Browns quarterback Colt McCoy persuaded 11 teammates to come to Texas for a three-day workout session. Among the attendees were receivers Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi, and Brian Robiskie, running back Peyton Hillis, and tight end Evan Moore.
Cribbs tells Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that they’ll be doing it in May and in June, in Ohio.
“It was extremely beneficial and we’re looking forward to doing it again,” Cribbs said. “It’s all tentative right now depending on the lockout, but we’re hoping to do it at Kent State that weekend [May 19-21]. We’re asking guys to cancel engagements that are not that important and make football our No. 1 priority.”
Cribbs played college football at Kent State, and his alma mater is willing to accommodate Cribbs’ current teammates. “If Josh wants to do it here, we’ll do everything we can to get it done,” Kent State director of football operations Casey Wolf told Cabot. “We’re more than happy to help out Josh with everything he does for us.”
If the lockout continues into June, Cribbs plans to get his teammates together at Kent State once again, for sessions that would simulate Organized Team Activities.
Browns players are faced with the challenge of learning the West Coast offense without the benefit of contact with the team’s new head coach, Pat Shurmur. “I would’ve loved to have had a playbook but we didn’t have one,” Cribbs said of the Texas session, possibly with his fingers crossed behind his back. “The routes of the West Coast offense are pretty simple. They’re routes we’ve already been running and the playcalling is very simple and it won’t take a lot to get it down pat.”
Another benefit from getting together and working out? Cribbs said he entered the three-day session 10 pounds overweight.
After feasting on an Easter basket tomorrow, that number could move to 15.