BERIA, Ohio — Miles Garrett assisted patrons fourth-round defensive tackle Perian Winfrey, and they are both part of Cleveland-based Clutch Sports, which also represents LeBron James.
But Garrett is on a mission to win a championship, and if he sees something, he’ll say something. Winfrey, who held arguably the most enthusiastic Draft Day press conference in Browns history, was kicked out of practice on Friday because he was disciplined, coach Kevin Stefansky said.
When asked if he would share, Stefansky said “no.”
He also would not say whether Winfrey will play against the Jets in the home opener at First Energy Stadium on Sunday.
“Not going into any more details,” Stefansky said.
But Garrett sheds some light on what happened to the cheater in general terms.
“I think we all have to step up and say something, but sometimes silence speaks louder than words,” Garrett said on Friday. “We have used his voice several times and at the end of the day, he has to learn how to be a pro. Kevin took it into his own hands and he thought it was the right thing to do and I was behind my coach’s actions. I am completely
Garrett said the players didn’t need to alert Stefanski to the problem.
“It was very common sense,” Garrett said. “And it was easy to see. It wasn’t like we had to bring it to his attention. That was right, his actions were very clear.”
Winfrey’s rep declined to comment, leaving it to Brown to handle.
During Sunday’s 26-24 win over the Carolinas, Winfrey played only five snaps, but counted at least one of them: He batted on a Baker Mayfield pass in the second quarter to bring the third and -10. Grant Delpit picked Mayfield in the next game, and Kareem Hunt converted it into a 1-yard TD catch for a 7–0 lead.
Still, five snaps – accounting for 9% of the defense’s 53 – were a red flag in a position that has no star players and where Winfrey is expected to be a significant part of the rotation this season. Beginners are Taven Bryan, who played 44 snaps for 83%, and third-year pro Jordan Elliott, who played 41 snaps for 77%.
Winfrey, who has been low-profile since his boisterous draft-day press conference, posted a screenshot from the video board during a team meeting on his social media accounts before a Panthers game. It read: Q: When was the last time the Browns won the season opener? Answer: 2004.
It is unknown whether postings from team meetings got him in hot water.
Defensive line coach Chris Kiffin congratulated Winfrey and fellow rookie defensive-lineman Alex Wright for getting back-to-back bats before Delpitt’s pick.
“It affects the game, and we’ll continue to focus on what kind of quarterback we’re playing,” Kiffin said. “We’re always trying to bat the balls down.”
“Perian, he’s got limited photos,” Kiffin said. “He actually got a trap on the second play of his NFL career, so of course he got out, and he wasn’t ready for it. It was nice to get him there early, and it was a low volume game overall. He didn’t get that many reps.”
Winfrey won over the Browns fans with his Draft Day proclamations.
“A Dog Mentality!” Winfrey said. “Come on now! I’m coming to kill with my boys right away! I’m standing next to Miles Garrett! The best defensive end in the game! We’re going to take it – over! It’s over! I Telling you! It’s over! I’m going to come in and work every single day until I can’t work anymore!
“It will fill me up every single day, sir. I’m going to give it my all on and off the field! Whatever is negative in my game, I will turn into a positive by the start of the season.”
He now has at least one negative to turn into a positive.
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