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John Greco | Guard

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 318
College: Toledo
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Browns RG John Greco started the team's preseason opener Saturday night.
Greco opened training camp on the active/PUP list, but is healthy now and played all three of the Browns' first-team possessions. He's clearly ahead of Garrett Gilkey on the depth chart. Greco was a top-30 NFL guard at Pro Football Focus last year. He excelled in pass protection but slipped a bit in the run game. Sun, Aug 10, 2014 04:01:00 PM

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Browns placed RG John Greco on the active/NFI list

Greco is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and doesn't have a timetable to return. The missed time will allow Garrett Gilkey to get the majority of first-team reps at right guard, with rookie Joel Bitonio getting snaps next to LT Joe Thomas. 29-year-old Greco made 14 starts and graded out positively in pass protection last season, but isn't a lock to keep his starting job in a new offense.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 04:53:00 PM

The Browns used John Greco at right guard during their pre-draft minicamp.

Greco primarily played left guard in 2013, but has experience on the right side and may appeal to new OC Kyle Shanahan more there due to his run-blocking prowess. NFL teams like strong run blockers at right guard and right tackle. At the minicamp, Mitchell Schwartz played right tackle with Paul McQuistan at left guard. Joe Thomas and Alex Mack remain entrenched at left tackle and center.
Fri, May 2, 2014 03:10:00 PM

Browns LG John Greco sustained a sprained knee during Sunday's Week 14 loss at New England.

The injury is being called a "minor" MCL sprain. Greco, who has played virtually every snap for the Browns this season, went down in the second quarter and did not return. He was replaced by Jason Pinkston. It's unclear if he'll be available for Week 15.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 09:07:00 AM

Browns LG John Greco's five-year contract has a max worth of $13 million if he maintains a starting job.

If Greco plays as well as he did in 2012, it's a steal of a deal for the Browns, who also protected themselves by making the deal worth just $6 million over five seasons if Greco loses his starting job. Just $3 million of the pact is guaranteed. Greco is expected to be Cleveland's starting left guard this season. Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston are competing to start at right guard.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 04:31:00 PM

Browns signed OG John Greco to a new five-year contract.

Acquired from the Rams for a seventh-round pick prior to the 2011 season, Greco has developed into a mauling run-blocking guard. He's now locked up through the 2017 season, and the new deal likely solidifies his spot as a starter at one of the guard spots. Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao will compete on the other side. Greco had one year left on his deal at $800,000.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 04:24:00 PM

The Akron Beacon-Journal reports Brown OG John Greco appears to be a "front-runner" for one of the starting guard spots.

Greco, Shawn Lauvao, and Jason Pinkston are in a three-way competition for both starting guard positions. Greco received the most first-team reps -- mainly at right guard -- in spring practices, followed by Lauvao and then Pinkston. After starting just four games in his first four seasons, Greco started ten contests last season and was easily Cleveland's best guard.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 06:07:00 PM

Browns OG John Greco has been lining up as the team's starting right guard in OTAs.

Greco, 28, started ten games in place of injured LG Jason Pinkston last season, and he was easily the team's best guard. He's a mauling run blocker, and is entering a contract year. Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao are rotating at left guard.
Sun, Jun 2, 2013 10:43:00 AM

Coach Pat Shurmur said there's been no real drop-off in production since LG John Greco replaced injured starter Jason Pinkston.

Pinkston is out for the season with a blood clot in his lung, but Greco has more than held his own. In three starts, the 2008 Rams third-rounder has made Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week twice.
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 11:03:00 AM

Browns signed G John Greco to an undisclosed contract.

Acquired last summer from St. Louis in exchange for a 2012 seventh-round pick, Greco appeared in 15 games, playing primarily on special teams. He has run-blocking potential, but through four NFL seasons has only four starts.
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 05:07:00 PM

Browns acquired OG John Greco from the Rams in exchange for a conditional 2012 seventh-round pick.

The 65th overall pick in 2008, Greco had support among the Rams' scouting staff but his inability to consistently pass protect was his undoing. St. Louis valued keeping Sam Bradford upright over all else. Greco is familiar with new head coach Pat Shurmur, and the Browns may be gearing up to release overrated LG Eric Steinbach. Either way, Greco should make the 53-man roster.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 10:59:00 PM

Sources tell Rams beat writer Jim Thomas that OG John Greco has been traded to the Browns.

Greco was not a favorite of St. Louis' coaching staff last year (they played him behind the ineffective Adam Goldberg), and will now have a chance to showcase his run-blocking prowess in Cleveland. He apparently had a fan in Pat Shurmur, his former offensive coordinator in St. Louis and now head coach.
Sat, Jul 30, 2011 10:36:00 PM

Rams agreed to terms with OG John Greco on a one-year contract.

A three-year veteran, Greco was tagged with an original pick tender prior to the lockout, making him a restricted free agent. The run-blocking specialist will get a chance to start this season, possibly replacing Adam Goldberg.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 06:50:00 PM

Rams extended restricted free agent OG John Greco an original pick tender.

Greco is a three-year vet, meaning his tender will last past the next CBA. One of St. Louis' better run blockers, Greco doesn't seem to be a coaching staff favorite. He played behind ineffective Adam Goldberg most of last year.
Wed, Mar 2, 2011 07:28:00 PM

Rams G John Greco had surgery on his wrist over the weekend and is expected to miss two to three weeks.

This won't affect the Rams' offense too much as they now have Adam Goldberg on the bench. Greco will get a good view of Jason Smith's NFL debut.
Thu, Sep 10, 2009 09:57:00 AM