Browns rookie Dawand Jones says he’s losing weight but still not where he wants to be

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Browns rookie offensive tackle Dawand Jones was listed 359 at Ohio State last season. At the Scouting Combine, he weighed in at 374. At Ohio State’s Pro Day, he declined to step on the scale. That led to some talk that his weight was going to be a hindrance in the NFL.

But the 6-foot-8 Jones, who was drafted by the Browns in the fourth round, says he’s getting his weight down. Jones acknowledged that he has some weight to lose, but he’s working on it.

I’m not where I want to be, but I’m on track,” Jones said, via Mary Kay Cabot of “I’m just losing weight every week, you know what I mean? Two pounds. It’s just what I need to do every week to be better.”

Jones has faced questions about whether he’s passionate about football, and prior to the draft he denied a report that his real goal was to make it in the NBA, not the NFL. He says he loves playing football and the people who watch him play can see that.

“I told almost every team, turn on tape and you can just see it on my film,” he said. “I play with that anger and aggression. It just comes from the heart. You just don’t want nobody to touch the quarterback and that’s my main goal.”

Jones has admittedly struggled with his conditioning, and he threw up on the field at the rookie minicamp. But the Browns believe he has the talent to be a good pro offensive tackle, if he gets in shape and stays in shape.

4 responses to “Browns rookie Dawand Jones says he’s losing weight but still not where he wants to be

  1. If, if, if. IF Jones can’t improve under Coach Callahan, he never will. We shall see

  2. Some of the footwork reps he was working on with OL coach Callahan at Mini camp were from the LT stance and back pedal. I would attach a dietary specialist to his hip as part of his R contract

  3. He’ll start as Conklin’s backup but it’s no sure thing Conklin starts 17 games this year. Jones made himself into a very good college player at OSU and he can and probably will do the same in the NFL. It was a mistake to let him slip to the 4th round.

  4. Throwing up during a workout means he’s not in top shape but is turning the corner.
    Vomiting is a good sign. He’ll be fine.

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