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Browns coach Freddie Kitchens talks Gerald McCoy, Baker Mayfield and more on Day 9 of OTAs - Press Conference

On his overall impressions of OTAs:

"I thought we got a lot accomplished. The base of everything that we are going to be doing is probably in. Again, that is just the starting point. You got to have a base to start with and we've done a good job of manufacturing that and we'll see where it takes off of from here."

On if he met with Gerald McCoy during his visit:

"I did."

On what are his impressions of McCoy:

"I like the kid. I like the person. Of course, I like the player. But more importantly, just getting to know the kid and I really like him."

On if he thinks the door is still open for McCoy to sign with the Browns:

"I do."

On if he is optimistic that something can get done:

"I am."

On if he has been in contact with McCoy since he left Cleveland:

"Every day, nah I'm just kidding (laughter). You know what, we want Gerald to go out and look at other places. Because when he makes the commitment here, we want him to be all in. Because everybody that is going to be here is going to be all in and that is what we need to get to where we are going. We are fine with him taking a look at everybody else. We do not care. Because we told him who we were and if that is who he wants, he will end up here. He knows the direction we are headed."

On if discussions got into his role on the team and playing time:

"No, it did no really get that specific. He knows he is going to be playing. I know the more good football players you have, the better you are, the better rotation is, the better you can get after a quarterback in a two minute drive. There is a staggering stat or something like 78 percent of two-minute drives, if you have a sack, give up a sack, anywhere along that way, your chances of scoring goes under 20 percent. He knows when we will want to put pressure on the quarterback. He knows that is what we are going to be about. Hopefully he wants to be a part of it."

On if McCoy is best at putting pressure on the quarterback:

"I think so. I do not know we'll see, Tony. I hope so. We're trying to sign him."

On how did the meeting go 'great' with McCoy:

"Just getting to know the guy. What he says is important and important to us. Vice Versa."

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On if their meeting went great:

"I think it went as good as it could."

On what would McCoy bring from a leadership standpoint:

"He's been in the league a long time, he's played 10 years. He has been through the fire. He would offer all those things. We are still young up front, in a lot of areas. Even the guys that we signed this year are still young, relatively speaking. Just every bit of leadership. But, leadership is being able to go out and do something and let somebody see you do it. Leadership can also be directing you off the field and on the field and everything else. There is a lot of different aspects of leadership. And we are going to try to create more than just one leader."

On how much does McCoy's goals align with his:

"Well, that's always our goal and if that's his goal, he's coming to the right place."

On if he felt like they leaned on the defense too much last year:

"First of all, you're trying to look to add competition. Then from that point, you try to add depth through that competition. And, the more depth you have, of course, the fresher you can be at the end of ball games. To answer your question, yes, but I think that's always an ongoing situation."

On what was the reason McCoy visited the Browns first:

"I do not know."

On any expectations on when he might find out something about McCoy:

"I know John (Dorsey) and them did a good job did a good of getting him in here. I would assume, or our travel lady (Debbie) did a great job."

On how does he think he is doing as a head coach:

"I do not know. I really do not try to evaluate myself, from that standpoint. I am just another coach. That is how I see myself as. I just have the responsibility; I have a platform, rather, to be able to talk to everybody involved. That is truly how I see it."

On if he is looking forward to having everyone back and seeing what he has:

"Yes, of course. It will be nice to have everybody here and get them some work. Get everybody ready to compete during training camp, when we're going to start forming the Cleveland Browns."

On how has Baker Mayfield navigated through sessions without some top players:

"You know one thing Baker can get better at, because we ain't got some of our top guys here. But, one thing Baker can get better at, although they are not here, is, he still got to go through his progressions. He still has to learn how to throw to different receivers. He still has to learn how different receivers come in and out of routes. So, he can continue to get better with his eyes, his declarations, his sights, his hots and his protection adjustments. And, throwing to different type guys coming out of breaks, because even when we have all three or four guys here, we have our top six guys. If we have our top six guys, every one of those six is going to come out of a break differently. So it is just the extra practice for that type setting. He's done a good job of that."

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On if Mayfield has to learn new language with Todd Monken as offensive coordinator:

"I would not think so. I mean, there is going to be some additional stuff that we are doing that we were not doing last year, because we were not able to put it in halfway through the year. From a standpoint of a core of what we are doing, there is not much difference. That does not mean that we are not collaborating on everything. But, Green Bay may call something different than we called it, we are all running the same thing. We had the same playbook at the beginning of the year as we did at the end of the year. We are all calling the same things. I think it has more to do with when you call those things and things of that nature."

On Austin Corbett taking snaps at center:

"I think as a football team, at this time of the year, when else do you have to judge someone's versatility? Whether they can do this, because you do not know what is going to happen when you get in a season. You do not know who you are going to lose. You do not know if you are going to stay completely healthy. You do not know who is going to play bad, alright? If you just want to speak the truth. The more you can do, the better off you are. We are just constantly rotating guys in. We are not trying to get anybody comfortable right now. We are wanting to see where they fit best for the Cleveland Browns and how they'll help us win the first football game."

On what he has seen out of right guard Kyle Kalis:

"I think all those guys are legitimate contenders. I do not know, you have only seen Kyle, I do not see it that way. They rotated every day. It just has not been the days that you guys have been out here."

On if he liked what he saw out of Kalis:

"Yeah, I like Kalis. I like Kalis a lot. He is aggressive, he is strong, just like everybody else, we are continuing to get better from a mental standpoint and from an assignment, alignment. If you can't get lined up, you can't know what to do. It is hard to play fast and we want to be able to play fast. He's in the boat with everybody else in that standpoint."

On what did he like about Dontrell Hilliard:

"I liked his versatility. His accelerated, speed, hands, his ability to make moves, cuts, avoid defenders. Dontrell is a good football player. He is a special guy on special teams too."

On if he anticipated Jarvis Landry to participate in camp next week:

"I do not know that, right now. Probably not."

On if Landry had a clean-up surgery:

"No, it is just more precautionary than anything."

On how does he feel generally about the depth:

"Me as a coach, I am always wanting guys to come on and come on some more. Because, like I said about the quarterbacks, I do not think you are ever a finished product with any position. So whether they are second team guys or third team guys or first team guys, it does not matter. I am always wanting me. They can always do more. They can do more in the meeting room which enables them to do more on the field. I am always wanting more but as far as depth, that is what it is. I feel like we are doing a good job, John (Dorsey) and his staff is doing a good job of providing the guys that have the potential. All right now, it is just like our tea, it is just potential. And that get you best and gets you fired. 

On what does he want to see out of Odell Beckham next week:

"I just want to see him."

On what did Beckham miss not being at OTAS:

"A lot. The offense."

On if still expects to see Duke Johnson on June 4 for minicamp:

"It is mandatory. Next week is mandatory. He should be here."

On if he is ready for the responsibility: 

"I'll be glad when the season gets here. I am a football coach."

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