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Browns’ Barkevious Mingo has gained 20 pounds this offseason

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Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton said last month that he plans to change the way the team uses Barkevious Mingo. Part of that change involves Mingo bulking up.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Mingo has already gained 20 pounds this offseason, getting to 260 pounds after playing last season at 240.

The 6-foot-4 Mingo has always been scrawny by NFL linebacker standards, and putting some more meat on his bones may help him take on blockers and play more effectively against the run.

Mingo was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft and showed some promise as a rookie, recording five sacks. But he had just two sacks in 2014 and none in 2015. Last year Mingo was primarily a special teams player, getting a team-high 368 plays on special teams and only 256 on defense. The Browns have to hope that as Mingo gets bigger, he also makes a bigger contribution to their defense.

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  1. citizenstrange says: Mar 29, 2016 2:57 PM

    Round 1, Pick 6 (6)
    Barkevious Mingo DE 6’4″ 241 LSU 92.8

    Pick Analysis: “It’s a pass-first league, and every team in the league is looking for a guy that can go hunt. He’s an explosive presence off the edge.” — Mike Mayock

  2. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Mar 29, 2016 2:59 PM

    Hot Sauce Williams for dinner tonight boi.

  3. pftbro says: Mar 29, 2016 3:01 PM

    Finally, a coaching staff that knows how to use it’s players…

  4. joedirte says: Mar 29, 2016 3:03 PM

    Boy if you go back and look at that 2013 draft you will realize it may be the worst draft in terms of Talent ever. It’s like the complete opposite of the 2011 draft.

  5. ptkryptonite says: Mar 29, 2016 3:04 PM

    All the greats add weight to see significant improvements in performance… Eddie Lacy… Nick Fairley… Warren Sapp…

  6. dcapettini says: Mar 29, 2016 3:06 PM

    Just another wasted first round pick by the Browns.

  7. obsession55 says: Mar 29, 2016 3:07 PM

    So has Trent Richardson!

  8. rickastleydancemoves says: Mar 29, 2016 3:09 PM

    Bustevious Mingo.

  9. oscarxray says: Mar 29, 2016 3:15 PM

    Two years ago when he was told to beef up,he and Alex Mack (another scrawny guy) went to the Rio De Janeiro slums for social work. Very admirable but not exactly a place for a training table diet. Perhaps Mack leaving the team and the Zeka virus have Mingo staying at home to work at his livelihood before it’s too late.

  10. farfig says: Mar 29, 2016 3:24 PM

    20 lbs. of hard-won muscle may make a difference…..

    20 lbs. of McDonalds, Rally’s, & Burger King will DEFINITELY make a difference….

    We shall see….

  11. granadafan says: Mar 29, 2016 3:31 PM

    The season ended only 2 months ago. How did he (legally) add 20 pounds already that’s supposed to be muscle?

  12. bryzgalovbaby says: Mar 29, 2016 3:32 PM

    Well Cleveland’s offseason started in November. He’s had plenty of time.

  13. arktikman says: Mar 29, 2016 3:38 PM

    Test him for PEDs!

  14. bchap17 says: Mar 29, 2016 3:38 PM

    Doubtful that he’ll maintain that weight during the season? I remember Aaron Maybin getting up to 255lbs once…

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 29, 2016 3:47 PM

    Just another wasted first round pick by the Browns.

    Me of Sergio Kindle and Perrimen for the Ravens.

  16. spartan01 says: Mar 29, 2016 3:48 PM

    20 pounds in 3 months is doable but its work. It takes heavy lifting and constant, even forced, eating. Even then its not all muscle. Kudos to his hard work. To bad that work ethic didn’t rub off on Manziel.

  17. cross300 says: Mar 29, 2016 3:55 PM

    Instead of being a bust he will now be a fat bust. Haha.

  18. rcali says: Mar 29, 2016 4:00 PM

    Hmmm, now he cares as he enters the end of his contract? I guess Browns ownership didn’t get the message about him trying to play his way out of town originally. Billy Manziel got out in two years!

  19. whyalwaysthehate says: Mar 29, 2016 4:02 PM

    weed, chips, pizza, more weed, more chips. that’s how.

  20. steelerben says: Mar 29, 2016 4:06 PM

    3/29 – Mingo puts on 20 lbs. to be more effective

    4/4 – Mingo suspended for violating PED policy

  21. whatjusthapped says: Mar 29, 2016 4:16 PM

    So the Vikings aren’t the only team that drafts their special team players in the first round.

  22. cross300 says: Mar 29, 2016 4:16 PM

    Finally, a coaching staff that knows how to use it’s players…
    How have they proven that exactly? They haven’t played a single game.

  23. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 29, 2016 4:22 PM

    “Bringo!” ~ Dr. Steve Brule

  24. weepingjebus says: Mar 29, 2016 4:25 PM

    Been eating a lot of home cooked meals at Peyton’s house.

  25. amaf21 says: Mar 29, 2016 4:28 PM

    “Starting defense! Place at the table! Wooo!” – Latimer

  26. zibet says: Mar 29, 2016 4:29 PM

    probably doesnt help that the Browns are always behind but this guy seemed awesome as a rookie -makes no sense. weight shouldn’t matter as much with that height, Jason Taylor was pretty light his whole career

  27. boobsanders says: Mar 29, 2016 4:30 PM

    Something tells me he’ll be tested positive for some type of PED’s / roids. Reminds me of the Dion Jordan situation. How does a person just gain 20+ pounds in a matter of months (in a healthy way that would make him a better athlete)? That’s physically impossible. Unless he’s talking about water weight but I don’t think that’s gonna help him on the field.

  28. purplepackerhater says: Mar 29, 2016 4:39 PM

    He adopted Eddie Lacy’s Zero Carb Left Behind program.

  29. dapollock69 says: Mar 29, 2016 4:47 PM

    So I guess his bite is now worse than his bark?

  30. whiteybulgersson says: Mar 29, 2016 4:51 PM

    Cleveland could draft Andrew Luck and he would turn into a bust, it’s just the Cleveland way. Look at the Cavaliers who are just as big of a joke.

  31. chrisk61 says: Mar 29, 2016 4:56 PM

    you call 240 lbs scrawny ? I don’t think so. that is pretty much the avg weight for nfl LBs

    260 is much bigger. but 240 isn’t small.

  32. skunkb3ar says: Mar 29, 2016 5:18 PM

    chrisk61 says:
    Mar 29, 2016 4:56 PM
    you call 240 lbs scrawny ? I don’t think so. that is pretty much the avg weight for nfl LBs

    260 is much bigger. but 240 isn’t small.

    That would be fine if he were closer to 6-1, 6-2.

    For his frame (a long 6-4) 240 is definitely slight.

  33. Underdawgs says: Mar 29, 2016 5:18 PM


    6’4″ and 240 is a little different than 6’1″ and 240

    Mingo is pretty lean. He may be able to be an effective edge rusher if he can play at 260.

  34. skunkb3ar says: Mar 29, 2016 5:21 PM

    Not to mention, many teams and players overstate player’s measurables on their depth charts.

    (For like 3 or 4 years, Julian Edelman was listed as 6-0 by NE for example)

    You can tell by looking at him on the field, he is built like a Taylor Mays/George Illoka type. If they were listing him at 6-4 240, I wouldn’t be surprised if he were more like 6-4 230 something.

  35. hrmlss says: Mar 29, 2016 5:22 PM

    It’s called a “Beer Gut”.

  36. steelerfan63 says: Mar 29, 2016 5:33 PM

    He’s gonna eat his way out of Cleveland. He figured this was the easiest way out.LOL

  37. kwjsb says: Mar 29, 2016 5:43 PM

    OK who is old enough to remember the Cav’s telling Mel Turpin to beef up…..Unfortunately he thought that meant McDonald’s 3 times a day……

    He nickname became Fatz

  38. njraiderfan19 says: Mar 29, 2016 6:03 PM

    See: Kearse, Jeavon. Remember when The Freak came into the league? Tennessee worked like mad to put weight on him, but they only bulked him up a bit. Mingo may have that kind of metabolism as well.
    And to whomever thinks that the Browns are being generous at 240, they’re probably right. Let’s face it, at 6-4, 240 you’re more of a thall DB than a LB.

  39. tedmurph says: Mar 29, 2016 6:17 PM

    I don’t care how much weight the guy loses or gains, he has no position and doesn’t seem to wanna do the work to be a good NFL player, The trouble with Alabama and LSU, is those teams are so stacked, it’s hard to know who’s a great player, and who benefits from just being around so many great players. There’s been a couple of yrs where most of those defenses all got drafted over 3 yrs. Alabama or Wisconsin RBs behind great OLines, etc.

  40. owentoo says: Mar 29, 2016 6:32 PM

    OK who is old enough to remember the Cav’s telling Mel Turpin to beef up…..Unfortunately he thought that meant McDonald’s 3 times a day……

    He nickname became Fatz


    Dinner Bell Mel?
    Burpin’ Mel Turpin?

    Yeah, I remember him. I think he’s dead now.

  41. mrfrostyj says: Mar 29, 2016 7:54 PM

    Mingo was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft and showed some promise as a rookie, recording five sacks. But he had just two sacks in 2014 and none in 2015.

    Translation: He hasn’t been good since the last time Ray Horton was his defensive coordinator.

  42. slash714 says: Mar 29, 2016 11:59 PM

    Send him to Pittsburgh, they need linebackers and with all the stoners on their team hell gain another 20 lbs in no time.

  43. oldcracker says: Mar 30, 2016 12:11 AM

    Now, that Mother Pettine, and his high school buddies have been replaced with NFL-experienced professional coaches, everyone should play better.

    Now, if “Texas Johnny” Manziel could get clean, even he would look better.

  44. browns2042 says: Mar 30, 2016 12:24 AM

    In his rookie year, Mingo’s early sacks came as a speed rusher, but he was a liability in run support, because he was so eager to get the edge that he abandoned his rush lane responsibilities. If every 15 yd sack you get comes at the expense of allowing five 15 yard rushes, what’s the point? In his heyday, Willie McGinest was 6’5″ 270 and nobody called him fat. At 6’4″, 260 is about right for Mingo, who was asked to gain weight after his first year, but reports were that he “couldn’t,” but it’s pretty clear now that he just wouldn’t. With the added weight, he may be able to do more than just get the edge. If he can develop a bull rush and some other moves, he’ll be less predictable, and more effective both as a pass rusher and run stopper. Too bad we had to wait so long for him add a few lbs, but kudos to Ray and Hue for getting him to where he needs to be BEFORE mid season. Not to be too optimistic, as that would be un-Cleveland, but maybe we finally have the coaching in place to get the most out of our draft picks… in part by inspiring them to do the necessary off-season work to come in and be ready to contribute day 1. …Just hope Hue was able to convince Erving to hit the weights, because he’ll need to be a lot stronger if he hopes to anchor that line.

  45. nutsacksammy says: Mar 30, 2016 1:24 AM

    Brownys suck…at least they have a quarterback..t

  46. boltergeist19 says: Mar 30, 2016 2:30 AM

    I guess watching tv and hanging out with pothead errrr Gordon makes it easy when it’s puff puff give to gain 20 lbs. you know I wants some dam kook – aid.
    I also want a two pics special with lots of hot sauce and all the fries you can give me yeaaaaa booooiii.

  47. razzlejag says: Mar 30, 2016 10:05 AM

    Thoughts: call him Pot Roast, no that’s already taken. Andrew Luck is falling more toward Bust territory than rising to Superstar territory.

    Willie McGinest was a great player. Very underrated. Marshall Faulk is still having nightmares from wearing Willie in the 2001 SB.

  48. BigAlHeBDMan says: Mar 30, 2016 11:30 AM

    It’s kind of funny that a guy named Barky now plays for a team whose fans are the Dog Pound. Arf! Problem is they play more like (euphemism for cats).

  49. gmfw7 says: Mar 30, 2016 2:20 PM

    i don’t understand why everyone keeps bringing up PEDs. its 20 lbs in about 13 weeks. That’s almost exactly 1.5lbs a week. A man can do that on a heavy protein and carb diet with no exercise pretty easily. assuming he was also hitting the weights hard and not spending too much time focused on cardio it’s really not hard to do. also, notice it doesn’t say anything about it being 20 pounds of muscle…it just says 20 pounds. really don’t even know why it’s news…most guys in every sport try to gain as much weight as is healthy in the offseason, because athletes all tend to lose weight over the course of a full season and they want to try to not finish the season too far below their ideal weight

  50. halfzeimer says: Mar 30, 2016 6:53 PM

    If Mingo now weighs 260, then he gained a lot more than 20 pounds. That guy has never weighed anywhere near 220 before this season.

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