CLEVELAND - The learning curve just got much faster for Browns backup tight end MarQuis Gray.
With Jordan Cameron likely to miss the road game against the New York Jets Sunday, Gray could see an increase in playing time. So far the quarterback-turned-tight end has been primarily limited to action at quarterback in the wildcat. He has two receptions for 8 yards.
Gray played quarterback at the University of Minnesota and was tested at the position at the NFL combine. He began making the transition to tight end after being signed by the San Francisco 49ers after the draft.
The Browns signed him to the active roster off the 49ers' practice squad. He feels he can develop into a reliable tight end.
"If I can put in the work, no doubt," Gray said. "I have a lot more work to do coming from quarterback. If I put in the work and get my technique down, there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to do it."
Having played quarterback might work to Gray's advantage.
"It helps out a lot when I'm running routes," Gray said. "Being a quarterback previously, what the quarterback is looking at coverage-wise and what holes he's looking at and what windows he's looking at helps me running those routes."
Gray is listed at 6-4 and 250 pounds. That's a prototypical size for a tight end, but Gray wants to improve his strength to better handle the blocking assignments that will be asked of him.
Cornerback Joe Haden missed practice as he continues his recovery from a hip injury. It appears doubtful that Haden will start.
The Browns have tested their depth at cornerback. Chris Owens, who was waived Tuesday, was recently put on injured reserve. Owens and Haden have been the starters most of the season.
Buster Skrine has logged more time. When Haden went down last Sunday, Jordan Poyer was pressed into duty.
ON THE MEND: Guard John Greco missed practice as he nurses a knee injury. Greco missed the game against the Bears. It's possible that Jason Pinkston will get another start at left guard.
FAMILIAR FACE: Former Browns tight end Kellen Winslow is listed as a backup behind Jeff Cumberland for the Jets. Winslow was traded to Tampa Bay after the 2008 season in exchange for a second-round choice in the '09 draft.
The Browns used the pick on Hawaii linebacker David Veikune, who was one of three disastrous second-round picks by former coach Eric Mangini. The other two were receivers Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi.
GOOD START: Former Kent State University offensive lineman Brian Winters starts at left guard for the Jets. Winters was a third-round selection in the 2013 draft.
INJURY REPORT: In addition to Cameron, Greco and Haden, out for the Browns were linebacker Eric Martin (illness) and tight end Andre Smith (calf). Limited were linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (non-injury), running back Willis McGahee (concussion/knee), defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and offensive tackle Joe Thomas (back).
Winslow (knee) didn't practice. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip), receiver Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring), defensive back Ellis Lankster (jaw) and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson (wrist/finger) were limited.