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Browns optimistic about CB Justin Gilbert improving
|by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com|
|(4/6/15) Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil is optimistic that second-year corner Justin Gilbert will improve his play in 2015, according to the team's official website.
“I know he's working hard,” O’Neil said. “I'm looking forward to getting him back and see where he's at two weeks from now. I'm very optimistic for Justin in Year 2.”
Head coach Mike Pettine spoke about how Gilbert has been working out with teammate Joe Haden this offseason.
“We’ve gotten very positive feedback on how his offseason is going,” coach Mike Pettine said at last month’s owners meetings. “And like every other player, we are very much looking forward to getting him in town in April and we’ll see the progress that he’s made. I thought it was great of him to go seek out Joe. I know Joe works hard in the offseason down in Miami. It was good to see it.”
Gilbert, the eighth overall draft pick last season, finished his rookie year with 29 total tackles and one interception.
Browns CB Joe Haden on Justin Gilbert: 'He is growing up'
|(3/5/15) Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been working out with cornerback Justin Gilbertthis offseason. Haden is serving as a mentor on and off the field to the young cornerback. Gilbert has his struggles on the field as a rookie in 2014.
"He is growing up," Haden said, per the team's official website. "Justin's a very, very talented player. It's just going to take a little bit of time."
Gilbert, who was the eighth overall pick in last year's draft, was benched during the season in favor of fourth-round selection Pierre Desir and undrafted rookie K'Waun Williams.Despite his struggles, coach Mike Pettine believes in Gilbert's ability at cornerback.
"We've definitely seen flashes of his ability, and we've seen it in games as well," Pettine said in December. "I could make a 20-play cut-up of him where he'd look like one of the elite corners in the league, and I could make another 20-play cut-up where you wouldn't take him until Day 3 of the draft. In this league, it's all about being consistent."
As a rookie, Gilbert started two games. He totaled 29 tackles and one interception -- a pick-six of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Browns' Mike Pettine: CB Justin Gilbert has 'personal' issue
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(2/18/15) Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert had a tough time adjusting the NFL in his first season.
His maturity was a concern throughout his rookie campaign, with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam saying Gilbert needed to "grow up" recently. However, coach Mike Pettine was a little more forgiving to Gilbert when speaking to reporters at the NFL combine on Wednesday.
"It's more than that," Pettine said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I don't want to get into it. It's very personal and I'm not going to get into details about it."
Gilbert was suspended for Cleveland's season-finale due to tardiness. His on-field performance didn't help as he did not seem ready for early playing time. He finished the year with 29 tackles and one interception.
Jimmy Haslam: CB Justin Gilbert 'clearly needs to mature'
|by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst|
|(2/12/15) Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he told cornerback Justin Gilbert to grow up, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. The No. 8 overall pick in last year's draft, Gilbert struggled on and off the field as a rookie.
“Justin clearly needs to mature,” Haslam said Wednesday. “I’m not telling you anything I hadn’t told him in the past and hopefully he’ll be able to do that. But we’re fully supportive of Justin. He’s a very gifted athlete and you saw a flash of it [when he returned an interception for a touchdown] in the Indianapolis game, could argue that was maybe the best play we had all year.
“So he’s clearly gifted, and we hope he can mature and understand what it means to be a professional. And it’s a long year and long days. It’s much different from college, where I think the work week’s 20 hours, plus you play a game on Saturday. You play 12 games versus 16. The adjustment for some of these rookies is tough.”
Gilbert, 23, got suspended for the season finale because he was late to a meeting the previous night. The paper said Gilbert "had been late throughout the season and received warnings he would be suspended if the trend continued."
Gilbert played in 14 games, starting two, and recorded 29 tackles, eight passes defensed and an interception.
Browns' Pettine: Justin Gilbert was 'essentially suspended' in finale
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(12/29/14) Browns embattled rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert was "essentially suspended" in Week 17 against the Ravens, coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Monday, per the Plain Dealer. Pettine indicated that Gilbert was informed he wouldn't play Sunday's season finale just past the 4 p.m. roster deadline on Saturday, which is why he was ruled inactive.
Gilbert. the No. 8 overall selection in this year's draft out of Oklahoma State, started only two of 14 games his rookie season. He has totaled only 29 tackles and one interception while playing 375 snaps.