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Davis feels at home in Cleveland

Posted Apr 2, 2013

Tight end Kellen Davis signed with the Browns because of the comfort level he had with the coaches and front-office staff.

After spending the first five years of his NFL career with the Chicago Bears, Kellen Davis was a free agent following the 2012 season. When it was time to choose where he wanted to play next, the decision came down to one factor: comfort.

That search for comfort led Davis to the Browns, with whom he signed a one-year contract on March 22.

“With the coaching staff and the organization, I thought it was just a good fit,” Davis said Monday. “I kind of felt at home here, and really think it’s going to be a good opportunity for me.

“This time around, I got to choose where I wanted to go. I just felt really comfortable with the staff and I think the offense is going to be good and I can fit right in. It’s not going to be that hard. I’ve run this type of system before, so it’s good.”

In five years with the Bears, Davis caught 47 passes, which he turned into 529 yards and 11 touchdowns. In each of the last two years, Davis has set career bests. He caught five touchdowns, including a long score of 32 yards, in 2011, and followed it up with a 19-reception, 229-yard, two-touchdown season last fall.

He has played in 80 consecutive games and made 35 total starts, 15 each in 2011 and 2012.

“I’m a balanced tight end,” Davis said. “I can run-block, and I can catch-and-run. That’s kind of how I go about doing it. I try to do everything pretty well. I want to be the best player I can and contribute. I’d like to catch a lot of passes and be solid in the blocking game, and help us rush for a lot of yards, just be successful in all facets.”

Along with more than 60 of his new teammates, Davis was at the Browns’ training facility for the beginning of the offseason workout program on Monday morning, where he said the team got off to “a good start.”

“I think it’s a big deal now because we have a brand new staff, a new offense, a new defense, all that stuff, so I think this time is more important than if it was an already established offense and defense,” Davis said. “This is a good time for us to jell and figure out where we’re going to go.”

During the workouts, Davis interacted with his fellow tight ends, including Jordan Cameron, Dan Gronkowski, Gary Barnidge and Brad Smelley, who have combined for 13 years of NFL experience.

“There’s some good guys,” Davis said of the tight ends. “I’ve worked out with Dan down in Florida in offseasons past, so it’s kind of good to at least know somebody here, and it seems like a good group of kids and we’re going to go out there and put in work together.”

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