BEREA—What a way to start training camp.
Tony Pashos disclosed to the OBR following Thursday’s practice that the reason he missed the first several days of practice was because of a bout with food poisoning.
“I didn’t expect to start out camp that way, but unfortunately I had that food poisoning,” Pashos said.
The 6-foot-6, 326-pound eight-year veteran from Illinois was signed in the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Many feel he will be the starting right tackle. However, after the less than auspicious start, Pashos is in the rotation at right tackle and right guard.
“There’s a tremendous opportunity with the Browns,” Pashos said.
Pashos has played with the Ravens, Jaguars and 49ers before joining the Browns. In his career the majority of his starts have been at right tackle. Last year, after signing as an unrestricted free agent with the 49ers, he was injured and missed the final 11 games.
“Last year, was a total bummer,” he said. “I get to San Francisco and things get rolling and then I break my shoulder. The injury itself didn’t require surgery, but it took my out for the season.”
Pashos has been apart of successful offensive lines with the Ravens and the Jaguars. In his last season with the Ravens (2006), he started all 16 games at right tackle and the Ravens ranked second in the NFL for fewest sacks allowed. After joining the Jaguars the following season as a free agent, he started 15 games at right tackle and helped the Jags rank second in the NFL in rushing with an average of 149.4 yards per game.
“We were rolling in Jacksonville and Baltimore,” Pashos said. “I want to get things rolling here. I want to get back to the playoffs and get that (Super Bowl) ring.”
If Pashos starts at right tackle, he most likely will be paired with veteran Floyd ‘Pork Chop’ Womack or rookie Shawn Lauvao. He says he doesn’t know how it will shake out, but is comfortable with whatever the lineup ends up to be.
“I can’t really see the future, but the more repetition we get together as the offensive line and offense the better we’ll be,” he said. “Shawn is a tremendous player who has a lot in front of him and “Chop” (Womack) is a very quality player. I can play with both of them.”
Davis Gets Reps: With running back Montario Hardesty (knee) and Peyton Hillis (leg) missing practices, last year’s preseason phenom James Davis has been getting more reps.
“I want to go out and prove people wrong, and that I can still play,” he said after practice. “I got injured last year, so I ended up missing the whole year.”
Davis said up until last year’s season-ending shoulder injury, he had missed very little time in his career.
“That was the first time I had ever been injured and been out so long.”
Cribbs-to-Seneca: One of the highlights of Thursday’s practice occurred when wide receiver Josh Cribbs took a direct snap and threw a touchdown pass to quarterback Seneca Wallace.
Commish Speaks: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with the local media and didn’t shed any new information on possible suspensions for defensive linemen Shaun Rogers and Robaire Smith.
“The court case is under review but I don’t have any new information,” he said. “I haven’t sat down with my staff to go over it.”
Goodell was asked if Rogers helping get a drunk driver off the road was something that would work in his favor.
“I think it’s a great example of a young man making a mistake and then doing some good things.”
Goodell also said he hadn’t yet met with the Browns team.
In other topics, he was asked about a possible work stoppage next year.
“We’re going to work day and night to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Goodell said. “We should all be working together to get a deal done.”
He was asked how he sees the Browns this season.
“I think what Coach Holmgren has brought to this area and this team will bring a vastly improved team this year.”
He also was asked about the reason to go to 18 games, with two preseason games, instead of the present system.
“It’s the quality of the product,” he said. “The fans want to see the players play.”