Earlier today, we posted about what Rob Chudzinski said regarding Jabaal Sheard's transition to outside linebacker, and what he's seen from Brandon Weeden so far. He also provided a few injury updates and briefly commented on the signing of Shayne Graham, which I will summarize below.
- OG Jason Pinkston has been cleared to play football again, which is great news, considering offensive guard is still somewhat of a question mark for the Browns. "We'll incrementally get him going back to where he can get on the field and start practicing again," said Chudzinski. "That'll take a little bit of time to do that." In an ideal situation, Pinkston would be able to go near the start of training camp.
- WR David Nelson, who was just signed, is in a similar boat. "David's rehabbing his knee right now, and we're expecting him to be ready for training camp," said Chudzinski. Nelson is expected to challenge to be the team's No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in 2013.
- K Shayne Graham was signed to a one-year deal, but his veteran status does not guarantee that he'll be the team's kicker when final cuts are made. "We brought Shayne in to bring some competition to the position," stated Chudzinski. "We'll continue to look at the kicker position to see where we can go with it and who is going to get it. We'll also be looking for other guys out there."
In addition to Chudzinski talking about Graham, the Plain Dealer's Tom Reed caught up with him after practice, where he said teammates are already ribbing him for his likeness to a fellow teammate:
Ginger-haired Shayne Graham already catching good natured grief for looking like a mini Weeden. Teammatea want them to take pix together— Tom Reed (@treedPD) April 16, 2013
What are you guys waiting for, loyal DBN readers? Someone put together a side-by-side comparison! On whether he can fill the shoes of Phil Dawson, Graham bluntly stated, "[If] you make kicks, everything is great. [If] you miss kicks, you get fired." Graham has traditionally made a lot of kicks, but switching teams and stadiums often has some type of effect on a kicker.