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5 things to know from Day 1 at the NFL Combine: Breshad Perriman's future, Baker Mayfield's motivation and more

INDIANAPOLIS -- Freddie Kitchens made the media rounds Wednesday at the NFL Combine, and we're breaking down the five biggest news items from an hour-plus of interviews.

1. Kitchens hopeful Breshad Perriman is next to re-sign

Kitchens took pride in seeing wide receiver Breshad Perriman resurrect his NFL career with the Browns. Now, he'd love to see that comeback story continue to play out in 2019 and beyond.

Perriman, who took the top off opposing defenses on multiple occasions during a standout second half of the season, is set to be a free agent when the league year opens March 13.

"Breshad's a good football player," Kitchens said. "Breshad had more success with us than he has with anybody else. Of course we've got plans for Breshad moving forward. Hopefully we get him back."

Perriman, a 2015 first-round pick by the Ravens, signed with the Browns midway through the 2018 season. He emerged as a regular member of the wide receivers rotation and really took off when Kitchens was elevated to offensive coordinator. He finished the season with 16 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns.

The Browns on Monday re-signed another former first-round pick who found new life in Cleveland, left tackle Greg Robinson.

2. Kitchens not worried about hierarchy in RBs room

The early February signing of Kareem Hunt raised a number of questions about the overall state of Cleveland's running backs room, but Kitchens maintained it was status quo.

Nick Chubb, he said, is the team's running back and Duke Johnson Jr. will continue in his role as a change-of-pace option out of the backfield.

"Nick Chubb's not going to back down from any competitive situation," Kitchens said.

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3. Confidence high in veteran QB Drew Stanton

Kitchens expressed confidence in veteran quarterback Drew Stanton, who could be elevated to the backup role for the 2019 season.

Stanton, who was mostly inactive throughout the season while serving as the team's third option at the position, was viewed as a vital cog in Cleveland's quarterback room. He was a valuable mentor to Baker Mayfield, the fourth No. 1 pick quarterback whom with he'd been a teammate, and served as an in-house expert of sorts with the offense.

Stanton, though, can still play, Kitchens said. And in the event Cleveland loses Tyrod Taylor in free agency and doesn't add a quarterback to the roster who ascends Stanton on the depth chart, Kitchens is confident the 12th-year veteran would be more than capable in the role.

"Drew Stanton's last 16 games he started … he's 10-6," Kitchens said. "We feel like Drew can play. He's not there to be a secular coach or whatever. Drew can play. If there's somebody out there that betters our football team, I'm sure that's what general manager John Dorsey and his staff will do."

4. Mayfield 'deserved' Rookie of the Year

Kitchens isn't playing mental gymnastics with Baker Mayfield coming up short in the NFL's Rookie of the Year voting.

Mayfield, who set the NFL rookie record with 27 touchdown passes and spearheaded the Browns' seven-win, turnaround season, finished second to Giants running back Saquon Barkley. Asked if this slight potentially could be a good thing for Mayfield, Kitchens shook his head.

"I thought he deserved it. I like to see people get what they deserve rather than use something negative to turn it into a positive," Kitchens said. "I'd rather he just get what he deserves. Maybe that's a weird thought. If you think somebody deserves something, you'd like to see them get it.

"I don't think Baker needs any motivation from any outside source. That's one of the good things about this Combine. You try to find out what people are motivated by. You want the importance of football to be at the top of that. The importance for Baker that football has in his life is very much up there."

5. Motivation for days

Kitchens was asked about the overall confidence inside the Browns' headquarters in Berea. His answer didn't disappoint.

"I think it's very confident and we're not scared to talk about it. I'm not and hopefully nobody else in the organization is either," Kitchens said. "There's a lot of expectations right now. We want to thrive on those expectations because we are putting those expectations on ourselves. We're not scared to talk about those expectations. We only have one goal here in Cleveland and that's to win the Super Bowl. That's the only goal. There's going to be 31 teams sad every year. There's only one happy team and we want to be that happy team. Why not us?

"The narrative is changing in Cleveland. It changed the second part of the year but it's going to change moving forward also. We're in this thing for one reason and one reason only, collaboratively, to do the things necessary to put a good product on the field and ultimately to win football games."

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