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Gilkey, a rookie from Chadron State College, filled in during the first half of the Browns’ win over the Detroit Lions two weeks ago, and Cousins, a five-year NFL veteran, started at right guard at the Indianapolis Colts last Saturday.
“I thought Oniel did a good job going in there and playing,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “He hasn’t played a lot of it. He has played some, but for not having done much of it through the course of training camp, and really, he’s still coming back from his injury, he’s adjusting in a couple different ways.
One of the things Chudzinski liked best from Cousins was his physical approach to the game.
“He gives us a physical presence,” Chudzinski said. “He’s one of our more physical guys, and he played hard. Assignment-wise, he was pretty solid. There were some technique things that we need to continue to work on, and him playing in there, being used to combination blocks and playing next to the guys he’s playing next to. Just getting used to that, we need to keep working there. I was pleased with him.”
Although the Browns have suffered injuries and rotated both Cousins and Gilkey into the starting lineup, quarterback
“Those guys have played great through three games,” Weeden said. “Oniel and Gilkey both split some time the other night, and I thought both of them played well.
“Oniel, he’s normally a tackle, so he’s making a change, but I thought the transition over has been great for him. He’s good when he pulls and does things in the passing game. He’s just a physical presence that has played and been in this league for a while. He kind of knows how to handle it.”