BEREA, Ohio — For all practical purposes, Brian Robiskie is starting his NFL career this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Sure, Robiskie was a rookie in 2009, but he caught just seven passes the entire season and spent most of the time on Sundays on the inactive list.
“Last year was last year and everybody has put that behind us,” Robiskie said. “We’re focused on what we can do this year. We’re excited about the season.”
Robiskie has been the constant topic among the coaches and players, in terms of his growth from his rookie year to this year.
“He’s awesome I can’t wait to see him out there,” Josh Cribbs said. “He’s had a great, excellent OTA offseason and training camp. It will be exciting for him as soon as he gets out there and proves his worth in this league as he has over and over again in practice. I can’t wait to see him.”
Robiskie thinks the Browns can continue the success, offensively, that they showed in the preseason.
“All of the work we’ve put in the offseason and all of the work we’ve put in camp, now we’re out there for real,” he said. “That’s been our goal since the beginning of the off-season and that is to get better.
“Obviously, we’ve done some good things, but we want to just get better, not only this week, but every week.”
Robiskie, like his teammates can hardly wait for Sunday.
“It’s exciting for everybody,” he said. “We’re all excited for the opportunity to show what we can do.”
Rogers Coming On: Shaun Rogers had his first practice on Wednesday since coming off of the PUP list, but he feels he will be getting ready sooner than later.
“There’s a still process for me in trying to get the best me out there,” Rogers said. ““I haven’t been out there, so besides sucking wind, you don’t win games in meetings.
“You have to be out there with the other guys,” he said. “Whatever I have to do (to be ready), I’ll do.”
Rogers suffered a broken leg and missed the final five games last season.
“It definitely feels good to get out and play the game,” he said. “There’s always a learning curve learning new defenses. I’m happy to be back and am working to improve on those things and be out there.”
Rogers said on his first day at practice he took all his reps at nose tackle. He says he’s alright with playing defensive end.
“I’m an athlete for sure, but I stay in my zone,” he said. “End is on the defensive line and I’m a better defensive lineman than a wide receiver.
“This game builds character and whatever they ask me to do, I’ll do.” Rogers said. “As long as they don’t have me play wide out, I’ll be alright.”
In Rogers’ absence last year and throughout the preseason, Ahtyba Rubin has played extremely well and drawn the praise of the coaches, as well as Rogers.
“He’s tremendous,” Rogers said. “He’s a solid nose tackle. He looks like he’s going to play this game for a long time. I’m trying to help him as much as I can and I’m really proud of him.”
Rogers has spent the majority of his career playing on losing teams with the Lions and the Browns.
“Every year I want to be on a winner, but individually, you have to do your part and being the best me will help us win,” he said. “All I do is play hard and try to win.”
Mangini knows what the presence of Rogers on the field does for the defense.
“He’s a big man so he ties up a lot of blockers,” Mangini said. “Rubin does a good job of that, too.”
Lauvao Hurt; Yates Re-Signed: OL Shaun Lauvao twisted his ankle Wednesday at practice and he will be held out of practice Thursday. Mangini didn’t indicate how severe the injury was or how long Lauvao might be out.
OL Billy Yates was re-signed and LB Titus Brown was waived as reported by the OBR Wednesday night.
OL Floyd Womack was back at practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable. If neither Womack or Lauvao are ready to play, Yates could get the call at right guard in the season opener.
“It was Floyd’s first day back and Shawn twisted his ankle and won’t practice today,” Mangini said. “(Billy) is capable since he’s been here.”
Yates said his job is to be ready.
“It all amounts to just playing football,” he said. “You have to play consistently whenever you’re out there.”
Besides the right guard spot, there still is some uncertainty at right tackle with Tony Pashos and John St. Clair.
“Floyd will work in there (at guard) and both Tony and John are working (at right tackle)and we’ll see at the end of the week,” Mangini said.
St. Clair is listed as the starter, but he missed the past week with personal issues.
Mangini said he’s not concerned with the right side of the line.
“I’m encouraged by the way they’ve all played because I think they can all play,” Mangini said.
Injury Update: Other than Lauvao, LB David Bowens (knee), LB Marcus Benard (shoulder), DL Shaun Rogers (ankle), TE Robert Royal (ankle) and OL Floyd Womack (knee) are listed as questionable. LB D’Qwell Jackson (pectoral) is out and DB Nick Sorenson (concussion) is listed as doubtful.
Jackson said he is lifting weights and hopeful to play in the home opener against the Chiefs.