Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Running back Willis McGahee would’ve liked a more impressive return to the NFL last week.
But he came away with a win which works just as well for him.
McGahee ran for 9 yards on 8 carries in his Browns debut in last week’s 31-27 win over the Vikings.
“It’s exactly what I expected,” McGahee said. “I’ve been home, haven’t been in football for like six, seven months, things like that. So that’s what I expected. I got a good 9-yard run in, so I was happy with that.”
A full week of practice in the Browns offense should help Sunday when he and the Browns take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
“It makes a big difference,” McGahee said. “Because you know, right now, we’re going through the walk through today, I was communicating with the coaches and everything and they were like ‘Hey, good job,’ and everything. It just takes time. It woulda been great if I could go out there and did my thing last week. But hey, we got the W and that’s all that counts.”
The Browns are handling the run game by committee so McGahee will continue to share carries with Chris Ogbonnaya and Bobby Rainey.
The trio ran for just 49 yards on 14 carries at Minnesota.
So can it work?
“It can. It has its ups and downs,” McGahee said. “At the end of the day, if that’s what they want to do, that’s what we’re doing. You can’t be that one back every down anymore in this league. It has changed. Some of us can still do it but at the end of the day it’s still better to have a rotation going in because it’s less stress on everybody’s body.”
Before he blew out his knee last season in Denver, McGahee was on his way to a 1,000 yard season and he feels there is plenty of gas left in the tank.
“No doubt about it,” McGahee said. “I’m the last of a dying breed. Don’t think there are no more familiar like me. At the end of the day, I’m gonna go out there and play. You got a lot of young guys and I’m really not the big vocal talker. You gotta go out there and lead by example.
“Once they see I’m not gonna down on the first hit, things like that, they can feed off of that and we can go from there.”
Balancing Act – Brian Hoyer threw it 54 times last week against Minnesota.
Sure the Browns won but that’s not exactly what offensive coordinator Norv Turner admitted that he would like to see offensively.
“I don’t think we want to throw the ball that many times,” Turner said. “We’re on the road in Minnesota with their pass rush and everything that was going on; that’s not what we want to do. Some of it we got into a couple two-minute situations end of game and the half. We’re working hard to get balance.”
While Turner’s offense relies heavily on the passing game and despite the trade of Trent Richardson last week, he isn’t turning the Browns into a one-dimensional team.
“No question, we want to run the ball,” Turner said. “If you don’t have balance, it’s going to get you in the end and we’re working hard at that.”
Lauvao Hopeful – Right guard Shawn Lauvao hopes to make his season debut Sunday.
“Honestly, I feel a little rusty because I’ve been out for a while,” Lauvao said. “It’s gonna be sore, for sure.”
Lauvao has been splitting time with the first-team offense at practice this week as he works his way back. Although anxious to return, he’s not going to overdue it if he’s not ready.
“You try to be smart, but at the same time, you want to be out there,” Lauvao said. “It’s tough. But like anything, football is 100 percent injuries, so you want to make sure when you come back you’re ready.”
Lauvao was carted off the field Aug. 5 and has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain. He also had a minor procedure to clean up his ankle as well.
Adding To The Legends – The Browns will induct former linebacker Galen Fiss and guard Abe Gibron into the Cleveland Browns Legends during the Browns-Bengals game at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, the team announced Thursday.
LB Galen Fiss (1956-65) – Two-time Pro Bowl selection (1963-64)…Helped Browns compile 84-4-1 record (.667), reach the playoffs four times, win three division titles and claim 1964 league championship…Registered 13 interceptions…Played in 139 games…Drafted by Cleveland in the 13th round (No. 155 overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft…Attended University of Kansas…Native of Johnson, Kansas.
G Abe Gibron (1950-56) – Two-time all-league honoree (1954-55)…Four-time Pro Bowl selection (1953-56)…Played in 84 games…Helped Browns compile a 63-20-1 record (.756), claim six consecutive division titles and win three league championships…Blocked for Pro Football Hall of Famers Otto Graham and Marion Motley…Served as head coach of the Chicago Bears from 1972-74…Attended Purdue University…Native of Michigan City, Indiana.
The Cleveland Browns Legends boasts 54 members.
Injury Report – DNP: K Billy Cundiff (quad), QB Brandon Weeden (thumb), OLB Jabaal Sheard (knee), OLB Quentin Groves (ankle), DE Billy Winn (quad); LIMTED: RG Oniel Cousins (chest), RG Shawn Lauvao (ankle); FULL PARTICIPATION: DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), WR Josh Gordon (ankle) DE Ahtyba Rubin (calf)
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