Berea Notes: 10/5

Fred Greetham infiltrated Berea again this morning and provides the full scoop on the happenings in the Land of the Top-Secret Practice: Winslow on the march... DeMario Minter on the mend... Corners recuperate... Browns beware...

Audio from the morning session at Berea will be posted on the OBR Thursday afternoon.

Berea – Prior to the season, Kellen Winslow said he was tired of all the talk about what he was going to do. He wanted to just get on the field and do it.

Well, don't look now but Winslow is on pace to have the most receptions in a season in Browns' history. Through the first quarter of the season, Winslow has 22 receptions for 228 yards (10.4 avg.), including two touchdowns.

Winslow leads the AFC in receptions by a tight end and is fourth overall in receptions.

Romeo Crennel has seen the impact Winslow can have on the Browns offense the past two weeks, when he's scored a touchdown in each game. Last week against the Raiders, Winslow caught a big fourth-down pass to set up a touchdown from Charlie Frye.

"He did make tremendous plays in the (Raiders) game, particularly in the second half when everyone made plays. We needed them."

Hall of Fame tight end and current Ravens' GM Ozzie Newsome set the Browns' receiving record for one season with 89 receptions in 1983 and 1984. Kevin Johnson is the only other Browns receiver in history to hit the 80 reception mark and he did so in 2001 with 84 grabs.

Projected over the 16 game season, Winslow is on pace for 88 receptions for 912 yards and eight touchdowns.

Winslow's father, Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow, Sr. also put up some pretty good numbers in his day. His best season was 1980 with 89 catches. He also had 88 catches in 1983 and 1981.

It's too early to tell, but if Winslow's health allows him to stay on the field and the coaches allow him to stay on the field, the Browns TE has a good chance of backing up his claims prior to the season.


Browns Beware: Crennel said the Panthers are starting to put things together after a slow start.

"Carolina is getting back on track," he said. "The last two games the Panthers have been stronger and they have to feel like they're coming together."

Injury Update: Crennel wouldn't rule out CB Leigh Bodden or  CB Gary Baxter for Sunday's game. He also said that WR Travis Wilson (knee) was added to the injury report as he tweaked his knee Wednesday.

"Every body is working and trying to get ready for the game," Crennel said. "Bodden had the boot on all day last yesterday. Baxter is getting better. When he's ready to play, we're gong to put him out there. He does a little bit more in practice every day."

One of the options in the next few weeks should injuries to Baxter and Bodden linger, is the possible return of fifth-round draft choice Demario Minter. He was taken with the second pick (152nd overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft from Georgia.

Minter has been on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list with a knee injury after having arthroscopic surgery prior to training camp.

The Browns will have to make a decision on Minter after the bye week and before the Jets game on Oct. 29.

"DeMario Minter is making good progress," Crennel said. "He's running straight ahead and we'll see how he progresses. During that window, we'll get him on the field and see what he can do. Once you put him on the field you have about two weeks to make the determination if he can play."

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