Gilkey not making many friends at practice
CLEVELAND – Garrett Gilkey is getting a reputation on the practice fields of the Browns.
The second-year offensive lineman was involved in his second physical altercation of offseason practices Wednesday. The media hasn’t been told if Gilkey has participated in fights at practices closed for viewing.
After a pass play in 11-on-11, Gilkey and defensive tackle Phil Taylor mixed it up. Both landed punches as they were surrounded by a pack of players. They were cleared from the pack after about a minute.
“I always use the phrase competitive, not combative,” coach Mike Pettine said. “That line gets crossed every now and again, but I also believe that’s a by-product of what we’re trying to build – the mentality. As a coach, you frown on it, but at the same time you understand it might be the price of doing business.”
There’s something about Gilkey’s style that brings out the fighting side of some defenders. As a seventh-round pick in 2013, Gilkey is trying to show a new coaching staff he can be a dependable player. That occasionally leads to over-aggressive play that scratches the raw nerves of some players.
“There are some guys that may be more apt to get involved with it just by the nature of how they play,” Pettine said.
Pettine admitted that the altercation probably went a bit too far.
“I think because of Gilkey’s (long) hair that there might have been a hair pull at the end,” Pettine said.
PUBLICITY PLAY: The San Diego Padres selected quarterback Johnny Manziel in the 28th round of the recent Major League Baseball draft. Manziel played shortstop and did some pitching in Little League and high school in Texas.
Pettine isn’t worried about losing Manziel to the Padres.
“I’ll answer for him,” Pettine said. “He’s football through and through.”
NEW LOOK: Linebacker Barkevious Mingo is looking to improve on his sack total of last season (five). He feels the system being installed by coordinator Jim O’Neil will put him in position to make a bigger impact.
“This defense is built on playmakers making plays,” said Mingo, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 draft. “The outside linebacker in this defense is one of the playmakers, so we’re definitely getting that chance to make more plays.”
PROUD FATHER: Pettine’s father, Mike, attended Wednesday’s practice. The elder Pettine was a successful high school coach in the Philadelphia area.
“He’s been watching some of the practice tapes,” the younger Pettine said. “I wouldn’t call it heated, but we had an Italian conversation this morning. It’s great to have him here. It’s nice to get the 30,000-foot view sometimes.”
CAMPING OUT: Rookie running back Terrance West was signed to a four-year contract Wednesday, joining fourth-round pick Pierre Desir and third-round choice Christian Kirksey in the fold. First-round picks Justin Gilbert and Manziel remain unsigned, as does second-round pick Joel Bitonio. … West has been impressive. He often high-steps his stride after breaking through the line. … Offensive tackle Joe Thomas received another veteran’s day off. So did receiver Miles Austin. … Receiver Anthony Armstrong had another good day. His best grab came on a low pass by Manziel on a crossing route. … Manziel hit Jonathan Krause on a deep fade. Manziel is better than expected with the deep ball. … Desir jumped a route for an interception of a Connor Shaw pass. … ESPN analyst and former Youngstown State quarterback Ron Jaworski took in practice. Another observer was Cleveland rock musician Michael Stanley.