Joe Haeg makes a quick transition to the Cleveland Browns offensive line


BEREA – Joe Haeg isn’t necessarily an NFL journeyman. The seventh-year offensive lineman hasn’t exactly spent his entire career in one place, either.

There were four years at Indianapolis, followed by individual seasons at Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh. So when Haeg was signed this weekend by the Browns, it wasn’t a completely new experience.

“It’s always a challenge, but the main thing, the number one priority, is getting the playbook started,” Haeg told The Beacon Journal on Wednesday. “A lot of things that I can relate to from my playing years. There are new concepts, but everywhere there is always that. You just have to get used to the new technique and things so that everyone is on the same wavelength.

“So yeah, it’s a good challenge, but something I think I’m very capable of doing. I’m just excited to get out there to work.”

If there was any difference from previous experiences, now is the time for it all. When Haeg moved previously, he was lucky enough to get reps in training camp with his new team.

This time, Haeg joins us as the Browns hit game week leading up to Sunday’s season opener at Carolina. This created a somewhat accelerated timeline for him to get up to speed.

“Training camp is really where you get into the thick of things, whether it’s on the playbook level or the technique level,” said Haeg, who was waived by the Steelers on the day of the reduction last week. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. A lot of the things that (offensive line coach Bill Callahan) teach, I’m a big fan of that type of blocking. It’ll be good to get out there and keep working every day. and get a little closer every day.”

Ethan Pocic can appreciate the transition Haeg is going through. Not necessarily the abbreviated transition timeline as much as the transition in general.

Pocic went through the same transition to the Browns, except he did it in the offseason. The center signed a one-year contract with the team after five seasons in Seattle.

“He’s a pro and he did a great job,” Pocic said of Haeg. “You can tell he’s studying and doing everything he needs to do outside of this building. I’d just say he’s doing a great job.”

Browns rookies prepare for regular season debut

Wide receiver David Bell and safety D’Anthony Bell don’t just share the same last name. They also share the same sentiments as Browns rookies prepare for their NFL regular season debut.

Cleveland Browns safety D'Anthony Bell smiles as he steps off the field after the NFL Football Team's rookie minicamp in Berea on Friday.

“For me, that was really exciting,” D’Anthony Bell said. “I’m excited. To have that first game, it’s super exciting. My whole family is going to be there, so I’m excited. The preparation is just a lot easier when you’re excited about it.”

Both Bells are among nine rookies the Browns have on the 53-man roster as they prepare for Sunday’s season opener at the Carolina Panthers. David Bell is one of eight April draft picks to make the roster, while D’Anthony Bell is the first undrafted free agent to make the roster since general manager Andrew Berry took over in charge. 2020.

For every rookie, there’s a game-slowing question for them. Last month allowed them at least to begin this process.

David Bell of the Cleveland Browns catches punts during the pregame against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday August 21, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“I think after every rep I took and every rep I took, I think it just kept slowing down for me,” David Bell said. “It’s all about repetition. The more you do something, the longer you’re out there, the easier it is to see things and get into your spots and stuff like that.

“It took a bit of time, but after knocking out those few pre-season games, it slowed down a lot. I think the regular season can be the same. It may take me a bit, but I don’t. I don’t. don’t think it will take me long to start clicking again.”

Jadeveon Clowney absent due to illness

The Browns had only one player on injury report before practice Wednesday. Jadeveon Clowney missed practice due to illness.

Clowney has been in and out of practice since the second joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 19. However, he was present for practice on Monday.

Coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t seem worried that illness would be a problem for Sunday.

The first official injury report of the season is expected to be released later Wednesday.

Kevin Stefanski announces five team captains for the season for the Cleveland Browns

Stefanski announced Wednesday that the team has selected five people to be team captains. Joel Bitonio and Nick Chubb were chosen on offense, Myles Garrett and Anthony Walker Jr. on defense and Charley Hughlett on special teams.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski talks to guard Joel Bitonio during practice Wednesday August 18, 2021 at Berea.

“I always think it’s important when the team votes. When your teammates vote for you, I think that says a lot,” Stefanski said. “I think these guys are all great leaders in their own way and will provide great leadership to the team.”

It’s the first time during Stefanski’s tenure that he’s gone with captains throughout the season. Previously, it was a game-by-game choice.

Jack Conklin still on pace to potentially play Carolina Panthers

Stefanski reiterated a constant talking point regarding the availability of right tackle Jack Conklin for Game 1. He definitely wouldn’t say the All-Pro double would start on Sunday, but he also said he was progressing well.

Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jack Conklin talks with coach Bill Callahan during minicamp Wednesday, June 15, 2022 in Canton, Ohio at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

“He’s hitting all the benchmarks and we’ll keep bringing him,” Stefanski said.

Conklin suffered a torn patellar tendon against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 28. He trained on Wednesday.

Kevin Stefanski will have play calling duties

Throughout the preseason, Stefanski allowed several offensive coaches to handle call-of-play duties in games. Among those who have are offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing and receivers coach Chad O’Shea.

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday August 21, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Now that the regular season is here, there’s no doubt who will be the one to call the plays. Stefanski confirmed on Wednesday that he will handle those duties during games.

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