BEREA--After arguably one of the toughest games of his career, wide receiver Davone Bess was in the open locker room Monday speaking to the media about his poor performance against the Chiefs.
"I have to step up," Bess said. "It's as simple as it gets."
Bess fumbled a punt, as he was filling in for Travis Benjamin at the Chiefs' 47 with 7:02 to play in the fourth quarter and the Browns trailing 20-17. It cost the Browns a golden scoring opportunity. The Chiefs recovered at the 47 and the Browns didn't seriously threaten the rest of the game.
"I had (the ball), but maybe didn't have it 100 percent (secured)," he said. "Those plays can be game-changing plays."
As it turned out, it was.
Bess also failed to hang on to a pass on fourth-and-7 with 2:01 to play as Jason Campbell scrambled and threw across his body to him. Bess had his hands on the ball as he was coming back and it appeared it would've been enough for a first down. However, he couldn't secure the ball and the Browns turned the ball over to the Chiefs on downs. The Browns were out of timeouts and the Chiefs were able to keep the ball for all but the final 17 seconds of the game.
Bess finished the game with three receptions for 27 yards, despite being targeted eight times. Earlier in the game, Bess dropped two other passes. He leads the team in dropped passes, unofficially with nine.
Bess spoke last week about correcting the mistakes and not letting it happen again. Monday, he re-iterated that.
"It is in my control and it will get fixed," he said. "There's a first time for everything. There's been things tougher than this in my life."
Bess was acquired in a draft day trade with the Dolphins and came to the Browns as the 14th most productive NFL receiver over the past four seasons. Bess started the season with 321 receptions for 3,447 yards (12.8 avg.),including 12 touchdowns. In 2013, he is third on the team with 28 receptions for 261 yards with no touchdowns. Jordan Cameron has 49 receptions and Josh Gordon has 30.
Rob Chudzinski spoke highly of Bess, despite his tough game.
"Davone is everything you can ask for, in terms of a guy working at things to be the best he can," Chudzinski said. "He's a pros pro. I have faith in him that he'll make the corrections. I know there are some things from a technical aspect area and sometimes,I think it's from trying to do too much."
Bess has received a lot of support from his teammates, beside the coach.
"I appreciate the support," Bess said. "That they have faith in me to get back on track."
He knows what needs to be done.
"You have to have a short memory and stay positive."
Campbell Named Starter: QB Jason Campbell stepped in and had a good performance in his first start of the season replacing QB Brandon Weeden. Chudzinski named Campbell the starting quarterback for Sunday's game with the Ravens.
"Jason will be the starting quarterback this week," he said. "I thought Jason played very well after looking at the tape. He was able to manage the game, escape and get out of trouble, create some plays and did a good job from a decision making standpoint. He protected the football and he gave us a lift in that game. We were real pleased with the way he played."
Campbell was 22-of-36 for 293 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and a 105.4 rating. He was sacked only once.
"He showed a lot of poise," Bess said. "He did a great job. He stood in the pocket and made some good plays."
Gordon Still in Plans: With the NFL trade deadline arriving Tuesday afternoon, speculation continues to abound that WR Josh Gordon could be traded. Chudzinski was asked if he would say definitely the Browns wouldn't trade Gordon.
"We have no plans on trading any of our guys, including Josh," Chudzinski said. "We're not shopping them."
Gordon has clearly been the Browns best offensive play maker. He had five receptions for 132 yards (26.4 avg.) against the Chiefs. Gordon caught a touchdown for 39 yards and had another reception for 47 yards. On the season, Gordon has 32 receptions for 582 yards with three touchdowns and an 18.1 yards per catch average.
Gordon is the first Browns receiver to have three 100-yard games since Braylon Edwards did so in 2008. Gordon has eight touchdowns in his career, all from 20 yards or longer.
Besides Gordon, TE Jordan Cameron, OL Mtichell Schwartz and WR Greg Little have also been rumored to be possibly traded.
The Lonely 3: Of the 46 players that suited up for Sunday's game with the Chiefs, there was only one player who did not play. Ironically, it was QB Brandon Weeden, who was benched in favor of QB Jason Campbell.