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21 Justin Gilbert CB

Cleveland Browns

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Browns CB Justin Gilbert dealing with hip injury
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert sustained a hip flexor injury during Tuesday's practice, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time.

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Browns' Justin Gilbert says his benching last season was beneficial
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert ended his disappointing rookie season on a sour note when he was deactivated in the season finale. However, Gilbert views the benching as something that could help his career, reports ESPN.com.

"I wish it hadn't happened that way," Gilbert said of the season finale. "But I think it really helped me."

Gilbert struggled throughout his rookie season, which he said humbled him and has led to a better work ethic. He added that he intends to let his actions speak for his improved maturity.

"That's the best I can do," he said. "Prove it every day."

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Browns expect big things from Justin Gilbert in year two
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert is defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil's candidate for a breakout season. 

"I would expect him to make a jump in year 2," O'Neil said, per Ohio.com. "I do see a new focus in him. I'm optimistic."

Gilbert had 28 tackles, one interception and eight pass defenses as a rookie. 

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Browns optimistic about CB Justin Gilbert improving
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

Browns defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil is optimistic that second-year corner Justin Gilbert will improve his play in 2015, according to the team's official website.

“I know he's working hard,” O’Neil said. “I'm looking forward to getting him back and see where he's at two weeks from now. I'm very optimistic for Justin in Year 2.”

Head coach Mike Pettine spoke about how Gilbert has been working out with teammate Joe Haden this offseason.

“We’ve gotten very positive feedback on how his offseason is going,” coach Mike Pettine said at last month’s owners meetings. “And like every other player, we are very much looking forward to getting him in town in April and we’ll see the progress that he’s made. I thought it was great of him to go seek out Joe. I know Joe works hard in the offseason down in Miami. It was good to see it.”

Gilbert, the eighth overall draft pick last season, finished his rookie year with 29 total tackles and one interception.

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Browns CB Joe Haden on Justin Gilbert: 'He is growing up'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

Browns cornerback Joe Haden has been working out with cornerback Justin Gilbertthis offseason. Haden is serving as a mentor on and off the field to the young cornerback. Gilbert has his struggles on the field as a rookie in 2014.

"He is growing up," Haden said, per the team's official website. "Justin's a very, very talented player. It's just going to take a little bit of time."

Gilbert, who was the eighth overall pick in last year's draft, was benched during the season in favor of fourth-round selection Pierre Desir and undrafted rookie K'Waun Williams.Despite his struggles, coach Mike Pettine believes in Gilbert's ability at cornerback.

"We've definitely seen flashes of his ability, and we've seen it in games as well," Pettine said in December. "I could make a 20-play cut-up of him where he'd look like one of the elite corners in the league, and I could make another 20-play cut-up where you wouldn't take him until Day 3 of the draft. In this league, it's all about being consistent."

As a rookie, Gilbert started two games. He totaled 29 tackles and one interception -- a pick-six of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

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YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2014Cleveland Browns142925.04012323.02318
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