Pettine impressed with veteran receivers

Head coach says that Dwayne Bowe brings a bigger target to the offense

BEREA, Ohio—Mike Pettine said he has already seen some of dividends of bringing in veteran receivers Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline to go with Andrew Hawkins from a year ago.

“It was a young group,” Pettine said. “It’s good to have a veteran like Dwayne and to bring in a Brian Hartline and then have Hawkins already here.”

Pettine said Bowe brings a bigger target to the offense.

“The thing about Dwayne, we wanted to make sure that we had pretty good variation, diversity in the skillset in that room and a bigger body guy that can still be covered but has a good catch radius, strong hands and can make the contested catches.

“He’s proven he can do that throughout his career,” Pettine said. “Throughout the spring, he’s shown us time and time again examples of why we brought him here.”

Gilbert absent: Mike Pettine said that CB Justin Gilbert was excused from practice on Wednesday.

“His absence is excused. I spoke to him last night. He’s got a personal matter he’s dealing with. It’s a family issue. I’ll leave it at that.”

Resting: OL Joe Thomas and DL Desmond Bryant were given a scheduled day of rest.

Bike Brigade: LB Nate Orchard was on the stationary bike joining DL Phil Taylor (knee), DB Tashaun Gipson (hamstring), DB Tramon Williams (undisclosed) and OL Cameron Erving (undisclosed). All but Orchard missed Tuesday’s practice.

DL Xavier Cooper (illness) rejoined practice.

Quick Hits: QB Josh McCown hit WR Brian Hartline on a deep pass to the five-yard line… QB Johnny Manziel also threw a deep ball to Hawkins for a score. Manziel also had a short scramble for a touchdown… OL Michael Bowie filled in at left tackle for OL Joe Thomas (rest.

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