"He is growing up," Haden told the team's official website. "Justin's a very, very talented player. It's just going to take a little bit of time."
"We talk about plays, talk about things off the field, what I need to do to get better," Gilbert said. "And how to carry yourself like a pro."
Gilbert's words are encouraging after what we heard at the combine, where coach Mike Pettine issued curious comments about the cornerback's "personal issues" before general manager Ray Farmer spoke in hazy terms, saying that you "learn more information about a player" the closer you get to him.
Gilbert's failed campaign put plenty of pressure on a Browns front office that also saw Johnny Manziel crash and burn with a vengeance. If the young cornerback can bounce back in 2015, it would serve as a major boost for a Haden-led secondary that finished the season as the eighth-ranked unit in the NFL.