Browns say CB Gilbert starting tonight

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The Browns are listing second-year cornerback Justin Gilbert as a starter for Monday night’s game vs. the Ravens.

A first-round pick in 2014, Gilbert has been in coach Mike Pettine’s doghouse at various times in two seasons and has played little defense this season. With Joe Haden out and Pierre Desir having struggled in the Browns’ last game, the Browns made Desir inactive Monday and are listing Gilbert as a starter opposite Tramon Williams.

Gilbert was a healthy scratch for the Browns’ last game on Nov. 15.

The Browns are also starting John Hughes at defensive end in place of Randy Starks and rookie Cam Erving at guard in place of the injured Joel Bitonio.

Both teams are making quarterback changes. The Browns benched Johnny Manziel, though he’s active, and will start Josh McCown. Matt Schaub starts for the Ravens due to Joe Flacco’s torn ACL.

For the Ravens, defensive end Brent Urban is active and will make his NFL debut. A fourth-round pick in 2014, Urban spent last season on injured-reserve and last summer tore a bicep during training camp. He was activated earlier this month.

As expected, the Ravens are without offensive line starters Eugene Monroe and Kelechi Osemele. James Hurst is slated to start at tackle for Monroe and John Urschel should start at guard in place of Osemele.

6 responses to “Browns say CB Gilbert starting tonight

  1. For those of you who don’t remember, Gilbert was one of two first round picks Cleveland blew in 2014, Manziel being the other.

  2. One thing all bad teams lack is consistency. One thing all good teams have is chemistrry. Just rotating guys from starters to inactive to starter to reserve. The Browns current state is due in large pet to lack of consistency throughout the coaching staff and now it’s dwindling down to the players.

  3. craniator says:
    Nov 30, 2015 7:48 PM
    For those of you who don’t remember, Gilbert was one of two first round picks Cleveland blew in 2014, Manziel being the other.
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    Might I add that the Browns actually traded up for each of those picks, including one spot from 9 to 8 overall where they took Gilbert. And in the 9th spot the Minnesota Vikings selected Anthony Barr. Super ouch.

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