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CB Justin Gilbert "Missed a Ton of Meetings Last Year"; 'Not Given Fair Shot in 2015'

Justin Gilbert believes he didn't have a chance to showcase his alleged skills this season.

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The trouble runs deeper than first imagined in Berea.

Johnny Manziel's escapades have been well-documented, but fellow 2014 first rounder Justin Gilbert mainly flew under the radar, until now.

Talking with the media today, Gilbert admitted he "missed a ton of meetings last year." Why, you might ask? He's a "hard sleeper." Gilbert believes his missteps last season were held against him this season.

Yes, a Browns' first round draft choice missed meetings because he slept in, and wonders why his playing time dropped.

Gilbert's statements explain why head coach Mike Pettine always seemed hesitant to play Gilbert. The second-year cornerback spent most of the season near the bottom of the depth chart and played mostly on special teams.

During his time with the media, Gilbert denied that he refused to play yesterday against the Steelers. Gilbert explained that he played on special teams and was relegated to the lower end of the depth chart.

Gilbert played in nine games this season, recording just four tackles and one pass defensed. The Texas native has 29 career tackles and one interception.

Despite all of Gilbert's mishaps during his first two seasons, he still believes he can live up to expectations. The 24-year-old corner told the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak, "I can pretty much guarantee they're gonna get what they drafted me to do."

If the Browns drafted him to sit on the bench, then Gilbert is already well on his way.