Browns Weekend Nuggets

Tackling the Right Tackle position

The situation at right tackle is not where the Browns want it or need it at this time. The reality is that Tony Pashos will not play this week, and as offensive line coach George Warhop said this week, he may not be back for quite some time.

“We’re waiting on Tony to find out what his status is. We should know that over the next couple of weeks.”

In the week one debacle against Cincinnati Coach Pat Shurmur played Oniel Cousins and Artis Hicks “quarters.” Cousins got the start, played the first and third quarters, while Hicks got the second and fourth.

Hicks had a decidedly better game than Cousins on Sunday, and apparently a better week of practice too, because Shurmur said that Hicks will start at right tackle against the Colts.  Cousins, however, will see some playing time.

“I was really impressed with how he played last week,” said Warhop about Hicks’ effort in week 1.

One thing that I absolutely love is that every time I am in the locker room Oniel Cousins and Artis Hicks are knee deep in their playbooks, conversing about protection schemes.

Freeney vs Thomas

Three years ago Dwight Freeney ate Joe Thomas’ lunch. The Browns lost 10-6, and the only touchdown that they gave up was on a play where Freeney bull rushed Thomas into Derek Anderson forcing a fumble, which Robert Mathis returned for a touchdown.

Thomas is a proud man and has developed into arguably the best left tackle in the league. He certainly remembers that game and will be looking to rewrite history on Sunday.

Carlton Mitchell ready to go

I spoke with Carlton Mitchell and he told me that his finger is fine and the reason he was not active last Sunday was not due to his injury. He said he feels like he is getting back into the flow of the offense in practice, and whenever the coaches call his number he will be ready.

I would not be surprised if he is available and gets some time this week. The receiving corps was very underwhelming against the Begals, and Doach Shurmur said on Monday that there will be some “grouping changes” at the wide receiver position.

Mitchell is a big bodied receiver with speed and good hands. The fact that he was very limited in reps during training camp kept him out of the gameplan up to this point. I think the Browns could use him in the passing game. He is one of the young guys the Browns are hoping can grab ahold of a receiver job this season.

Mike Adams’ landmark

Sunday will mark the 100th game for safety Mike Adams. When Adams was first informed of the landmark, the reporters who were with him said that he became emotional and had to walk away from the interview. Adams confirmed that sentiment today.

“At first when I got the news it was bit overwhelming.”

In a league where players usually only last 3 seasons Mike Adams set a goal to play 10 seasons. His versatility and diligence in the film room have made him the type of guy any defense would love on its roster.

Haden playing sides

Joe Haden and Sheldon Browns play “sides” at the cornerback position. This means that no matter who lines up against them, they stay on the right or left side. Coach Shurmur said today that if the situation dictated it, he would consider putting Joe Haden on Reggie Wayne no matter where Wayne lined up.

In just his second season Haden has become one of the top tier cornerbacks in the NFL. Shurmur said earlier this week that Haden is very tough to throw against in practice.  Haden says that’s where it all starts.

“I’m showing it in practice. Any catches on me there I get upset about.”

With five pass deflections last week, Haden was a lot of momentum heading into week two.

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