BEREA, Ohio – Mike Adams has worked his way into being one of the more valuable players on the Cleveland Browns. He started at safety and at cornerback last season. In other words, he can play just about everywhere in the secondary.
“That’s my MO, now,” Adams said. “I just have to be ready. Wherever they put me, whether it’s at nickel, dime, corner, or at safety.
Adams says there are two sides to being versatile.
“It’s good,” he said. “There are pros and cons. For the most part it’s the best thing that ever happened to me. With me playing a lot of positions I can go right in there.
“It’s like, ‘What happened? Put Mike in.”
Adams has been splitting his time between cornerback and safety, but he’s listed on the Browns current depth chart as the backup to Abram Elam at safety.
“So far, it’s been split 50-50,” he said of his practice time. “I’m also doing some in the slot on the inside. Trying to keep it balanced so when it comes down to it, I’ll be ready.”
With injuries to Brandon McDonald and Eric Wright, Adams might be called upon to play more cornerback. Adams had 61 tackles last year, as well as 10 tackles on special teams.
Adams is happy with his role and the direction the Browns are heading.
“No question, I’m happy where we’re at because we’re doing nothing but progressing,” he said. “We want to keep the winning streak and the momentum going we had last year at the end.”
Injuries Mounting: CB Eric Wright (upper leg) left the field with a heavy wrap on his leg. LB Marcus Benard and DL Brian Schaefering also were taken to the locker room during the morning practice with undisclosed injuries. OL Tony Pashos (shoulder), DB Brandon McDonald (undisclosed), LB David Bowens and LB Titus Brown did not practice, as well as the PUP players.
With Wright out, Haden stepped in at left cornerback with the starting unit and is expected to start if Wright is unable to go. Mangini said he didn’t know the severity of Wright’s injury.
Haden says he’s ready for the challenge.
“I feel good about it because I get to play against the ones,” Haden said. “That will help my game to get a whole lot better.
“I’m real excited anytime I can get on the field.”
Mangini said Pashos probably wouldn’t practice Tuesday afternoon and probably will miss one or two practices, but didn’t rule him out of Saturday’s game.
“We would want to make sure he was ready before he was put in the game.”
With Pashos out, John St. Clair was at right tackle and Floyd Womack at right guard.
“The best way to make a case for yourself is to be on the field,” Mangini said. “I think Tony will be back later this week.”
Mangini said that St. Clair has been doing some good things.
“He’s had a pretty consistent camp,” Mangini said. “That whole group has worked well together.”
St. Clair was victimized by Elvis Dumerville for three sacks in week two last season against the Broncos.
“That game was early and a lot of people didn’t appreciate Dumerville at that time,” Mangini said.
Tweetin’: Joe Haden posted a tweet about a fine that took place in a team meeting when a cell phone went off.
Mangini had just spoken to the team about being careful in light of Brandon McDonald’s recent post that was all over the media regarding Bengals’ WR Terrell Owens.
“I talked to him and he said make sure I wasn’t trying to tell anybody our business,” Haden said. “I apologized for dong it and he said let’s move on.”
Mangini said the social media is somewhat challenging.
“I think our social media policy is a work in progress.”
Depth Chart: The Browns released their first depth chart. Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie are listed as the wide receivers and Floyd Womack is listed as the starting right guard with John St. Clair the starting right tackle.
On defense, Ahtba Rubin is listed as the starting nose tackle with Matt Roth and Scott Fujita as the starting outside linebackers and D’Qwell Jackson and Chris Gocong as the inside linebackers. T.J. Ward is the only rookie listed as a starter and he’s at safety opposite of Abram Elam.
Mangini has brought up Ward in each of the past two days without being asked.
“I think T.J. is continuing to improve,” he said. “He’s grasping the information. I am looking forward to seeing him play. Part of his charm is the way he is able to hit and tackle in live action."