Burleson hoping to see playing time on Thursday
CLEVELAND – Nate Burleson caught a touchdown pass in practice, which normally wouldn’t be a big thing.
But it was a big thing to Burleson, a veteran of 11 NFL seasons. Burleson has spent most of training camp riding a stationary bike to ease back from a hamstring injury. He didn’t play in any of the first three preseason games.
He hopes to play Thursday against the Chicago Bears in an attempt to prove to coach Mike Pettine that he has something left to offer. Burleson knows a resume that includes 457 career receptions and 5,630 yards accounts for nothing.
“I don’t care what your resume is. You always have to worry,” Burleson said. “This is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league. I can watch as many YouTube highlights of myself, but what I did today and what I’m going to do tomorrow will have a more profound effect than my resume.”
Pettine said that all the missed time has hurt Burleson’s roster chances but added that he will consider his career work. The offense needs playmakers because of the expected suspension of receiver Josh Gordon, and to date none of the receivers has done much other than Andrew Hawkins.
“I would say the same thing if I was the head coach,” Burleson said. “If I were the boss of a company, I would look at people that are at work and not the people that want to be at work.”
GIVING ADVICE: Quarterback Johnny Manziel was asked what advice he’d give to redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett, who will start at quarterback for Ohio State in place of the injured Braxton Miller.
“First and foremost, it’s tough to see a friend like Braxton (get hurt),” Manziel said. “I don’t wish that for anybody. I’m a fan of Braxton’s. I think he’s incredible for college football and incredible for Ohio State and for the state of Ohio.
“A freshman coming in and taking over for a program like that, I think he has a good situation with coach (Urban) Meyer being there and being able to put him in good situations to be successful. More than anything he needs to depend on coach Meyer, and their quarterbacks coach (Tom Herman) is a creative and standup guy as well. Lean on those guys and the older players that have been there.”
A HYPOTHETICAL: Pettine was asked where the Browns had Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles going in the 2014 NFL draft. The Jaguars selected Bortles third overall, one spot before the Browns’ original pick of fourth that was dealt to the Buffalo Bills.
“I don’t think there were too many people in the league, us included, that had him going (third),” Pettine said. “Sometimes you get a feeling throughout the league because information flows around, but internally I think that was a well-kept secret. I don’t think many people thought that was a strong possibility that they would take him.”
Pettine conveniently avoided answering when asked if the Browns would have selected Bortles if the opportunity would have presented itself with the fourth pick.
BACK TO WORK: Tight end Jordan Cameron was at practice the day after being excused for an undisclosed reason.
ROSTER MOVES: Offensive lineman Michael Bowie (shoulder) and linebacker Darius Eubanks (shoulder) have been placed on injured-reserve. Bowie was a seventh-round choice of the Seahawks last year. He played in nine games and started eight. The Browns signed him earlier this month after he was waived by the Seahawks.