Barkevious Mingo Returns to Practice


The Cleveland Browns were without two of their starters last week with Jordan Cameron and Barkevious Mingo out. We already covered that the Browns are optimistic about Cameron playing this week (New Window). Mingo also returned to practice yesterday which is a good sign, even though he was limited, that he could play Sunday:

For the Browns the return of Mingo could be huge. Winning without two starters, against a team like the Saints, is almost unheard of in the NFL. Having Mingo back after 1 week, against the Rival Ravens, could help put the team over the top.

While some in the media are down on Mingo, the Browns seem  happy with his play. Mike Pettine is able to put Mingo all over the field depending on the team need. While he has been “close” to a lot of sacks and a lot of tackles he hasn’t made the type of impact plays many are hoping for. When “close” turns into “complete” Mingo could be dominate.

As is Pettine used Mingo in the first game in a hybrid role. He dropped into coverage a ton, almost playing like a in the box safety. His quickness around the corner, while sometimes overrunning the QB, forces the quarterback up in the pocket and off his spots often. With big Joe Flacco this week that could be huge to cause problems for Flacco on his deep drops, especially on play action.

Mingo’s return also helps with the depth/rotation for the Browns. Mingo, Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger provide a solid rotation for Pettine to sub in and out. Depending on the need all 3 can play at once as well. Since the Ravens have struggled to run the ball, the Browns pass rush could be key to holding down the offense. Having the tall, fast Mingo to cover tight ends Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels. Having him last week could of helped in coverage on big tight end Jimmy Graham.

Who will make a bigger impact Sunday if they play: Mingo or Cameron?