Browns minicamp one-liners

As the versatile Josh Cribbs continues to wear many hats, coach Eric Mangini still sees him as a contributor at his primary position: “We will continue to develop him as a receiver, but that doesn’t mean that his others roles will, necessarily, decrease.”

Former Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell is back, a year after he got a look-see in the offseason; “We just wanted to see where he was and give him another opportunity,” Mangini said.  “We liked the things that he did last year and have kept tabs on him over the course of the year.  This is a good opportunity for us to gauge where he is.”

Sometimes, players who were drafted show up running slower than expected; “I remember my first year in New York, two guys we drafted showed up at rookie came, they looked horrible,” Mangini said.   “Horrible.   You want to go home and take a shot.   It’s like, ‘Oh my God, what did we do?  How could we be this wrong?’   Then you forget that they’re playing slower because they’re thinking [and] they’re not in great shape because they’ve been on the lecture circuit.”

QB Colt McCoy has given his new coach an education in cattle; “I heard all about how they bred cows,” Mangini said. “How they fix the fences. I could move down to Dallas now with all the stuff I know about cattle-raising.” (But did he tell you about the time they stole the cow? And then his friend tried to make it with the cow?)

RB Montario Hardesty, whose mentor is former Browns RB Jamal Lewis, has big expectations of himself:  “The Browns traded up to get me and I’m not going to let them down.  I feel I’m an all-around back and I’ll put a lot of heart and
passion on the field.  I want to be a star, and I’m going to work to be a
star, definitely
.”

So far, G.M. Tom Heckert has high expectations for Hardesty, too:  “He’s a very physical runner, but he’s also not just a straight-ahead
banger.  He’s got speed.  He ran a 4.4 at the Combine.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has video of QB Colt McCoy’s first locker-room remarks.  (Hopefully, Jon Gruden has access to an interpreter.)