- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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A look at what's happening on the Cleveland Browns' beat:
Wide receiver Josh Gordon said he received a text message from coach Rob Chudzinski reassuring him that there were “no plans” to trade him, according to ESPN Radio in Cleveland. “The fact that he said there wasn’t, I guess it makes me feel a little more comfortable,” Gordon said. “At the same time, anything can happen.”
Hometown quarterback Brian Hoyer, a former Browns season-ticket-holder, is looking forward to starting his first game in Cleveland. "Sure, it means a lot," Hoyer told The Plain Dealer. "I think this is the part when you guys ask me, 'Does it mean more?' Obviously, playing at home with the Cleveland fan base here, it's going to be special, but once they kick that ball off and you're between those white lines, that's what you've got to worry about."
Rookie first-round pick Barkevious Mingo would make his first start if injured linebackers Jabaal Sheard and Quentin Groves can't play. "You know (we're) still waiting to see how everything unfolds (on the injury front), but if I'm called upon I'm going to take the opportunity and run with it." Mingo said during a conference call, via The Plain Dealer. "I can if I'm called upon to do so."
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said his remarks following the Trent Richardson trade -- which sounded like he felt the Browns were a lesser team without the running back -- were taken out of context. "I've never been one to game plan around a position player," Lewis said in a conference call, via The Plain Dealer. "Sometimes players are more athletic than others, sometimes backs have an ability to escape outside like a (Eric) Metcalf used to back in those days, Jamal Lewis' strength and so forth. These are very good NFL players and Cleveland has built a very fine football team, and we've got to play great football come Sunday to have an opportunity to win."
Tight end Jordan Cameron is working hard to remove "basketball player" from his athletic resume. “It is motivation, but frankly, I’m tired of hearing about basketball,” Cameron told the team's official website. “I’m not a basketball player. I’m a football player now, and I guess it helps. Tight ends these days have basketball backgrounds, but I don’t want to be known as a basketball player.”
Browns special adviser Jim Brown rips Mike Holmgren again and calls the Richardson trade a "brilliant move." Here's a transcript of Brown on Showtime's "Inside the NFL."