BEREA— One might expect that a Super Bowl winning rusher would look back to those Lombardi-led days with a certain fondness and frequency.
Browns running back Robert Turbin, who won the Super Bowl in 2013 as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, chooses instead to keep the past in the past.
“To be honest with you guys, with all due respect, I’m not really interested in talking about Seattle anymore, man,” Turbin said. “I’m a Cleveland Brown and the Browns are what I’m all about now.”
Though he no longer wants to talk about the team that drafted him 106th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, the 5’10, 223-pound Turbin did say that he could take some of what he learned through his first three NFL seasons in Seattle and bring it to Cleveland.
“Seattle, it was a great opportunity for me, they drafted me, I was there, we had great success, I learned a lot from that team,” Turbin said. “What I’ve learned I know for a fact I can bring here to this situation to help turn this franchise around.”
His desire to help the Browns has been thus far hampered by an ankle injury that he suffered in the preseason, forcing him off the field until early October.
Now, however, he feels that he’s just about ready to contribute, as the Browns take on the Ravens this Sunday.
“My goal is to be able to play some this Sunday,” Turbin said. “Obviously Joe (Sheehan) and those guys and (Browns head coach Mike) Pettine will make the decision ultimately this weekend, but I’m hopeful, they’re hopeful and we’ll just see how the rest of the week goes in practice.”
Pettine wouldn’t say that Turbin will definitely play on Sunday, but all signs are pointing to him being able to do so.
“It’s a little early to tell, but he had a good day yesterday. Most of his reps were on the scout team. I think he’ll tell you that he’s not there yet, but he’s close,” Pettine said. “We’ll bump up his workload some today. The reps that he took, he looked good.”
When he does finally hit the field, Turbin feels he’ll be able to bring an added layer to a Browns rushing attack that has struggled through four games in 2015.
“I think I can just be an added asset to the team,” Turbin said. “I believe in myself and my abilities to be able to make plays out there on the field, and it will be a good opportunity for me to play off of (Isaiah) Crowell and off of Duke (Johnson) and continue to learn from those guys.”
While he feels he can add something to the running game, Turbin has been watching the backs closely through the start of the season and is, thus far, impressed with what he’s seen.
In fact, he seems to think more highly of Crowell and Johnson than many around the league.
“They’re really underestimated in my opinion,” Turbin said. “Those guys are good backs and they can get the job (done) on Sundays like you saw a great example of it this past Sunday.”
Whether he plays on Sunday or not, Turbin’s focus remains firmly in the present and getting back on the field to help the team for which he now plays.
“Ultimately at the end of the day, all I want to talk about is the Cleveland Browns,” Turbin said. “(I want to) turn this franchise around and help us win football games.”
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