Gilkey Sets Sights on Starting

With starters John Greco and Jason Pinkston sidelined because of injury, second-year guard Garrett Gilkey is making the most of his chances.

BEREA, Ohio—Second-year guard Garrett Gilkey is determined to make the most of his opportunity.

Veteran guard John Greco and Jason Pinkston have been sidelined for various reasons, but Gilkey is making the most of his chances. He has been taking almost all of the reps with the first team at right guard in place of Greco.

“He’s been solid,” Mike Pettine said. “He’s been getting more time (with the starters) with Greco out.”

Last year’s seventh-round draft choice from Chadron State said he’s determined to retain the starting job even when Greco returns.

“Where things are I feel very confident in my position and my role with the team and I’m going into it that I’m going to be the starter week one and that’s my mentality,” he said. “I know there are different opinions out there with injuries and everything, but those are irrelevant. I’m just going out there on being focused and doing it.”

Gilkey said he’s much more confident in his second year.

“No question I’m more comfortable,” Gilkey said. “Last year, was a big learning year for me. It was a big year for me to adjust to the size and speed of the guys.”

Notebook

Battle of Orange: Pettine said he started a competition between the offense and defense with the winners getting to wear orange jerseys in Thursday’s practice. The defense won the first battle.

“It was a competitive period where the offense had to gain 20 yards in a best of five,” Pettine said. “The defense won 3 of 4 and the reward is orange practice jerseys that will go back and forth and the defense will wear them Thursday.”

Moore: Newly acquired WR Marlon Moore practiced for the first time with the Browns. There have been reports that Moore will be suspended for the first game, but Pettine had no clarity on the subject.

“I don’t want to speak on that I know there’s something from the league but I don’t feel comfortable in speaking about it.”

Moore was asked why they brought in Moore.

“We felt we had a need,” Pettine said. “We were a little nicked up. We have some veteran guys. He’s a guy that has played some quality minutes in the NFL. We have some older guys that we like to give some time off too and we have two guys coming off ACL surgery.”

Moore is wearing No. 15.


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