Ex-Browns TE Winslow ready to play former team
“I look forward to better and bigger things from him this year,” Morris said.
The deal sending Winslow to the Browns was made a little than a month after Eric Mangini was hired as coach. Mangini said he did not meet Winslow before the trade and revealed little about what went into the decision to unload one of the team’s top players.
“It was an opportunity from a trade perspective that we talked about, and it’s the decision that we made at that point,” Mangini said. “Look, he’s a very good player and I really respect the things that he does as a player.”
Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward will draw the assignment of covering Winslow on Sunday. He knows it’s a tall order.
“He’s a very good, athletic tight end. He has great hands. He’s physical,” Ward said. “I’m studying a lot of film on him, and I’m just going to go in there and try to compete. I’m trying to offset my immaturity or lack of experience by a lot of study.”
“I’m sure he has some fuel. I’m sure he has something hidden away, some articles stowed away somewhere, something that was said negative about this young man,” Morris said. “That’s what gets him going. That’s who Kellen is. … He goes out. He prepares, he practices, he plays, he loves the game. He’ll use anything for motivation. That’s the kind of guy he is.”
AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.