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Haden readies for Bowe

Posted Dec 8, 2012

Browns defensive back Joe Haden is looking forward to Sunday’s matchup with Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden has spent the week preparing for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs and a potential matchup with sixth-year wide receiver Dwayne Bowe.

This year, Bowe has caught 57 passes for 731 yards and three touchdowns. He has more than 1,000 receiving yards in three of the last four seasons and is on pace for nearly 1,000 yards again in 2012.

“He’s just big, strong and he can catch the ball really well,” Haden said. “He’s a good route-runner. The thing about it is, anytime the ball is in his area, he can make basically every catch.”

In his three years with the Browns, Haden has seen his fair share of talented wide receivers, including Pittsburgh’s Mike Wallace, Baltimore’s Torrey Smith, Dez Bryant and Miles Austin of the Dallas Cowboys, and A.J. Green of Cincinnati. In talking about Bowe’s skills, Haden said he looks similar to one of the receivers he matched up against last year when the Browns played at the Arizona Cardinals.

“I would say he’s more of a Larry Fitzgerald type,” Haden said. “If the ball’s in his area, he’s going to be able to catch it. He has really good hands. He’s a big, strong dude and I say he’s like that.”

Bowe has gained 5,658 yards and scored 39 touchdowns on 413 career receptions. His best season came in 2010, when he gained a career-best 1,162 yards and scored 15 touchdowns, including a career-long 75-yard score, on 72 receptions. He followed that in 2011 with 1,159 yards and five touchdowns on 81 catches.

Bowe has the second-most receptions of 20 or more yards in Chiefs history (82), second only to tight end Tony Gonzalez’s mark of 130. Bowe is third on the team’s all-time list with 413 receptions and is three away from a second-place tie with Henry Marshall.

“He’s a big, physical guy which makes it tougher on corners who aren’t as tall or as long,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “Joe finds a way. When guys are not as big as guys they’re playing against, they’ve got to be really aware of when the ball’s up in the air so they can defend the football. Body position is very important and Joe has the quickness to maintain it most of the time.”

Part of finding his way, Haden says he knows how important it is to prevent Bowe from getting into space.

“I wouldn’t say his strength is his speed, but he can definitely make all of the catches,” Haden said. “I think I just want to stay tight to him because he’s so big and strong. He will be able to look if the ball’s coming and a little push off, a little something like that, he’ll be able to jump up high and get the ball. I just want to stay as tight as possible to him. I’m not as worried about his deep threat than just getting body position.”

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