The Cleveland Browns have listed Davone Bess and Greg Little as their starting wide receivers to start of the 2013 NFL season. That pits Bess against the team that traded him, the Miami Dolphins, in the season opener. For Bess it’s not a grudge match but an opportunity to establish himself as a player.
“It’s Week 1. That’s my mindset,” Bess said. “It’d be easy to get emotional, knowing that I spent the first part of my career there. But I want to treat this game as if it was any other game. Stay poised and just execute and try to win a game.”
“Things happen,” Bess said. “We all know how this business is. When I got traded, it was in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins. I’m a Cleveland Brown now. No grudges at all. I’m thankful to be here.”
Bess played in Miami for 5 seasons making 33 starts in 77 games according to Pro Football Reference. he caught 321 passes for 3,447 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was pretty consistent for the Dolphins averaging 64 catches a season and around 10.7 yards per reception.
Browns fans didn’t get to see a lot of Bess in the preseason, he wasn’t held out because of an injury though he says.
“A lot of it was for maintenance,” he said. “I’ve been around for a little bit. The coaches were kind of taking care of me. I’ll be ready Sunday.”
The missed time didn’t effect his chemistry with Brandon Weeden.
“For the reps we that we didn’t make up for from a physical standpoint on the field, we got them in the walk-throughs or in the meeting room,” Bess said. “We call them mental reps. They’re just as important as the physical ones. As long as we’re on the same page and understand each other, I don’t think it will throw off the timing.”