Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - Much has been made of the Browns’ youth this season.
15 rookies and 27 players with 1 or fewer years of experience.
According to the NFL, The Browns are the shortest, lightest, youngest and least experienced team in AFC.
“That was a new category of stats,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “It was fun to look at. I think you’ve got to look at the players that are playing, not just the rosters. Let’s say for an example, you have a really big, tall guy that doesn’t play. Or you have a really short, little guy like let’s say DeSean Jackson, who plays. I don’t know what to make of that. That will be a fun thing to do here in the offseason.
“Maybe [someone] can work on wins per pound, or wins per inch or whatever. It’s interesting though, it is.”
The average Browns player is 6-foot-1.1, 242.60 pounds, 25.55 years old and has 3.25 years of NFL experience.
“I don’t even know what that stat is for,” receiver Mohamed Massaquoi said. “Nobody’s weight is truly accurate.”
While it may be funny to think about or contemplate, within the locker room it doesn’t mean much. The news actually made a few players laugh including linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.
“No, not at all,” Jackson said of the relevancy of the stats. “What it shows is that they have a lot of time on their hands to come up with something like that. That’s funny.
“That’s hilarious for them to come up with something like that but if they think it’s important, so be it.”
Ready To Play: After running for just 39 yards on 19 carries against the Eagles, Shurmur is hooping for a much more explosive effort this week from Trent Richardson.
“I think it’s fair to say he’ll be better ready to play this week than last,” Shurmur said. “I watch it every time he comes out here, he looks a little bit crisper and smoother.”
Richardson was limited in the week of practice leading up to the Eagles game but has been full go for practice this week. As a result, Shurmur is expecting it to show up Sunday.
“I think running backs do need to get their legs underneath them,” Shurmur said. “Him having missed practice at the outset probably hurt him a little bit. Now, he’s had a chance to practice two weeks fully, I think he’ll start to get back on track.”
Birthday Party: Defensive end Frostee Rucker celebrated his 29th birthday Friday but he is hoping to do his celebrating on Sunday in Cincinnati against his old team.
Rucker joked he’d love a few presents in the form of a Browns win and a few sacks too.
Injury Report: OUT: LB James Michael Johnson (ribs/oblique), DB Ray Ventrone (hand); QUESTIONABLE: OL Oniel Cousins (ankle), OL John Greco (calf), TE Ben Watson (thigh); PROBABLE: LT Joe Thomas (knee), CB Sheldon Brown (neck), TE Jordan Cameron (groin), LB Scott Fujita (knee), C Alex Mack (knee), RB Chris Ogbonnaya (ankle) and RB Trent Richardson (knee) KR/PR Josh Cribbs (knee) and WR Josh Gordon (knee).