Although the Cleveland Browns did not select a wide receiver during the 2013 NFL Draft, they did acquire one during the weekend when they sent a pair of draft picks to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for wideout
On a conference call Monday, the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Bess described himself as “a get-it-done-type of guy.”
“Whether it’s inside or outside, whatever the coaches want my role to be, I’m going to give it 110 percent and maximize it to the best of my ability,” Bess said. “To jump ship to Cleveland was a great opportunity. Personally, it was a great move for me, and I’m thankful for the future and I’m looking forward to being a Brown.”
By joining the Browns, Bess, now in his sixth NFL season, is the leader of the team’s youngest position group. Only fourth-year veteran wide receiver
“They have a bunch of young guys who had pretty good seasons last year and they’re young, hungry and talented athletically, physically and mentally,” Bess said. “(I plan) to come in and just share my knowledge to help out the group not only from a physical standpoint, but just more mental and understanding the game of football.
“I’ve always been a fan of football. I know a bunch of players on each team around the league that I follow, and that’s why I’m really looking forward to joining this group of receivers. I’ve been watching them, and they’re young, talented, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the mix.”
Bess’ most productive NFL season came in 2010, when he caught 79 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns.
Signed by the Dolphins as a rookie free agent following the 2008 NFL Draft, Bess has 321 career receptions for 3,447 yards, 12 touchdowns and 183 first downs. Bess has lost only three fumbles in his previous five NFL seasons.
“I take extreme pride in being productive and converting on third down,” Bess said. “I think a big part of it was the opportunity the coaches put me in, being able to find a mismatch and letting me do what I do: Studying, watching my opponents and kind of having that chip on my shoulder and wanting that bull’s-eye on third down or on fourth down. Having the players around me, whether they’re stretching the field, getting double-teamed, it’s a bigger picture. I just tried to play my role, fill my role to the best of my abilities.”
Bess comes to Cleveland after a solid 2012 season in which he caught 61 passes for 778 yards, for a career-best average of 12.8 yards per reception, one touchdown and 38 first downs.
“My hope is to bring more than that to Cleveland,” Bess said. “Sixty-one catches, I was thankful for, but there was so much more I left out on the field. That’s the great thing about growing and getting better every year, understanding where you made your mistakes at and just growing up to be a better player each and every year. I’m looking forward to raising that number a lot more.
“I’m looking forward to getting up there and meeting them and developing this chemistry and getting this thing started.”