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5 Observations: Challenge accepted by Browns rookie Danny Shelton

A full day of press conferences and interviews from the locker room are in the books.

Here's what's making news.

1) Coaches lay out challenge for rookie Danny Shelton

Browns rookie nose tackle Danny Shelton hasn't been satisfied with the tape even as his coaches laud the effort and production he's had through his first four NFL games.

"Nothing really that stands out, and that's what I want to change," Shelton said. "I want to be able to look at film and see a different player. That's what I'm working on this week, just continuing to grow with the defense, grow with the team and look forward to a win."

Shelton was on the field for 27 snaps against the Chargers and did not record a tackle. He continues to lead the Browns' defensive linemen in tackles with 11.

Racking up statistics is not necessarily the job of a nose tackle on every play, but defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil laid out a challenge this week for Shelton to channel the player who racked up 16.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a senior at the University of Washington.

"We want him to pop off the tape when he's in there," O'Neil said. "He knows that and it's good that he's saying that."

2) He's the guy

Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor didn't hesitate when he was asked if defensive back Justin Gilbert would continue to return kicks.

"He's going to be our guy back there," Tabor said. "He's doing a nice job for us. I was really pleased with how he hit the ball up in there. I thought his vision was really good, his ball security was really good. That's a nice step for Justin."

All three of Gilbert's kick returns against the Chargers went for 35 or more yards. The previous high for the Browns this season was 31.

"I thought he did a nice job of, first and foremost, catching the ball and secondly making good decisions," Tabor said. "When he hit it, he hit it. Obviously he showed when the ball's in his hands, he can do some things for us. We're real excited about that phase right there showing some improvement and hopefully we can continue that."

Opportunities could be few and far between Sunday. The Ravens have had just two kickoffs returned against them.

3) Injury update

Safety Tashaun Gipson was sidelined for a second consecutive practice Thursday as he battles an ankle injury.

Wide receiver Brian Hartline (rib/thigh), linebacker Craig Robertson (ankle) and running back Shaun Draughn (back) also did not practice.

Before Thursday's practice, Browns coach Mike Pettine said it was too early to tell if running back Robert Turbin would be ready to make his Cleveland debut. The former Seahawk suffered his injury during the preseason and participated in his first "real" practice with the Browns on Wednesday.

Turbin said he "certainly hoped" to play Sunday but stressed the decision went beyond his call and included the coaches and training staff.

"It's funny how you can feel so great one day and then the next day you're sore and it doesn't feel as loose or maybe as recovered as you thought it might," Turbin said. "That was a good example of today … As practice got going and I got going, it felt great to be out there again today."

4) Confidence in Coons high

Multiple pressure kicks from Phil Dawson, including one from 51 yards that tied the game, led the Browns to their last victory in Baltimore eight years ago.

Is rookie kicker Travis Coons, who is a perfect 7-for-7 on field goals and similarly true on extra points, up for the challenge?

Pettine and Tabor think so.

"I think all kicks have some degree of pressure with them," Pettine said. "If they are at the end of the game they certainly would carry more, but there is no reason to think he can't handle it. He endured a kicking competition with a guy where it was almost on every kick from the spring with a guy right next to him. He knew that a bad day, he could be shown the door. I think he has exhibited the mental toughness, but you will never know until it happens.

"We are hopeful that when that situation comes for him to kick the game winner and calmly trot out there and bang it through."

5) A quote that says it all

Pettine hasn't shied away from the importance of games within the division, and he reinforced it Thursday with this description of life inside an AFC North game.

"It is a double chinstrap game," Pettine said. "If you don't, you get embarrassed. You look at last year against Cincinnati. We had it the first game and didn't the second. You saw the result. Hopefully it shows up on the field, but our guys sense it."

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