Berea—Some fans feared the worst.
When fans heard that Kellen Winslow, Jr. had hired Drew Rosenhaus as his agent many expected a holdout from the fourth-year tight end—especially after missing the voluntary OTAs.
But Winslow erased those fears as he reported on time and ready to go.
“I don’t want to be a distraction to the team,” Winslow said. “I’m not that type of guy. I don’t see myself as that type of guy. My job is to play football.”
Winslow said he intends to be a Browns player for along time.
“You have to focus on your job,” Winslow said. “I want to be a Cleveland Brown for a long time. I’m under contract to play. It’s up to them if they want to (re-do the contract). My job is to play.”
Winslow feels that he had a reputation coming out of college and feels he has matured.
“Coming out of college, I think I was viewed in a different light,” he said. “You have to grow up sometime. I’m 25 now, married and feel I’ve grown up some.”
Romeo Crennel agreed.
“We all go through a maturation process,” Crennel said. “He’s settled down and has a better understanding of the team process.
“He’s a talent and I’m glad to have him on the team.”
Winslow is under contract for three years. He made the Pro Bowl last season after catching 82 passes for 1,106 yards, including five touchdowns. In 2006, Winslow tied Ozzie Newsome for the most receptions in club history in one season with 89.
Yet, he thinks he can do more.
“I feel I can be a lot better,” Winslow said. “I left a lot on the field. I could’ve done better. I think I could have caught 100 balls last year.
“I want to be better than I was last year,” he said. “I’m trying to be the best player I can be.”
Winslow has thrived in the system under offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
“He’s doing a lot,” he said. “He’s the hardest working coach I’ve seen. He’s our captain out there. It’s our job to make it happen.”
With the injury to Joe Jurevicius, Winslow is versatile enough to be used in the third receiver set, if necessary.
“We moved him around last year,” Crennel said. “We’re able to do that this year, as well.”
Winslow is excited for the 2008 to arrive.
“I said last year that we would surprise some teams and we did,” he said. “We need to build on that and win the division.”
Williams,D-Line Meshing: DL Corey Williams feels he will have no trouble adjusting to the 3-4 scheme of the Browns after playing in the 4-3 with the Packers.
“The defense is different, but I came here to play football,” he said. “We’re going to have a good defense.
“I’m still learning the 3-4, but feel it will work well.”
“He’s doing well,” he said. “He has a knack for getting off of blocks. I have a feeling that he will be a pretty good player in our system. He has innate quickness and is able to separate from blocks.”
Fellow lineman Shaun Smith thinks the unit will be exciting.
“The whole defense is confident, but we also are as a group,” he said. “We just ready to line up and play the game.”
Tuck Talks: OL Ryan Tucker spoke to reporters for a few moments after the morning practice. He injured his hip during the OTAs and had surgery to repair the hip. He was placed on the active-physically unable to play (PUP) list Wednesday.
“It feels good,” Tucker said. “I’m not a doctor, but I’m not going to rush it.”
Tucker was asked if he expected to be ready for the season opener with the Cowboys.
“Yes, and hopefully sooner.”
Tucker said he’s hoping to see some action in the preseason.
Wired: The NFL is allowing a defensive player to have a receiver in their helmet to receive signals from the coaching staff. Crennel said the players would start using the device later this week. He said most likely LBs Andra Davis or Leon Williams would have the receiver.