Coach Kevin Stefansky refused to delve further into the reasons for disciplining Winfrey, who was knocked out in the fourth round from Oklahoma. Stefansky also declined to comment on his situation on Sunday home opener against the New York Jets.
Defensive end Miles Garrett said the issue was evolving over time. Nor did he mention the cause of the problem with Winfrey.
“It was very general knowledge,” Garrett said. “And it was easy to see. It wasn’t like we had to get his attention. It was just, and his actions were so obvious.”
Garrett was named one of Brown’s captains for five seasons. He also shares the position room with Winfrey, the 108th player ever recorded in the draft.
Given the issues that appeared to arise regarding Winfrey, it was not necessary for the players to raise the issue when it came.
“I think we should all get up and say something, but sometimes silence is louder than words,” Garrett said. “And we used our voice a few times and at the end of the day he has to learn to be a professional and Kevin took it into his own hands and he felt it was the right thing to do and I am behind the actions of my entire coach.”
Jack Conklin is listed as questionable, and Chris Hubbard against the New York Jets
Brown continues to list Jack Conklin’s correct technique as questionable as he recovers from a torn patellar tendon last year. Stefansky noted that the plan remained the same for Conklin, who has yet to play a game since picking up an injury on November 28 in Baltimore.
Conklin had an intense workout about two hours before the opening game in Carolina, along with teammate Chris Hubbard. Both were inactive for that game.
“I think it’s really, really close,” Stefansky said of Conklin. “We’ll let the next 48 hours decide where we go.”
“When he’s ready, he’ll play,” Stefanski said only when asked if the short week between Sunday’s game and Thursday night’s game against Pittsburgh would play any factor in the decision.
Hubbard has already been disqualified from Sunday’s against the Jets. He was suffering from an illness.
Gates QB Zach Wilson Officially Out, TCG Ozuma Doubtful To Face Brown
Gates has officially ruled out midfielder Zach Wilson as he continues to recover from a pre-season knee injury. Wilson has been limited to practice all week, and Joe Flacco was always expected to start Sunday.
Tight end CJ Uzomah did not train on Friday due to a hamstring injury. Uzuma, a former Cincinnati Bengal player, was listed as suspect in the match.
Listed as questionable for the Jets: receiver Braxton Berrios (heel), attacking lineman George Fante (knee), defensive lineman John Franklin Myers (toe), contractor Braden Mann (back) and safety Jordan Whitehead (ankle).
Brown’s defensive line deals with passes
One of the ways Brown affected Carolina’s defensive line was how they were able to hit the balls. They proved it in the first play, when Jadeveon Clowney was parried with a pass from Baker Mayfield.
Clooney had two such deviations. Brown had seven total deflections, five of which came from a defensive line.
“I feel like hitting passes are getting overlooked compared to sacks,” said Alex Wright, a rising defensive end, who had one pass during his debut. “Sacks can bring all the energy and what not. Hitting passes, and that totally helps the team. That can come in handy and work in situations you never know. Like, like, a corner kick that got hit or something like that. You, By hitting the ball down, it helps him out, and helps the team live to fight another from the same distance.”
Defense line coach Chris Kevin said that part of preparing for a particular match includes trying to figure out where the quarterback is shooting the ball. So the way they dealt with Mayfield last week may be different than the way they dealt with Jets midfielder Joe Flacco.
This knowledge goes straight into how liner workers manage to get their hands on the fairways.
“I’ve learned as a young coach how important hitting passes are and how important they are to defending,” Kevin said. “Really, it’s a dead attack game, so it’s critical. We repeat it. We repeat it on the sled. We try to match the hand when the hand goes off and you’re stuck in the lunge. Just something that we preach constantly. … It affects the game, and we’ll keep playing. On that no matter what kind of middle we play. We always try to hit the balls.”
Browns’ tight schedule may affect rotations against planes
There were a number of Browns’ key players who did not play in any of the three pre-season games. This made the Carolina opener the start of their game for the season.
These players had a normal preparation week ahead of Sunday’s opener at home against the Jets, but there won’t be that time between games next week. The Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.
This can have an effect on rotations in some situations, such as a back corner, against planes.
“I think we’re just trying to be aware of some players who haven’t played a ton in pre-season and then Thursday night’s game is about to happen,” Stefanski said. “That’s something we talked about. You might do that in this game, maybe not.”
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This article originally appeared in Akron Beacon: Perrion Winfrey is absent due to disciplinary reasons for Browns