CLEVELAND - It continues to be a business-as-usual approach to the biggest opportunity in his life for Browns rookie running back Jamaine Cook.
Cook, a running back from Youngstown State University, has completed three days of organized training activity (OTA) practices. He's stayed away from being awed by the setting.
"It's football," Cook said. "I enjoy playing it. The tempo is definitely a little faster and guys are more physical, but once you get used to that, it's just knowing your assignments."
Cook is one of six running backs on the roster. He's been working with the orange group, which is comprised of rookies.
"They keep telling me to work and know my assignments and stay ready," Cook said.
Cook was admittedly impressed when he first saw some of the established veterans, but he quickly put himself on par with them.
"After you get over that, you realize that these guys bleed just like you," he said. "They may have a bigger name, but they bleed, breathe and sweat just like you. I look at it like I can come in and compete."
BACK AT IT: Offensive lineman Jason Pinkston is pleased to be practicing. Pinkston missed the final 10 games of last season after a blood clot was discovered in a lung.
"When you're out for that long, you realize how much you really miss it," he said. "You want to be out there with your teammates. This is a second family."
CHANGING PLACES: Guards Shaun Lauvao and John Greco were on different sides of the offensive line during practice. Lauvao, who's started 32 straight games at right guard, was on the left side. Greco, who started the final 10 games in place of Pinkston at left guard, was on the right side.
The right guard is generally the better run blocker.
EARLY IMPRESSIONS: Defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes the athleticism he's seen from rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, the sixth overall pick in the draft.
"Before it was all on tape, and he was obviously an explosive player," Horton said. "He's a young man that played with his hand on the ground at LSU. Now we're asking him to stand up and do different things. He has a learning curve and timetable. We don't want to rush him. We want it to be a growing process. This is a complicated defense."
STILL UNCLEAR: There's speculation that the Browns are interested in free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer, who played high school football at St. Ignatius. Chudzinski didn't clear up the talk when asked about it.
"All that remains to be seen," Chudzinski said. "We're coaching these guys up right now. I feel good with this group and how they've progressed. It's too early right now to say anything."
CAMPING OUT: There weren't many highlights from day three of OTAs. Defensive end Desmond Bryant, one of the significant offseason acquisitions, used his height to block a pass. ... Quarterback Jason Campbell nearly connected with tight end Gary Barnidge on a deep throw. Barnidge and Kellen Davis were signed during the offseason to compete with Jordan Cameron. Tight end looks to be one of the weakest areas on the roster. ... There are seven more scheduled OTA practices before minicamp in early June.