BEREA — Outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo turned the corner Sunday and blew by undrafted rookie tackle Martin Wallace. Before backup quarterback Jason Campbell could react, Mingo was next to him.
Quarterbacks aren’t allowed to be touched, but that qualified as a sack. And it came in Mingo’s first NFL practice in full pads.
“You’ve got to love hitting if you want to play this game,” said Mingo, the No. 6 pick in April. “You’ve got to love being physical. That’s just what I wanted to come out and show.”
Mingo added a stop of Dion Lewis in a run drill and forced Wallace to hold him on another pass rush.
“He flashed. I saw him getting around the edge on some guys,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “He had a nice counter move on his pass rush. It was a good day to see him and be able to get him in pads. You can see these guys in full speed, finally.”
Mingo, who lined up on both sides, also had plenty of plays where he looked like a rookie, especially when matched against tackle Rashad Butler. The eighth-year veteran controlled Mingo with his arms and was patient enough to handle his second move.
“He’s fast. He’s definitely going to get stronger the older he gets,” said Butler, the second-team left tackle. “But right now, the one thing he does have is speed. He can pressure you upfield. But I’m trying to make him better, and I know he’s trying to get better every day by going against me.”
Is Mingo (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) stronger than he looks?
“Not yet, not yet, but I know over time, he’ll get there,” said Butler, who’s 6-4, 310. “He’s only a young pup. The kid’s only 22, so he’ll get there.”
Going from facing college linemen to NFL linemen is a huge adjustment for a pass rusher.
“There’s a lot of things that guys at the line of scrimmage have to learn about this league,” outside linebackers coach Brian Baker said. “The timing of the passing game, how athletic the offensive linemen are. The NFL’s a different breed.
“In college, you get those big dudes, they tend to chase guys. A good NFL lineman is very patient, he sets on his track, he times his punch, he knows where the quarterback is going to be in the pocket, so he tries to steer you in a direction other than that. So (Mingo’s) got to get a feel for all those things. He’s got to get a feel for how quickly he can get to that sweet spot in the pass rush. You only get that by time in the grass.”
Chudzinski said there was no news on offensive lineman Ryan Miller, who sustained a concussion Saturday. Miller was in the Browns’ facility Sunday for part of the day.
“He is currently in the NFL concussion protocol,” Chudzinski said. “I saw him last night before we got to our nightly meetings.”
The league protocol requires Miller to be consistently evaluated by medical personnel and for him to pass a series of tests before being allowed to return to practice.
Defensive end Desmond Bryant dressed but didn’t practice. Chudzinski said he experienced back spasms and is day-to-day.
Billy Winn took Bryant’s place with the starters.
• Running back Montario Hardesty sat out with a hamstring injury and worked on the side with trainers. He’s day-to-day.
• Free safety Tashaun Gipson suffered a shoulder sprain on a collision with receiver Josh Gordon. Chudzinski said he’s not concerned.
Johnson Bademosi and Josh Aubrey saw reps with the first-team defense in place of Gipson.
• Rookie free safety Jamoris Slaughter wore shorts, didn’t practice and watched intently from behind the drills. He practiced the first three days, his first action since suffering a torn Achilles tendon at Notre Dame.
• Receiver David Nelson competed in team drills for the first time as he continues to come back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He caught a touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer in a red zone drill.
Guard Jason Pinkston made the walk of shame Saturday.
After Pinkston jumped before the snap, Turner yanked him immediately and sent in rookie Caylin Hauptmann. Pinkston had no choice but to join his teammates watching from behind the play.
Chudzinski said the hook was so quick because avoiding false starts was a point of emphasis during that drill.
Pinkston has been working as the second-team left guard. He started the first 22 games of his career before suffering blood clots last season.
John Greco has been the starting left guard, and Shawn Lauvao the right guard.
Joe Haden was among the most popular Browns before serving a four-game suspension at the start of last season for violating the league’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. He was asked if the fans treat him differently now.
“No, I mean, you know how Cleveland fans are,” he said. “At first, it was all bad. It was all bad.
“But then, I just chilled. That’s what it is. I messed up and when I came back, it was the same love. They just embraced me. I went out there and just had to do what I could do on the field. That’s the only way that you can get back.”
Receiver Greg Little jumped over cornerback Chris Owens for a touchdown in a one-on-one drill.
• Fullback Owen Marecic worked with the second team. Tailback Chris Ogbonnaya was used as the fullback in some two-back sets with the starters.
• The undrafted rookies have their names taped to the front of their helmets so the coaches can yell at them by name.
• The Browns will mail season ticket holders bags that meet the NFL’s new, stricter security policy. The small, clear bag will have the Browns logo and arrive in time for the regular-season opener.
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