BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Help is on the way.
The Browns’ maligned receiving corps will be getting some help in the form of Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon in the coming weeks if all goes according to plan.
Coleman was designated to return from injured reserve by the Browns on Monday and he participated in portions of the team’s first practice following the bye week. He is eligible to play Nov. 19th against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“He looked fast to me,” head coach Hue Jackson said laughing following Monday’s practice. “He looked fast. He could catch. He can run. Sometimes you forget how talented he is because he hasn’t been out there in a while, but it was good to have Corey back out there. Hopefully he will do a little bit more on Wednesday, do a little bit more on Thursday and hopefully, we can get him back out there next week.”
Coleman, selected 15th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, broke a bone in his right hand in the fourth quarter of a 24-10 loss at Baltimore on Sept. 17. He had surgery on the 19th and was placed on IR.
Gordon, who was conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week, is due to report to the team on Tuesday and begin a 4-week process to return to the field by Dec. 3 when the Browns travel to L.A. to take on the Chargers.
“We are going to give him another opportunity,” Jackson said of Gordon. “He has done everything right to get himself into the National Football League, and that is where I have to leave it at this point, but we will discuss things that were said.”
Through 8 games, 8 players have combined to account for 71 catches, 845 yards and 2 touchdowns at the wide-out position.
Might Get Manning, Not Dungy – Rumors of Peyton Manning coming to Cleveland to work for Jimmy and Dee Haslam continue to swirl and Monday the future Hall of Famer’s former coach did little to douse them.
During an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, current NBC studio analyst and former Colts head coach Tony Dungy was asked about Manning’s future – and it possibly being in Cleveland.
“I tend to think he’s in the front office somewhere,” Dungy responded when Patrick asked him where he thought Manning would be in 5 years. “Cleveland Browns,” Patrick followed. “I don’t know that,” Dungy said as he shook his head. “Somewhere.”
When pressed on the Browns Dungy said, “I’ve talked to Peyton about what he wants to do and he’s balancing TV and going into what we do versus front office. He loves football, he loves that day-to-day interaction but I think he knows in his heart if he goes to a team it’s going to be 20 hours a day.”
Dungy would consider following Manning wherever he lands. “I think he’ll be great. He spent a lot of time around Bill Polian…If Peyton Manning called and said ‘would you be in my organization’ I would have to think about it.”
But not Cleveland
“I don’t think I could get my wide to move to Cleveland,” Dungy said. “They’d have to move the team. Cleveland could move to Clearwater, Florida then we could do that.”
Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown declined to comment on the Manning rumors Monday.
“You shouldn’t read into it one way,” Brown said. “Even if we were, we wouldn’t comment on it here. That is how I would leave it.”
Don’t Ask, I Won’t Tell – Jackson was in no mood to discuss the failed trade for Bengals backup QB AJ McCarron or the fallout related to it since.
“I am not going to take any questions about anything that happened here last week,” Jackson said during his opening remarks. “You may try; I am not going to answer, I am going to be very honest with you. What I want to talk about is our football team. We have eight games left to play. Myself and our coaching staff, we came here to win, and we are all accountable to getting that done, trying to win. That is what my focus is and what my staff’s focus is – let’s go find a way to win a game this week.”
Earlier in the day Brown fielded questions from reporters for nearly 26 minutes which is why Jackson absolved himself of doing the same.
“I think Sashi addressed all of that,” Jackson said. “What I’m going to do, like I said, I am going to focus on coaching this football team and getting this team to win, getting our coaches better, getting our players better and find a way to win football games.”
Getting Healthy – Rookie safety Jabrill Peppers (toe) and defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (groin) returned to practice Monday along with Coleman (hand).
“I think every guy that missed the game was in a part of practice today so we will see exactly where they are as we go throughout the week, but it was good to have everybody back out there and contributing,” Jackson said. “It was a good first day to have everybody back.”