recently win the team’s Ed Block Courage Award)- “I remember talking to him about it prior to him making any decisions and it’s tough because you’re dealing with a neck issue, it’s such a violent game and he plays such a violent position that there were a lot of question marks.  In talking through that, he was committed to do it and I think he’s done it really well.  It hasn’t been an easy thing to do, it never is.  There’s so much uncertainty coming back from an injury, let alone a neck injury.  I give him a lot of credit for the way that he handled it, the way that he worked to get back, the things that he’s done since he’s been back and I think he’s very deserving of the award.”
(On Steve Johnson being a seventh round pick and showing what he can do)- “It’s such an imperfect science with the draft, and you have to have patience too.  There’s a patience level, can you wait that long?  Sometimes it’s opportunity as well.  You get that chance and suddenly it happens.  Peyton was a seventh rounder, so the league is filled with guys that you miss on and then they need to get an opportunity.  Sometimes it happens right away.  Keenan McCardell was here and he really didn’t hit until he went to Jacksonville.”
(On if there was something about the offense Johnson was on in Kentucky that made his breakthrough more unexpected)- “I don’t know enough about that to tell you the truth.”

11:19 AM

@scottiegraef Coles seems like a Mangini type of player, but they already have one vet WR (D. Williams) they’re making inactive each week…

11:19 AM

@scottiegraef Coles seems like a Mangini type of player, but they already have one vet WR (D. Williams) they’re making inactive each week…

11:17 AM

@TJF_Again I think Colt will adjust to cold weather as quickly as he adjusted to playing in the NFL. Nothing seems to throw this kid.

10:45 AM

Thinks colt has a shot to practice but not a slam dunk. He did work tuesday but controlled with the trainer.

10:42 AM

Mccoy,fujita,barton,moore, titus brown,will not practice wed. Mangini says he’s optimistic about all practicing this week except fujita.

Hodges (& his right leg) named AFC Special Teams POTW
Don Delco on December 8th, 2010 AT 10:38 AM

Cleveland Browns punter Reggie Hodges was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, the NFL announced today. This is the first award of Hodges’ career and the first time a Browns player won this award since Josh Cribbs in Week 11 of the 2009 season.

In last week’s 13-10 win over Miami last week, Hodges had nine punts for 438 yards (48.7 average) and landed two inside the 20-yard-line.

Hodges has a league-best 13 punts inside the 10-yard-line this season.

The Browns have now had an AFC Defensive Player of the Week (David Bowens in Week 7), AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Peyton Hillis in Week 9) and now the AFC Speical Teams Player of the Week. It is the first time since 2005 the Browns won all three in a season.

On Nov. 26, Hodges signed a two-year contract extension with the Browns. Hodges is in his fourth year in the league out of Ball State.

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Hodges is special teams player of the week. Barton wins ed block courage award.

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(Subscriber) What We’ve Been Told: Colt McCoy Edition: Lane Adkins relays his insight into the Browns’ budding … http://bit.ly/dM8l6b

Browns Make Practice Squad Move
Barry McBride on December 7th, 2010 AT 8:22 PM

Press release from the team…

The Cleveland Browns today signed tight end Tyson DeVree to the practice squad and released defensive back Rod Windsor from the practice squad, the team announced.

Originally signed by New England as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2008, DeVree appeared in two games with the Patriots in 2008. He also spent nine weeks on New England’s practice squad in 2008 and also had a brief stint with the Buffalo Bills in 2009. DeVree spent the 2010 UFL season with the Hartford Colonials, where he recorded 18 receptions for 174 yards with three touchdowns.  He played in 22 games for the University of Colorado (2006-07) after transferring from Western Michigan University (2003-04). Born November 12, 1984, the 6-6, 245-pound DeVree is a native of Hudsonville, Mich., where he attended Hudsonville High School.

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Upon Further Review: Special Teams: Joe Haden wasn’t the only Brown to have a career day against the Dolphins http://bit.ly/fF6Ioo

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TSX: Browns’ Week 13 Grades: Ugly win or not, the Cleveland’s defensive earned high marks for its stout performance http://bit.ly/ijPoJX

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