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Eyes on Berea: 8-12-12

Aug 12, 2012 -- 5:15pm


By: Will Burge

Don’t tweet about it, be about itMohamed Massaquoi was taken out of Friday night’s game after his very first catch with what Pat Shurmur called “concussion symptoms.” Later that evening Mo Mass took to twitter to speak out on his situation. When asked whether or not he has a concussion Massaquoi tweeted, “No! Precautionary! Can’t wait to get back to work!”

Today, Pat Shurmur made it very clear that it is a concussion and then took the opportunity to speak out about his players on twitter. “You know how I feel about tweets and twitters,” said Shurmur. “I told you what happened and that’s what happened. I only hear what gets tweeted. He had a concussion and we are treating it as such.”

Then our own Tony Grossi asked, “Do you have a policy on tweets?”

Shurmur responded, “Yeah, I don’t like them. That’s my policy.”

Missing in action – The Browns practiced without 15 players on Sunday including D’Qwell Jackson, Travis Benjamin, Scott Fujita, andMohamed Massaquoi. The only players Pat Shurmur directly addressed were Travis Benjamin and Scott Fujita who he said were sore from Friday night’s game.

Reporters spoke to D’Qwell after practice and he indicated that he is fine.

A learning experience – When you have not played an organized football game in almost two calendar years, there will inevitably be some bumps along the road to success. Josh Gordon is experiencing those bumps right now. He had a bad week of practice last week, zero catches in his first preseason game, and was pulled out of an offensive set of drills today for giving up on a route half way through. He was replaced by Josh Cribbs and received and earful from Pat Shurmur on the sidelines.

Gordon admitted after practice that Friday night’s game was an adjustment for him and that he was “disappointed” in his performance. Remember, Greg Little had a similar first preseason game last year and ended up having the best season of any Browns receiver.

From the bottom to the top, quickly – Seventh round draft pick Trevin Wade took reps with the first team defense at nickel back today. This speaks to how far the young man has come in a short period of time, as well as how thin the Browns currently are on the defensive side of the ball.

Wade has had a nice camp and performed very well in the preseason game. He will have a chance to get more reps in the second preseason game against Green Bay.

 

Will Burge covers the Browns for ESPNCleveland.com and hosts 3 Deep, Monday - Friday from 7pm-9pm.

Follow Will on Twitter @WillBurge

 

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