Ummm...sure the Northeast Ohio Browns media were in the locker room this afternoon, but it resembled something out of an episode of The X-Files. Many players were mysteriously missing. Yes, we know that the problem lies in the fact that they lost this past Sunday, but as one person in the room observed: "You're here when you win and you want the love; where are you when you lose and it's not going to be as easy?"
Indeed. But props to those who came around to talk.
Among the missing, however was wide receiver Braylon Edwards who looks to have gone on a media boycott since last week when a news report on WOIO (Channel 19) revealed that Edwards received a verbal warning after being stopped for doing 120-miles-per-hour in a 65-miles-per-hour zone a few weeks back in Avon Lake. The report caused the Avon P.D. to issue a citation weeks after the fact.
That doesn't explain Edwards' woeful start to the begining of the season that he needs to place in context for Cleveland Browns fans. The guy has five receptions for 46 yards in two games. That's borderline pathetic. His teammates, especially quarterback Derek Anderson hasn't lost faith in him, however.
(I'm going to) keep plugging along, keep throwing him the ball. I've got confidence in him he's going to catch it. Just keep working. He's going to be fine. As much as (everyone) keeps drilling him about it, he's going to be all right.
He's working. We had a good work week last week. Every day after practice we were getting balls and catching it and feeling really good about it. We're going to continue to do that and he's going to be all right.
Of course, it would help if the Browns had a dependable receiver to work in with Edwards and tight end Kellen Winslow. Donte Stallworth was supposed to be that guy. If you spent any amount of time in training camp you could see that offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski had a nice package that included short passes in space to give Stallworth room to work in place. The wide receiver said he would like to return for Sunday's contest against the Baltimore Ravens.
I’m hoping that I can get out there. I don’t want to be out there and let my pride get in the way of me thinking I can go out there and can’t and in reality hurt the team more than I would like to. It’s a matter of me being able to contribute as opposed to being out there and injurying myself again or hurting the team at all.
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