Bryant thankful Browns sticking with him
CLEVELAND – Armonty Bryant has to be glad his first day on the job with the Browns is over.
The easy part for the rookie defensive end was the practice. After that he had to deal with questions about a checkered past that included two arrests for trying to purchase marijuana and a recent DUI arrest.
The marijuana arrests occurred when Bryant was attending East Central University in Oklahoma. He assured the media after the Browns selected him in the seventh round of the draft that his problems were in the past. Then, less than two weeks later, he was arrested for DUI.
“I’m fortunate the Browns still have faith in me,” Bryant said. “Hopefully I might be able to make the 53-man roster.”
Coach Rob Chudzinski met with Bryant prior to the start of this weekend’s rookie orientation. He didn’t go into detail, but it’s apparent an ultimatum was established.
“It’s a serious matter,” Chudzinski said. “Now that Armonty has gotten here, I’ve had a chance to talk about my expectations for him. I feel like we have a good support structure here.
“Some guys that are excellent mentors. You look at D’Qwell Jackson and Davone Bess and those guys. Anybody that follows them and their example will learn how to be a professional. Ultimately he needs to show that he’s going to be accountable, and I expect that out of him.”
BROTHERLY LOVE: The younger brothers of Paul Kruger and Joe Haden are attending the camp. Dave Kruger is a defensive end from Utah, and Josh Haden is a running back from Boston College.
Paul and Joe were both observers of the practice.
“The big brothers were real interested in those guys,” Chudzinski said. “Josh came running by and I asked him who was faster, he or Joe. I made sure Joe heard it when I asked him. He made some nice runs out there. I didn’t notice David Kruger as much. It’s hard until you watch tape.”
ON THE BIKE: Safety Jamoris Slaughter and offensive lineman Chris Faulk worked out on stationary bikes. Slaughter, sixth-round pick, is recovering from an Achilles’ tendon injury. Faulk, a free agent, is recovering from a knee injury.
Faulk is an interesting prospect. He probably would have been drafted – and perhaps in an early round – if he hadn’t been injured.
“(Line coach) George Warhop had watched him on tape, as did some of our scouts,” Chudzinski said. “He’s a big guy, and that’s the first thing that stands out. Certainly coming back from the injury he’ll have a lot of work to do. As a player at LSU he competed in that (SEC) conference and obviously there’s something there. It’s a long way between where guys are now and where they want to be.”
GETTING NOTICED: It’s hard to make a splash in rookie camps, but players can lay the groundwork for the future with good showings. Chudzinski was impressed with a play cornerback Leon McFadden made in breaking up a pass.
CAMP SCHEDULE: The rookies will practice today and Sunday. The free agents will return for the full-squad minicamp in early June and training camp in July. Just a select few of the 20 tryout players will be asked backed after Sunday.