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NFL News: Browns hold tryouts for three punters

While the punt unit blocking would need to be reenforced, the Cleveland Browns may also have to contend with an injured Spencer Lanning. Aaron Wilson of National Football Post reports that the Browns held tryouts for three different punters this week, bringing in Zoltan Mesko, T.J. Conley and Robert Malone. None of the three were immediately signed.

Lanning was the victim of shoddy interior blocking this past Sunday, leading to a punt being deflected and another being fully blocked and returned for a touchdown. He has been participating fully in practice this week, but has been listed with a left knee injury. Lanning has a 44.9 average and a 38.0 net, ranking 26th among NFL punters. Earlier this season, Lanning was named Special Teams Player of the Week after he had a solid showing as a punter, but also threw for a touchdown pass as well as converting an extra point.

Earlier this week, Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski put the special teams unit on notice.

“I’m disappointed in our performance as a team,” said Chudzinski. “Simply had too many mistakes and critical errors, particularly in the second quarter… Our veterans have to play better, our young guys have to play better and it needs to happen right away.”

A former punter for New England Patriots, Mesko was last with the Pittsburgh Steelers this season before being released and replaced by Mat McBriar. He went to high school in Cleveland and college at The School Up North.

[Related: Are the Cleveland Browns a better team than last year? — A WFNY Roundtable]

  • maxfnmloans

    Seriously? We have been rolling with 2 QBs (actually, one and a half) since Hoyer went down, and yet as soon as there’s a hiccup with the punter they can have 3 different guys in? Just in case anyone was wondering how the front office REALLY felt about this season…

  • Harv 21

    Surprised that like no one’s mentioned something about the first block: Lanning had to run and twist to his right to catch the snap, which certainly cost him time to get the kick off and may have put him more directly into the line of fire of the incoming rush. With that bad snap, missed blocks and giving up the long return just before the half, an awful special teams day.

    Maybe they ignored these basics in favor of installing other stuff during the bye week.

  • Natedawg86

    I am going to get a tire in my back yard and start my four year old early on becoming a snapper. I mean, how hard really is that job?

  • Natedawg86

    And we have not had a QB controversy since…

  • tnb

    Very, actually.

  • mgbode

    what do you want them to do? we apparently scanned the PS of teams for QBs and liked Tolzein. He rejected our offer to be on the 53man to stay in GB’s PS (and ended up being a smart move as he’s now their starter because Seneca sucks).

  • mgbode

    as long as your 4yo grows into a strong 280lb frame and can snap the ball with perfect precision and spiral to the holder every single time and, in the same motion, pop up and block the oncoming rushers, then he’ll do just fine.

  • Natedawg86

    Sounds simple enough haha…Pontibrand begs to differ

  • Harv 21

    better you should papoose his right arm and make him throw a baseball lefty through that tire for a decade and a half or so.

  • Harv 21

    agree with Max. They don’t have to be picky about the next up QB, just has to be a sentient being not named Brandon. Because the next time Campbell takes a rib shot seeing the redhead put on his helmet again will be the ultimate Sunday buzzkill.

  • mgbode

    it worked against Buffalo!

  • mgbode

    or stretch him to ensure he grows to be over 7′ in height

  • Harv 21

    I view the papoose as more humane. But I recognize this is subjective.

  • maxfnmloans

    This x 1000. Thank you Harv

  • maxfnmloans

    I agreed with what Harv said below, but also only 2 having QB’s on the roster? I honestly haven’t heard of a team only having 2 QBs in along, long time. I could be wrong. perhaps it is common, but AFAIK, it is not normal to only have 2 QBs (sorry MarQueis Gray, you’re on the roster as a TE, so no matter what you did in college, in my mind, you are not a QB)

  • maxfnmloans

    not sure if serious. Buffalo has a longer playoff drought than the Browns

  • maxfnmloans

    my Wife thought I was kidding when I told her I wanted to do that. Things got ugly at the ol’ Fnmloans house that day, I tell ya what

  • maxfnmloans

    my son is 27 months and 43″ tall….doctor estimates 6-8 to 6-10. I know I can get that extra two inches somehow

  • mgbode

    just noting that Weeden’s only acceptable performance was coming off the bench in a game (happened to be against the Bills). he also looked completely wretched in the 1st half of that game but started just lofting a few deep in the 2nd half and won the game.

  • mgbode

    deer antler spray, mongoose urine, and some calcium pills should do the trick. twice a day for the next 10 years and let me know if it worked 🙂

  • maxfnmloans

    can I grind down the antlers in my avatar? hot damn!

  • ron

    zoltan mesko graduated from twinsburg – not exactly a “high school in Cleveland”. not that difficult to do research and get that correct. sheesh