Friday Berea Report: Moving On

Lost in all the KJ-related excitement this week is the fact that his replacement did alright last week against the Chiefs. Andre Davis has been keeping his head down in the aftermath, but Mike McLain caught up with him today to get his thoughts. Plus, roster moves, Aaron Shea's recuperation, and a defensive record set in the midst of a challenging year...

BEREA – Andre Davis is trying to make as little as possible out of Kevin Johnson's departure from the Browns' scene this week.

It doesn't matter that Davis is a beneficiary of Johnson's departure. When Butch Davis benched Johnson last week, Andre was moved into the starting lienup.

"Everybody is trying to go about it normal," said Andre. "It's not like a funeral. He's just gone to another team. It's a surprise when a guy gets cut in the middle of the season, but we just have to move on."

Davis, who started four games as a rookie last season when four receivers were deployed at the outset, had three receptions for 35 yards in the Browns' 41-20 loss to Kansas City. He also drew two pass-interference penalties, including one that led to a 1-yard touchdown run by James Jackson.

According to Butch, Andre graded out at 100 percent. Andre was harsher in giving himself a grade.

"I thought I did all right from the way our coaches graded it," Andre said. "I felt I was comfortable out there, and I did what I had to do."

Tight end/H-back Aaron Shea is recovering well from recent bicep surgery that placed him on the reserve-injured list for the remainder of the season.

Shea said the injury began developing last season and worsened during the early stages of this season. Shea played in just four games, which included one start at tight end and one start at H-back.

"I'm a lot further ahead of where I was last year," Shea said. "I feel so much better. Last year I always felt like something was wrong. I'm moving on my own already, where as last year I couldn't do that stuff."

Shea thinks that the team's medical team might have missed something when it examined him last season.

"I don't think it was thoroughly looked at," Shea said. "Not to blame anyone here, but did the doc miss something? The doc did a great job this year. He didn't miss it."


NEWS AND NOTES: A scoring change in last week's game against Kansas City has given middle linebacker Andra Davis a team single-game record fourth sack. The Elias Sports Bureau informed the Browns that a play in which the Chiefs Dante Hall was forced into a fumble by Davis was a pass and not a run, as was originally interpreted. The pass was intercepted by Kenard Lang.

With four sacks, Davis tied Jerry Sherk and Mack Mitchell for the single-game team standard. Sherk had four against Philadelphia Nov.14, 1976, and Mitchell had four against the New York Giants Nov. 20, 1977.

Questionable for the Browns are R.J. Bowers (ankle), defensive lineman Kenard Lang (back), cornerback Daylon McCutcheon (knee), cornerback Lewis Sanders (groin), offensive tackle Barry Stokes (groin) and linebacker Ben Taylor (back). Listed as probable are linebacker Kevin Bentley (elbow), defensive back Roosevelt Williams (shoulder) and cornerback Michael Lehan (shoulder).

For the Cardinals, kicker Bill Gramatica (back), linebacker Gerald Hayes (shoulder) and running back Emmitt Smith (back) are out. Listed as probable are defensive tackle Marcus Bell (quad), center Pete Kendall (neck), defensive end Calvin Pace (groin), guard Cameron Spikes (thumb) and safety Adrian Wilson (hand).

Receiver Frisman Jackson was officially added to the 53-man roster Friday. Frisman had been on the PUP list with a foot injury.

"I feel I'm right back where I was (before the injury)," he said. "Actually, I'm hungrier than I was back then."

It's been well-documented that James Jackson works out on his own in Florida instead of working out under the supervision of strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris. When it was mentioned that he would earn weekly paychecks by working out with the team, Jackson said, "As far as I'm concerned, they can keep their money. If they offered me a hundred thousand dollars to stay up here to work out, I'm going back home to work out."


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