Kellen Winslow's Study Paying Off

During Kellen Winslow's time with the media after Sunday's game, he answered a reporters question with a technical response involving coverage schemes. Excuse me... what? The once-brash tight end is becoming as aggressive learning the game as he is playing it.

Kellen Winslow attributed his success in 2007 to an unusual source -- a position coach on the team who does not coach tight ends.

Asked the reason for his success this season (62 catches, 874 yards, five touchdowns), Winslow credited quarterbacks coach Rip Scherer.

In the offseason, Winslow went to Scherer and asked if he could sit in on the quarterback meetings. Scherer obliged, and Winslow dedicated himself to learning defenses.

"You can run your routes off the coverages," Winslow said. "Other guys in the league who don't understand coverages just run routes off air."

It's not typical for a tight end to credit a quarterback coach, but it's also not typical for a tight end to be so dedicated in wanting to learn defenses.

It's paid off, as Winslow ranks second amongst NFL tight ends in receptions and first in receiving yards.


--QB Derek Anderson continues to do what is most important on the field: Win games. Anderson's record as a starter is 7-3, and the Browns have won five of their last six games, the only loss a three-point defeat to Pittsburgh.

--RB Jamal Lewis' 29 carries were the most he's had in a game in more than a year, and his second-highest in-game total since 2005. Lewis came to the Browns because he felt they were committed to the run; apparently he was right.

--WR Braylon Edwards has 11 touchdown receptions, which ties him for third in the NFL and are the most by a Browns receiver since Gary Collins had 11 in 1969.

--WR Joe Jurevicius' professionalism and attitude are a valuable presence in the locker room. Jurevicius' influence was not strong a year ago because he did not start early in the season; as a full-time starter, his teammates benefit from his approach.

--CB Eric Wright probably will miss this weekend's game in Arizona due to a knee sprain. Wright had started every game until the win over Houston.

--CB Leigh Bodden has an interception in four of the Browns' seven wins.

--CB Brandon McDonald had a strong game playing in relief of the injured Eric Wright. McDonald broke up four passes and had an interception in his first extensive playing time as a rookie.

--KR Joshua Cribbs' 54 return yards against Houston gave him 1,529 for the season, breaking the record he set last season (1,494 yards).

--PK Phil Dawson moved into third place on the Browns' all-time scoring list, passing Jim Brown. Dawson was humbled by the achievement, saying he was almost embarrassed to be mentioned in the same sentence as Brown.

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