It’s been a strange year for a Browns rookie. Perrion Winfrey. While on the bench in Week 2 for disciplinary reasons, Winfrey missed Cleveland’s final game with a concussion. The concussion he received when he crashed his scooter into a pole.
Now he’s looking to play Sunday and face the Buccaneers quarterback. Tom Brady.
“It’s like something I’ll be able to write in my book one day,” Winfrey said via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I was gone for about a month and the first game I’m coming back in was against probably the greatest quarterback of all time, and then I have a chance to maybe fire him if this is his last year. So I’m just happy that I can go there and give it my all and I’m not going to say I’m going to do something. I’ll just make sure I do my job in every game and the results will follow.”
The results did not follow Winfrey’s fourth round pick in the 2022 draft. He came out of concussion protocol on Friday after an unfortunate collision with an immovable object.
“I was driving around the neighborhood and just hit a pole,” Winfrey said. “Nothing crazy. [Editor’s note: Other than crashing a scooter into a pole.] I looked back to see if my friend was still standing behind me, and when I looked back, I collided with a pole. Just things I have to overcome as a beginner. Little things here and there.”
Winfrey believes that he is making progress when it comes to growing up.
“Honestly, over the past month, I just changed my point of view, as I was able to reboot and focus on what I need to focus on,” Winfrey said. “I’m just grateful to be able to do what I love, so I started to take this job more seriously and left alone everything else that had nothing to do with it.”
Protective end Miles Garrett sees growth in Winfrey.
“I definitely feel like he still has some room to go this season and live up to the standards he’s set,” Garrett said via Cabot. “But I mean, maturity, he steps forward and goes forward and I know the energy he has is contagious and we love the way he talks and the confidence he brings to the room. But we also need him to bring that to the performances. He didn’t play as much as he wanted to, or maybe I wish he played because things happened to him here and there.”
Here it is again. “Here and there.” Winfrey needs to keep working on getting to grips with what’s going on “here and there” if he hopes to fulfill his potential here, there, and everywhere.