Rookie defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey was out for disciplinary reasons

Rookie defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey was out for disciplinary reasons

BEREA − Browns rookie defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey was not at practice Friday due to a team-related disciplinary matter.

Coach Kevin Stefanski declined to elaborate on why Winfrey, who was taken in the fourth round by Oklahoma, was disciplined. Stefanski also would not comment on his status for Sunday’s home opener against the New York Jets.

Defensive end Myles Garrett said the issue was one that had developed over time. It also didn’t show what the issue with Winfrey was.

“It was pretty common knowledge,” Garrett said. “And it was easy to see. It wasn’t that we had to point it out to him. It was just that his actions were very obvious.”

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey talks with Malik Smith during the NFL football team's rookie minicamp in Berea on Friday.

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey talks with Malik Smith during the NFL football team’s rookie minicamp in Berea on Friday.

Garrett was selected as one of the Browns’ five season captains. He also shares a position room with Winfrey, the No. 108 overall player in the draft.

Considering the issues that had apparently arisen regarding Winfrey, it wasn’t necessary for the players to bring up the issue when it came to an issue.

“I think we all need to stand up and say something, but sometimes silence speaks louder than words,” Garrett said. “And we’ve used our voices a few times and at the end of the day, he’s got to learn how to be a professional and Kevin took it into his own hands and felt like that was the right thing to do and I’m totally behind my coach’s actions.”

Jack Conklin Listed Questionable, Chris Hubbard Out Against New York Jets

The Browns continue to list right tackle Jack Conklin as questionable as he recovers from last year’s torn patellar tendon. Stefanski indicated the scheme has remained the same for Conklin, who has yet to play in a game since suffering the injury Nov. 28 in Baltimore.

Conklin did an extended workout about two hours before the opener in Carolina, along with fellow tackle Chris Hubbard. Both were inactive for that game.

“I think it’s very, very close,” Stefanski said of Conklin. “We will let the next 48 hours determine where we go.”

Stefanski said only, “When he’s ready, he’ll play,” when asked if the short week between Sunday’s game and Thursday night’s game against Pittsburgh would play a factor in a decision.

Hubbard has already been ruled out for Sunday against the Jets. He has been battling an illness.

The Browns defensive line is comfortable with the pass

One way the Browns’ defensive line affected Carolina was the way they were able to run the ball. They found that out in the first game when Jadeveon Clowney caught a pass.

Clowney had two such deflections. The Browns had seven total pass breakups, five of which came from defensive linemen.

“I feel like pass breakups are overlooked compared to sacks,” said rookie defensive end Alex Wright, who had one pass batted in his debut. “Sacks can bring all the energy and whatnot. Knocked-on passes also help the team. That can be useful and work in situations you never know. Like, for example, a corner won or something like that. You , by knocking the ball down, that you help him out, you help the team live to fight another from the same distance.”

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield goes under pressure from Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in Charlotte, NC (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield goes under pressure from Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022, in Charlotte, NC (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin said part of preparing for a particular play involves trying to learn where a quarterback is releasing the ball. So how they approached Carolina’s Baker Mayfield last week might be different than how they approached Jets quarterback Joe Flacco.

This knowledge is directly related to how linemen can get their hands on passes.

“As a young coach I learned how important interceptions are and how critical they are to a defense,” Kiffin said. “Really, it’s a dead game for the offense, so it’s a critical thing. We repeat it. We repeat it on the sled. We try to match the hand when the hand comes out and you’re stuck in the rush. Just something that we constantly preach… It affects game and we will continue to interpret it regardless of the type of quarterback we play.

The tight schedule for the Browns may affect the rotations against the Jets

There were several key Browns players who did not play in any of the three preseason games. That made the first game in Carolina to make its season debut.

While those players had a regular week of preparation for Sunday’s opener against the Jets, there will be no such time between games next week. The Browns will host Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

That could have an impact on rotations at certain positions, such as cornerback, against New York.

“I think we’re just trying to take care of some of the guys that didn’t play a ton in the preseason and then there’s a Thursday night game,” Stefanski said. “That’s something we talked about. He might do it in this game, he might not.”

Contact Chris at ceasterling@thebeaconjournal.com.

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This article originally appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal: Perrion Winfrey out for disciplinary reasons for Browns

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