Friday, September 27, 2013
Browns links: 'Not scared' of A.J. Green
By Jamison Hensley
A look at what's happening on the Cleveland Browns beat:
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is the most talented player in the AFC North and he's won his recent matchups with Joe Haden. But the Browns cornerback said he isn't worried about covering Green on Sunday. "It's not like we’re scared," Haden told The Plain Dealer. "They have to plan for us, too. It’s not all about what they’re doing, it’s about what we’re gonna do to them. We have to come out and be aggressive and put hits on people. He’s really, really talented, but you've got T.J. [Ward] and [Tashaun] Gipson over the top, lurking, ready to come across the middle if he comes across the middle."
Willis McGahee expects "dramatic improvement" in the Browns' rushing attack on Sunday. After one practice with the Browns last week, McGahee rushed eight times for only 9 yards. “Oh, we’re going to have more than  yards rushing," McGahee told The Akron Beacon Journal. "Don’t worry about that. That’s going to be an improvement. It’s [about] me getting familiar with the [offensive linemen], learning how they do things, how they attack and handle certain situations.”
Rookie first-round pick Barkevious Mingo is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday, according to ESPN Radio in Cleveland. This landmark game for Mingo will come against Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who has been a mentor of sorts to him. Both attended the same high school (in West Monroe, La.) and college (LSU), although not at the same time.
Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas will reach 100 consecutive starts on Sunday. Here's the full story in The Plain Dealer.