Mike Pettine spoke glowingly Saturday about
Pettine said "hopefully the switch has been flipped" in regard to Mingo. The coach added that Mingo has gained much-needed weight and is now in the upper 230s. Mingo will also be put to the test in pass coverage, at which he was not adept a year ago.
The 240-pound Mingo has shown flashes of brilliance, but has too often disappeared. He has just two sacks since recording three in his first three games. Critics believe he needs to develop a wider variety of pass-rushing moves and gain strength.
The Browns face the Jets in Week 16.
It remains to be seen if rookie outside linebacker
Defensive coordinator Ray Horton said Thursday he would like to see Mingo unleash his potential as a pass-rusher, but isn't complaining about his work ethic. "He's doing everything we want," Horton told The Associated Press. "I'm challenging him to do more."
Mingo has started three of nine games in which he has played and has 18 tackles.
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