Berea – Meet Ross Tucker--the newest candidate to be the Browns starting
The Browns acquired Tucker in a trade with the Patriots on Tuesday and he’s
raring to go.
“Anytime you’re a player in the league you want the opportunity,” Tucker said.
“It’s an outstanding opportunity for me and I hope to make the most of it.”
Tucker doesn’t think it will take him long to pick up the Browns offense as it
is similar to New England’s.
“I heard a lot about RAC and (offensive line coach/assistant head coach) Jeff
Davidson and I was excited to come here,” he said. “The offensive line calls
are similar to New England’s because the coaches came from there.”
Crennel thinks Tucker will be used against the Lions on Friday night.
“We’ll probably mix him in some,” he said. “He should be able to pick up the
offense pretty well and we’ll try to work him in there.”
“I hope to play Friday night,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll make a good first
Undrafted rookie free agent center Rob Smith injured his ankle against the
Eagles and he’s in a boot. Crennel said Smith could miss a couple of weeks.
Crennel said it’s hard to judge a guy with just one day of practice under his
belt, but in the situation the Browns are in, he’s a welcome sight.
“Ross has had one day of practice with us,” Crennel said. “He does have a little
NFL experience, but only time will tell how he does. In the situation we’re in
now, he fits in pretty good as he’ll be either one or two with us. He has good
size and has some experience and we’ll see how he does.”
Crennel had some positive comments for Alonzo Ephraim, who started against the
Eagles and played the first half.
“I thought he hung in there pretty well for his first time out there,” Crennel
said. “He was able to hang in there. He did a decent job for just coming in.”
Tucker has been in the league for six years and he thinks this is the
opportunity that he’s been waiting for.
“I’ve been around long enough to know that nothing is taken for granted,” he
said. “A lot of time in the NFL it’s being in the right place at the right time.
I can’t wait for Friday night.”
Cornerback Getting Thin: The cornerback situation is starting
to be an area of some concern as Gary Baxter injured his pectoral muscle and
most likely won’t play the rest of the preseason. He said he’ll be ready for the
opener. Daylon McCutcheon (knee) is also expected to be ready for the season
opener after having arthroscopic surgery.
“The cornerback situation is what training camp is all about,” Crennel said. “It
allows everyone to show what they can do. A guy like Antonio Perkins will get an
“(Davin) Holly and (Jereme) Perry get chances as guys get nicked up they get
Crennel said Perkins and Pete Hunter would have the best chance to fill in for
Baxter right now.
“Perkins had a string of a couple days of good practices,” he said. “(Jereme)
Perry and (Davin) Holly have shown a little. Ralph Brown just got here and he’s
trying to show what he can do. We’re looking for consistency in guys, who can
string some good days together.”
Crennel said he doesn’t feel the situation at cornerback is as critical as it
was at center.
“We’ll have to see how it goes as far as Pete,” he said. “If anyone is ahead, it
will be Perkins. There’s not as much urgency to go get someone because we’re
getting Daylon and Baxter back. If guys here don’t show anything than maybe
we’ll have to go get someone.”
“Baxter’s shoulder or pectoral should be OK in time,” Crennel said. “He needs no
surgery or ‘scope.”
Willie Misses: LB Willie McGinest was excused from practice,
according to Crennel. He was asked if he was physically fine.
“To my knowledge, he’s OK.”