Haden knows importance of workouts

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Fourth-year Browns defensive back Joe Haden knows plenty can be accomplished during the team’s offseason workouts, which started Monday in Berea.

Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden knows that hard work can lead to success, and he carried that focus into the team’s Berea training facility this week for the start of offseason workouts.

During the first phase of the offseason program, players will meet with their position coaches and also, go through conditioning and strength training with new strength-and-conditioning coach Brad Roll.

“(This time is) really important because during the year, you don’t want to do any lifting,” Haden said. “You want to just make sure you maintain, keep your strength right. During the offseason, that’s where you really work and you can get sore and have time to recover. It’s real important just to be able to tackle guys, not letting them off the line by getting your strength up.”

In 42 career games during his three previous years with the Browns, Haden intercepted nine passes, made 173 total tackles, registered two sacks and defended 47 passes.

Despite missing five games in 2012, four due to a league-issued suspension and one to injury, Haden tied for the team lead with three interceptions, and his 47 passes defended rank in the top five among all active NFL defenders since the start of the 2010 season.

After playing well in 11 games last fall, Haden focused on keeping himself in shape for the offseason workouts, organized team activities and mini-camp practices.

“I just did conditioning,” Haden said. “I knew when I came back for this offseason, that’s when I was going to get into these weights hard, and I just made sure I stayed conditioned, kept my legs right. That’s really the main thing I needed to do. I didn’t want to do too much heavy lifting, but as long as my conditioning and legs were good, I was going to be alright.”

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