Cleveland Browns outside linebacker
Mingo registered two hits on Rams quarterbacks, nearly blocked a punt that wide receiver
“He was impressive,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said of Mingo. “It seemed like he was around the quarterback an awful lot. He played hard, did a really nice job on special teams as well. He showed up well.
“The biggest thing for him is just to continue to improve from a technique standpoint and an understanding standpoint. He’s adjusted really well to playing up as an outside ‘backer, and he just needs to continue to grow, nothing different from any other young player. The more experience he gets, the better he’ll be (especially) working the way he’s working.”
Mingo said he “really enjoyed getting back to playing football,” and it showed in his play, according to fellow outside linebacker
“I thought he was really explosive,” Kruger said. “He just has to refine a few things and he is right there. He is an extremely talented guy that knows the defense. For him, I think it is going to be a really good progression, really quick.”
While Mingo was rushing opposing passers, Gilkey did his part to limit the Rams’ pass rush. The Browns’ offensive line allowed just one sack for an 11-yard loss in the win, and Chudzinski said he thought Gilkey did a “good job.”
“He was pretty solid in there with his protections,” the coach said. “His effort was really good finishing blocks. He showed some physicality and had, I believe, no mental mistakes.”