Justin Gilbert: Being deactivated for 2014 finale “really helped me”


Cornerback Justin Gilbert’s rookie season didn’t go the way the Browns planned as the 2014 first-round pick struggled on and off the field before ultimately being deactivated for the team’s final game of the season.

Gilbert heard criticism from coaches and teammates about his immaturity and said Thursday that he agreed with “100 percent” of it. He said that he “took that to heart” as he started his offseason work in hopes of a better showing in his second season.

“I wish [the deactivation] hadn’t happened that way,” Gilbert said, via ESPN.com. “But I think it really helped me. I think last year pretty much humbled me. A lot.”

Gilbert has gained muscle to go with his humility and the reports of his work the last few months from Browns players and coaches have been uniformly positive. He added that the team’s talked about letting him return kickoffs, something he did well at Oklahoma State, and that could be part of a rebound for a player the Browns hope just needed a dose of NFL reality to reach his potential.

8 responses to “Justin Gilbert: Being deactivated for 2014 finale “really helped me”

  1. Dude wont play much in Cleveland. Haden is secure and they brought in Tramon Williams who will start next to him. K’Waun Williams proved to be one of the best nickel backs in the entire NFL last year so his spot there is safe, and Pierre Desir is also on the come up

  2. another nice Rick trade for the Vikes – Browns traded up to 7 for this kid, Vikes got Anthony Barr at 9.

  3. Sometimes you just need to show a little patience. People are way too quick to give up on these 22-year-old kids. I include Johnny Manziel in that statement.

  4. Cleveland gets NOTHING! Sad team in a very, very sad city. Cavs lose tonight. Browns lose every week in every year after year. What the heck makes you think that will change?

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