BEREA — Corey Williams’ comments earlier in the week created a “controversy” big enough to find room on the back page of the New York tabloids, but he took the dust-up in stride.
“Man, you know what? The only thing I gotta say, we’re only a couple days away,” Williams said Friday. “We’ll see. That’s that.
“All I gotta say is: Monday night.”
Williams, a defensive end who was acquired from Green Bay in an offseason trade, was asked earlier in the week about stopping running back Brandon Jacobs, who visits Monday night with the Giants.
“If we can come out and hit him in the mouth from the jump, he tends to slow down and do some tiptoeing,” Williams said. “It’s a zone-blocking scheme that lets him run and pick a hole. There ain’t nothing physical about them.”
Defensive end Shaun Smith added he “had no problem when I had to take down Jerome Bettis, so I’m not worried about trying to take down Jacobs either.”
Jacobs is a beast of a back at 6-foot-4, 264 pounds and has averaged 5.8 yards a rush in the Giants’ 4-0 start. He tried to take the high road Thursday when asked about Williams’ comments, but some sarcasm seeped through.
“We didn’t talk about what he said about us,” Jacobs said. “We said that the way he said it was not proper grammar.
“Some of them are probably shaking. It gives me a little joy.”
Jacobs didn’t make any friends during the preseason meeting with Cleveland. He did a lot of trash talking that drew the ire of Browns players.
“There were a bunch of people talking,” Williams said. “I will (trash talk), but I ain’t big on that.
“I’m big on just getting out there, playing.”
Coach Romeo Crennel still hasn’t named a starter at right tackle, even though Kevin Shaffer (concussion) didn’t practice Thursday or Friday and Ryan Tucker has gotten all the repetitions with the first team.
“Shaffer hasn’t been ruled out yet so I’m going to wait to get a final determination on Shaffer before I make any determination about Tucker,” Crennel said.
Shaffer has started the past 20 games at right tackle, and Tucker hasn’t played this season after breaking a hip in offseason workouts. He practiced all week and is listed as questionable.
“Ryan Tucker is a competitive guy and he will represent himself well,” said Crennel, who said Tucker’s timing would be the biggest issue. “It might take a rep or two for him to get to that point where he’s totally comfortable.”
Whoever gets the start must contend with Giants left end Justin Tuck, who has three sacks and four tackles for loss.
“I look forward to it,” Tucker said of the matchup. “If I do get to start, man, I’m going to go out there and play my (butt) off.”
Smith missed practice to see the surgeon who repaired a broken bone in his hand. If everything checked out, he was to get a new cast and start against the Giants.
• Safety Sean Jones, who had arthroscopic knee surgery following the opener, returned to practice Friday. He was limited and listed as questionable.
• Safety Mike Adams (foot), nose tackle Shaun Rogers (shoulder), receiver Donte Stallworth (quadriceps) and running back Jason Wright (knee) are probable.
Warner Home Video and the NFL will release the “Complete History of the Cleveland Browns” on Tuesday. The two-disc set covers the early years in the All-America Football Conference through the current era.
• The Browns will honor the 2008 Legends Class on Monday night. Defensive back Warren Lahr (1940s/1950s), defensive end Paul Wiggin (1960s), defensive tackle Walter Johnson (1970s) and running back/kick returner Eric Metcalf (1980s/1990s) will be honored with a special halftime ceremony and presented with their plaques to be hung on the facade of Cleveland Browns Stadium.
• The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will be at the gates collecting donations in support of breast cancer research, and the Browns will honor all breast cancer survivors in attendance. Fifty survivors will help form the gauntlet as the Browns take the field in pregame introductions.
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