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Browns want Barkevious Mingo to gain weight

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The Browns officially introduced the members of Mike Pettine’s first coaching staff on Thursday and defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil said he was excited by the young players that Cleveland has on defense.

One of those players is Barkevious Mingo, the edge rusher who was drafted sixth overall last season. Mingo had five sacks in 15 games in a rotational role during a rookie season that was a bit less productive than hoped for on draft day. Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that O’Neil said he’s a big fan of Mingo’s (so is his wife, who O’Neil revealed baked cupcakes for Bills staffers last year to prod them to draft the LSU product), but that doesn’t mean the new staff doesn’t see room to improve.

Pettine said that the organization will push Mingo, who is listed at 240 pounds, to gain weight┬ábefore next season. If a bigger Mingo can hold up better at the point of attack, he’d help his chances of being on the field more often next season.

Pettine feels confident that the coaching staff can get Mingo to play like player the Browns wanted with the sixth overall pick and the results from Buffalo last year should make Mingo confident that the coaches know what they’re talking about. Pettine, O’Neil and linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach coached that Bills unit to 57 sacks last season, results they’d surely like to replicate with Mingo blossoming into a major threat to opposing quarterbacks.

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14 Responses to “Browns want Barkevious Mingo to gain weight”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 6, 2014 2:39 PM

    He barely looked a pound over 225 late in the season.

  2. calhounlambeau says: Feb 6, 2014 2:48 PM

    Whenever players deliberately add 15+ pounds, especially when it’s a naturally smaller player they almost always get injured.

  3. brownsclown says: Feb 6, 2014 3:10 PM

    Dumbturdi will feed him HGH, get him banned for one year, and proclaim ‘the dial has been moved forward’!

  4. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 6, 2014 3:11 PM

    Browns fans were raving that they found the next great linebacker last year, the he and Kruger were going to be a force for years to come.

    10 sacks combined.

    Poor Browns.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 6, 2014 3:19 PM

    Then he’ll be a fat disappointment.

  6. therealraider says: Feb 6, 2014 3:25 PM

    Anyone else notice that Clevelands 1st round draft picks have been identical to mock drafts the last 6 years? except Weeden, that was a browns special.

  7. joemammy says: Feb 6, 2014 3:30 PM

    Mingo is just getting started. He’ll be fine. There’s always a considerable amount of pressure thrown on the back of a 1st round rookie.

    I think Mingo is gonna tear up some AFC North offenses. Flacco and Roethlisberger will piss their pants. And Andy? Who cares…

  8. eaglessuperfan says: Feb 6, 2014 3:38 PM

    They knew this when they drafted him. Dynamic playmaking skills but undersized. If they want to make it work put better players in front of him to free him up. Enjoy the Joe Banner era browns fans and expect more of this in the future.

  9. jbcommonsense says: Feb 6, 2014 3:43 PM

    Give Mingo the cupcakes this time. :-)

  10. pftfan says: Feb 6, 2014 3:55 PM

    Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo, Jarvis Jones…

    These tweener DE/OLB types are a dime-a-dozen in each draft. They tear up the college ranks and disappear in the NFL. Much like their patron saint, Vernon Gholston.

    I still don’t understand why countless NFL GMs spend high first rounders on them when the hit rate on landing a Pro Bowl pass rusher is about 10%.

  11. wideright91 says: Feb 6, 2014 4:16 PM

    I remember when Aaron Maybin was asked to gain weight too… guy went from a disappointment to a bust

  12. dapollock69 says: Feb 6, 2014 5:10 PM

    Just have him spend a week over at Haynesworth’s house. Or maybe 2 days with Lorenzen. Problem solved.

  13. kwjsb says: Feb 6, 2014 10:13 PM

    Put on weight?
    Remember Mel Turpin ?

  14. oldcracker says: Feb 6, 2014 11:23 PM

    I heard that the personal trainers for Alex Rodriguez (NY-3b) are looking for work.

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