July 31, 2014

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Bess expected to be more productive

Brian Dulik

The Gazette

BEREA — Wide receiver Davone Bess has the third-most receptions on the Browns, but he admits that he expected more from himself.

“It hasn’t gone as planned, but the good thing about this league is getting on to the next week,” the sixth-year pro said Friday following practice. “You can put what happened behind you and look forward to the next game.

“You’re not going to have your best days. You’re not going to have your best weeks. It’s about finding that balance and staying consistent and not making the same mistakes over and over again.”

Bess was acquired from the Dolphins during the NFL Draft to give Cleveland a veteran presence at the position. The 28-year-old Hawaii product hasn’t caused any off-the-field distractions — unlike wide receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little — but also hasn’t led by example on the turf.

According to Stats LLC, Bess leads the Browns with five dropped passes, which is tied for the seventh most in the league through seven games. That total includes an early miscue last week in Cleveland’s 31-13 loss at Green Bay.

“Experience helps with that,” said Bess, who has 25 catches for 234 yards and zero touchdowns. “It’s happened before, and I’m sure that won’t be the last time it happens. That’s the nature of this game. It’s about bouncing back. It’s about making the most of your next opportunity.”

Bess figures to have plenty of chances for redemption Sunday when the Browns battle the undefeated Chiefs in Kansas City. With fellow veteran Jason Campbell taking over at quarterback, it’s natural for him to trust a proven wideout more than inconsistent youngsters.

Though Bess is averaging a career-low 9.4 yards per reception and is on pace for his worst yardage total as a pro, he believes brighter days are ahead for Cleveland’s sputtering offense and coach Rob Chudzinski.

“Jason’s (71 NFL starts) mean a lot,” Bess said. “You can’t coach experience. He’s seen a lot, played a lot of football. Now, it’s time to relax and just let it loose.”

Injury update

Browns linebacker Quentin Groves (left ankle sprain) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful to play against the Chiefs. He missed three games earlier this season with a similar injury.

Defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps), who has sat out four contests since being hurt Sept. 22 at Minnesota, is questionable.

“It’s up to Coach Chud and the training staff and what they want to do, but I do feel like I’m ready,” Winn said. “I’ve been bored just sitting there and watching all the guys have all this fun. Not being able to be out there, it kills me.”

Running back Willis McGahee (knee), fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (ribs), linebacker Tank Carder (neck), cornerback Chris Owens (finger), linebacker Brandon Magee (oblique) and defensive end Armonty Bryant (shoulder) participated in all team activities and are probable.

l Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (groin) did not practice and appears unlikely to play. He was limited Thursday after aggravating his injury Wednesday during practice.

Bowe and safety Kendrick Lewis (ankle) are both listed as questionable.

Probable are tight end Anthony Fasano (knee, ankle), linebacker Derrick Johnson (wrist), cornerback Ron Parker (toe), linebacker Dezman Moses (toe), fullback Anthony Sherman (knee, calf) and guard Jeff Allen (knee, groin).

No pity party

Chudzinski has not been dealt an easy hand in his first head coaching job, but he is taking it all in stride — even after changing quarterbacks for the third time in eight weeks.

“It really comes with the territory,” he said. “I’ve been through enough things during the course of my career. Anything can happen, and you have to expect any situation. It’s really not all about what happens, it’s about how we respond and how I respond.

“Ultimately, that’s the most important thing in terms of the team.”

With a 3-4 record and .429 winning percentage, Chudzinski is the most successful Browns coach since Bill Belichick went 36-44 from 1991-95. The last Cleveland coach to finish his career with a winning record was Marty Schottenheimer, who went 44-27 from 1984-88.

Extra points

Browns linebacker Eric Martin was fined $7,875 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness on a special teams play against the Packers. Safety Tashaun Gipson was not docked pay for his shoulder-to-helmet hit on Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley.

l Bookmaker Bovada has set the over/under figures for Cleveland quarterback Jason Campbell at 200.5 yards, 1.5 touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions against Kansas City.

l Browns guard Garrett Gilkey happily sang the chorus from “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” as he cleaned up after practice. The popular tune is performed by the Norwegian duo Ylvis.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.