Browns Friday Practice Report

  • Against the Saints, there's a chance the Cleveland Browns might be without two of their best players.
  • Head coach Mike Pettine confirmed Jordan Cameron and Barkevious Mingo, both dealing with shoulder injuries, are questionable for the contest. Even though both players have not practiced at all this week, Pettine said there's still hope both could suit up and have a big impact against New Orleans.
  • "When you've built up a bank of reps and you feel a guy might be able to contribute for you…that's why we listed them [questionable]," said Pettine. "There's still a chance based on how their rehab is going. They're getting better every day. It'll be right up until game time."
  • If Jordan Cameron is unable to go, newly added tight end Gerrell Robinson will suit up. A converted wide receiver from Arizona State, Robinson is a chiseled athlete (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) who looks the part of a playmaker. The Browns added Robinson off the Broncos practice squad.
  • Pettine often references his pal and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan as one of his closest mentors. Pettine is also fond of Ryan's twin brother Rob, (also a former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator) who is coordinating the Saints' defense.
  • What separates the Ryan's? Why have they been such fixtures in the NFL for decades? The answer may surprise you, because it has nothing to do with the X's and O's of football. And Pettine has adopted a similar philosophy here in Cleveland.
  • "They're very genuine about how their players feel about them," said Pettine. "That's something I think is important. It came from Buddy. I don't know if it originated from Buddy, but I've said it before. Players don't care what you know until they know that you care. That's very true with both Ryan's. I think that's important – that they, more than anybody, realize that this is a people business. That's one of the main reasons why those two have had so much success over such a long period of time."
  • Johnny Manziel met with reporters on Friday in the locker room. While he did admit he's antsy to get on the football field, he knows that's not his role right now for the Cleveland Browns. Manziel said he mentioned some things he saw to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and even fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer.
  • "I pay attention to everything, just like if I was in there," said Manziel. "Obviously, I'm not on the field and can't see everything from behind like Brian can, but still at the same play like I would go through the progression, what the coverage is, what our scheme is on the play. If Brian looks an opposite way, or doesn't really see something, I'm trying to help him out as much as possible."
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