Rookies Hughes, Winn contribute to Browns defense

3:01 PM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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BEREA -- For the second year in a row, the Cleveland Browns have two rookies making an impact on their defensive line.

First-round picks Trent Richardson at running back and Brandon Weeden at quarterback got the draft-day attention. Linemen John Hughes and Billy Winn hope to show that later-round selections can make a difference, too.

Both said after practice Monday that they are trying to bolster Cleveland's defense the way Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard did a year ago.

With Taylor out until at least midseason, the opportunity is there. Hughes, a third-round pick, has the early edge. Winn, a sixth-rounder, is learning fast and also playing well.

The Associated Press

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