Barkevious Mingo trying to gain weight, “psyched” to play for Mike Pettine


For most people, the inability to put on weight despite eating pizzas loaded with fattening toppings would be an enjoyable trait to have.

For Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo, though, it is a problem. The Browns want Mingo, who was listed at 240 pounds in his rookie season, to be heavier when the 2014 season gets underway and Mingo is doing his best to give them what they want. He told the Browns website that he frequented a pizza parlor in his hometown before reporting back to work with Cleveland and often ordered a pie topped with Canadian bacon, bacon, sausage, Andouille sausage, and jalapeños, but gaining weight remains problematic.

“It’s been really hard because I still burn it off; I can eat what I want,” Mingo said.

If Mingo can get himself beefy enough for the Browns’ liking, he should have a prominent role in new coach Mike Pettine’s defense. Pettine helped the Bills to 57 sacks as their defensive coordinator last season and Mingo, who had five sacks as a rookie, was drafted to get after quarterbacks, which makes it no surprise to learn that he’s “psyched” to play for Pettine this season.

And the Browns will be psyched if some of those pizzas start showing up when Mingo steps onto the scale this offseason.