BEREA — Greg Joseph was hanging out at the beach while Zane Gonzalez was missing four kicks in New Orleans.
“I was, you know, just living the South Florida life,” said Joseph, who was signed Monday to replace Gonzalez, who was waived. “I was out by the water, just having some fun with some buddies, relaxing, watching the games. Nothing crazy.”
Joseph is an undrafted rookie out of Florida Atlantic University. He spent the preseason with Miami and said the coldest games he’s kicked in were at Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee.
“I don’t know the temperature but there wasn’t any palm trees and the sun wasn’t shining,” he said.
The cold won’t be an issue Thursday night against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium, but Joseph will have to get used to the field, the wind off the lake, holder Britton Colquitt and snapper Charley Hughlett. Joseph trained in the offseason with Cody Parkey, who kicked with the Browns in 2016, so he’s picked his brain.
Joseph was among a group of kickers at a tryout Monday. He said he made six of seven field goals, with the lone miss wide right from 56 yards. He tried it again and made it.
“I felt like I hit the ball well,” he said. “Ecstatic to be here. Ready to give everything I’ve got and have a great time here.
“I believe I got here for a reason and the biggest thing is proving you belong and believing you belong.”
Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle) will miss his second straight game Thursday night. Jackson said it was too early to tell with linebacker Christian Kirksey (ankle) and free safety Damarious Randall (heel).
The Browns had a walkthrough Tuesday, and Ogbah, Kirksey, Randall and tight end Seth DeValve (hamstring) didn’t participate.
Receiver Jarvis Landry (knee), cornerback Denzel Ward (hamstring), defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun (hamstring) and left tackle Desmond Harrison (shoulder) were limited.
“I think we will be fine and be ready to play,” Jackson said of that group.
For the Jets, free safety Marcus Maye (foot), linebacker Josh Martin (concussion) and tight end Neal Sterling (concussion) didn’t practice.
GOOD LUCK, JOSH
Johnson hopes troubled receiver Josh Gordon can take advantage of a fresh start with the Patriots following a trade Monday.
“We won’t know until everything plays out,” Johnson said. “I’m hoping that’s what he needs to get his life together and get back on track. But unfortunately it wasn’t here.
“I hope he finds his way.”
After an All-Pro season in 2013, Gordon never came close to realizing his potential with the Browns. Johnson would love to see it happen with the Patriots.
“I really hope he does,” Johnson said. “Anybody I’m around that’s a good person and a good dude, I want him to do well.”
THE NEW GUY
Receiver Rod Streater played 36 games with Oakland and 16 with San Francisco. He’s also spent time with Kansas City and Buffalo.
He signed with the Browns on Monday after Gordon was dealt.
“It is annoying,” he said of the movement. “I would like to find a home, but that is part of the grind and the journey. You just have to keep pushing, and whatever happens and whatever opportunity comes up, you have to be ready.”
The Browns don’t have a real practice this week because of the quick turnaround, so it’ll be interesting to see if Streater (6-3, 200) is active for the game. At least he has experience with quarterback Tyrod Taylor from his stop in Buffalo.
“He took me in over there and helped me out,” said Streater, who has 127 catches for 1,755 yards and 10 touchdowns in his career. “I already have someone here who knows me and is on my side.”