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Browns player, position coach press conferences - 7/30

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Defensive line coach Clyde Simmons:**

On DL Myles Garrett:

"Myles is coming on just like we expected. Coming from whatever was bothering him in the spring, he is showing up. He is doing the same things that I ask of him and everything I ask of him. He is showing flashes every day. He is showing something special every day. I have nothing but good things to think about Myles."

 On if the Browns are eager to get DL Myles Garrett more reps in practice:

"Those things will take care of themselves. He has come here and He is working hard. He is doing everything we ask of him. He is doing some rookie things – mental errors and all of that stuff – but that is to be expected. Other than that, he is doing everything asked of him."

On DL Danny Shelton:

"Danny has proven that he is becoming a leader for our group. He is becoming a leader for us. He has a lot of fire in him, and I love that about him. He is getting a grasp on what we want in our system. He has been in a system where he was asked to be on a two-gap [assignment] and all of that stuff. We are more of an attacking-style defense. It is an adjustment for him, but he is getting better at it every day."

On Garrett running 100-yard sprints after practice the past two days:

"That lets me know that he feels like he is not in good enough shape to play our defense. I know he wants to be on the field as much as possible and all of that stuff, but he has to be in great shape to play our defense. If he wants to play as many plays as he is trying to play, he has to be in great shape." 

On if he told DL Myles Garrett to run sprints after practice:

"No, I didn't tell him to do that. That is one thing I admired about the young man. He does a lot of things on his own. He is not one of those complacent rookies where he is sitting back and just going through the motions of practice. He works at what he is doing, he asks the right questions and he does the right things all of the time."

On initial impression of the first full-pads practice:

"We have to get better. Up front, we have to get better. We were up and down in our technique. We were up and down in our effort. We were up and down in our mental errors, making mistakes and things like that. We have to get better. That is the simple thing for us."

On DL Larry Ogunjobi:

"Larry is coming on. He gives great effort. He is smart. He does not make a lot of mistakes. He just has to be more technically sound. There are some things he knows he has to work on. If you remember, Larry has only been playing football for six years. There are a lot of things that come naturally to guys who have been playing since they were eight-years old and they understand that about the game. Those are some of the things that he has been learning."

On DL Emmanuel Ogbah:

"Emmanuel is a good player. He has a lot of physical tools. He is getting to understand that being a left end he has to be a little bit more physical than he has been playing. Those things have been showing up every day."

On if Ogbah has that type of ability in him:

"I think he has it in him. A guy who is that quiet, there is a lot of fire in there."

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Offensive line coach Bob Wylie:**

On members of the OL returning for training camp:

"It always feels good when the guys come back. You look forward to see them coming back, getting back into the swing of things, getting back into the groove of what we are trying to accomplish. That is always a good feeling for the coaches at any position."

On members of the OL returning from injury, specifically OL Joel Bitonio, John Greco and Austin Reiter:

"We are bringing them back slowly. We are not bringing them back where they are going to practice 100 plays a day. We are bringing them back slowly. We will slowly fit them in. They are enjoying it."

On relying on the Browns training staff for how much OL returning from injury should practice:

"That is what they do. As a coach, whatever the trainer says to do, we do. I don't say, 'Hey, don't listen to him, get in there.' I was on staffs where a couple of coaches did that, and the next thing you know, you have a million lawyers and you have the media and you have everybody else saying, 'Hey, they shouldn't have done that.' (The trainer) says he is not playing, he is not playing."

On how an OL gels:

"It comes in the chemistry in the meeting room. The chemistry you create in the meeting room between the coaches and the players is more important than any X and O that I can draw on the board. That is the most important thing. The Xs and Os fall into place, but the chemistry that is created in that room is what really comes."

On the key to being a successful run blocker:

"Being physical. Good feet. Your center, your core, OK, your core and your footwork. You need to be able to recover and have good feet. It is the first thing, right? You look at somebody, when I am looking at the film and I say, 'Hey, draft this guy,' the first thing I look at is 'can he recover?' If he can't recover, I kind of stop right there because what is the sense in taking the guy if he can't recover and block somebody, right? Now, how are his feet moving? Can he recover and his feet are moving, he can stay on the guy. Now, if we can get those two parts together, then we just keep progressing from there. I like the tough guys, the physical guys and the smart guys, that all fits into it. Do you always get all those guys? No, you get guys that can block the guy. Like I had some guys at Tampa (Bay Buccaneers) that could block their guy and they weren't really physical guys, but they blocked their guys. Their guys don't make the play. I like the physical guys that put you to the ground and you get nasty with them and they love to get dirty and that stuff like that. Those are the kind of guys that my lines kind of resemble those guys. At the end of the day guys, it is did your guy make the play or not?"

On Bitonio's rehab and desire to return from injury and it showing his personality:

"He is a true professional. He has the passion and the heart for the game. I said that the last time I talked to you guys. He has that, and he worked himself into coming back and doing that. Joel Bitonio is a guy that I would go into the foxhole with. I would take him to war. I would go with him because I can trust him. I can trust him."

On how much practice time OL Joe Thomas needs to get ready for the season:

"Joe Thomas has played every play for 10 years. His amount of practice time you can count on one hand so what I am saying is, he will get himself ready. He will get himself ready the way he needs to get ready, and he has played next to Joel (Bitonio) before so the communication between them two is really good. He knows how to play the game. I am not worried about how many (practice) snaps he gets or if he doesn't have enough, no. He is fine in what we are doing."

On if it is mindboggling to think Thomas has played every snap for 10-consecutive seasons:

"That is mindboggling, yes. They should give him the yellow jacket now (laughter)."

On the competition at RT:

"It is going well. It is a good competition. It is fun to watch them (OLs Shon Coleman and Cam Erving). It is fun to watch them compete, especially in the room. They are competing in the room, as well as they compete on the field. That is a fun thing as a coach to watch those guys compete for that spot. Who is going to be the guy? I don't know. I have no idea."

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OL Joel Bitonio:**

On how he feels following his first full practice with pads since his injury:

"I feel good. I felt like I was just back to normal so that is a plus. It was good to get out there and run around with the guys and play football actually. When you are not in pads, you can do as many drills as you want, but actually hitting someone and running, tackling and hitting someone, it is as close as you are going to get to playing a game. It was really good to be out there, and I had a really good time. It was fun to practice."

On his mindset during a long rehab process:

"It takes time. It was hard. I was in a boot for 12 weeks or something like that. It was really a mental strain just as much as a physical strain. You couldn't do as much as you wanted. The trainers did a good job of telling me, 'Hey, it takes time. This first part you are not going to do too much, but once you get back, it is just about getting those movements back.' We really worked at it, and I am just thankful I'm back out there now."

On when he knew his recovery process was ahead of schedule and he would be ready for camp:

"I don't know. It is hard to say because I tried to take it a day at a time. Every time I came in there, I did what they told me to do. We kind of talked about a timeline, but they just kind of laid it out for me. When we were in OTAs, they were like, 'We are going to let you do some individual stuff during minicamp,' I had a feeling like, 'Maybe I will get to camp and be ready for that first game.' It is still a process and we are still getting there, but I'm excited to be back and actually playing football again."

On the Browns OL's success in yesterday's live tackling portion of practice:

"The first day of pads and the running backs were running hard, they had a couple of really good cuts in there. There were some good blocks going on. Also, the first day of tackling, the defense has not tackled in eight months or so. I think they were a little rusty, as well, but we came out there and we were firing. We had some good runs. I think we were averaging like 7 yards per carry during that period or something like that. It was a good start. The biggest challenge for us now is to come back out there today and have another good day for the offense."

On if Head Coach Hue Jackson was setting a tone by running the ball 10 out of 11 plays:

"We want to run the ball. That is part of our IQ. We have some big guys up front. We brought some new guys in. I think that is the goal of any team. A lot of people talk about running the ball, running the ball. We have to make that statement. We have to make him trust us to run the ball. If we are not getting 4 or 5 yards on a carry, then it is going to be hard for him to keep calling runs."

On RB Isaiah Crowell's development since his rookie season:

"He was here my rookie year, as well. We were both rookies together. He had good runs that year. He was a good player, but I think his vision and his poise have all improved. He has always had that patience to make the cut, but he is really just getting better and better. He had a few cuts in that period yesterday where he really saw some of the defense and they were over-pursuing a little bit, and he cut backdoor and had a few big runs. He is a good guy, so quiet but he just comes out and works every day. The other thing I have seen is he has really transformed his body. He has kind of leaned up a little bit, but he is running hard and is really committed to our team this year."

WR Kenny Britt:

On the Browns offense starting off yesterday's live tackling period with consecutive successful running plays:

"That is how we have to be on offense. We are going to line up, and we are going to play football. We want to punch people in the mouth. That is what I think we did to the defense yesterday. It was a good start. It all starts with the running game. That opens it up for the passing game. As a wide receiver, we like having one on ones."

On WR Corey Coleman producing during training camp:

"Corey is growing as a wide receiver, and he is looking good. He is doing some new things and getting in and out of his breaks and catching the ball."

On if he has ever been in a training camp that has a live tackling period:

"No, not at all. It was a little different. It was kind of fun to tell you the truth. Some coaches believe that going live and [potentially] getting injuries that it is silly this early in the season. It is actually good for the defense. Those guys have to learn how to tackle. The only way to learn how to tackle is going out there and tackle somebody. The ball carrier has to run through some things. You really can't get your pass rush and pass blocking game down without putting the pads on and hitting each other."

On if there have been any issues in the transition to a new team:

"No, not at all. Those guys welcomed me in here with open arms. The locker room is a great locker room. It is actually one of the best locker rooms that I have been in since I have been in the league in nine years. All of these guys are looking to get better and get to the next level and to see everybody on both sides of the ball pushing each other and wanting to get better, the competition in each one is unbelievable."

On his role as a veteran WR and having a leadership role:

"I am just trying to be me to tell you the truth. The things that I have been doing in my career, the good and the bad, hopefully, the young guys will not follow in the bad stuff's steps. That will fall on my shoulders if they do. I try to lead them in the right way on the field and off the field."

On the development of the younger WRs like Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins:

"Everybody is making plays. It is amazing. This is one of the teams that I have been in one of the camps and OTAs where every single receiver is out there making a play a day. Of course, we are going to have our mistakes. Everybody is going to have mistakes. I am nine years in and I still have my mistakes. Those guys are out there working hard. If they make a mistake, then the next day they will not make it again. That is all you can ask of them."

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DL Emmanuel Ogbah:**

On the first full-pads practice of training camp:

"I felt good out there. There is definitely room for improvement, but for the first day in pads, it was not too bad. I felt good."

On if it was frustrating that the Browns offense ran the ball as successfully as it did during live tackling yesterday:

"It was definitely frustrating, but we are getting better. That is what practice is for. That is what training camp is for. We just have to push ourselves and stop all of the holes that we are creating for the offense to run through."

On the message from defensive line coach Clyde Simmons and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after practice:

"It was intense. He just said that we can't let that happen to us and we are better than that. He got on us for doing that stuff, but it is all good. We are going to fix it for sure."

On if Williams would have made the team practice again if he could after watching the tape:

"Probably. I thought we were going to go back outside (laughter)."

On what he is focused on improving most in training camp:

"Just getting better – pass rush. I have been working on it during the offseason and I just want to perfect it, get better at it and keep pushing myself."

On Simmons saying playing left end requires him to be more physical than last year:

"It means a lot because the offense runs to our left a lot of times. They depend on me to set the edge so that the offense doesn't run around me. I have to be more physical with the tight end and the offensive tackle."

On how he plans to be more physical this season:

"The weight room and also that mentality that you are the key. You have to stop everything from coming your way. That is my main goal."

On Simmons' impact on the DL group:

"He is a players' coach. He is very knowledgeable. He has 130-some sacks in his career. A guy like that, you look up to. You want to get like that. He helps us out a lot. He gives us the keys to stop offensive linemen and get past offensive linemen. A guy like that is a great addition for us."

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OL Kevin Zeitler:**

On how an OL gels:

"I think it is just a matter of getting reps. It has been nice to get (OL) Joel (Bitonio) and Joe (Thomas) back and even John (Greco). We are learning how everyone works and how each other thinks. For three days, it has been a nice taste of what we can do."

On how the offensive line performed during the live tackling period yesterday:

"It was good. Our defense plays very hard. They bring a lot of things and it was nice that we were able to do a couple things, but we know they are going to ramp it up today and we have to be even better."

On working with OLs Shon Coleman and Cameron Erving as they compete at right tackle position:

"It has been great. They are both working hard. They are both very talented individuals, and it is nice to get this kind of comradery built because you never know what is going to happen during a season so the more people I work with, the better."

On if run blocking for RB Isaiah Crowell is different than run blocking for RB Duke Johnson Jr.:

"Not for us. Our only job is to move our people, make the biggest holes for whoever is back there and that is what we intend to do."

On if he enjoys run blocking:

"Yeah, I think so. Anytime you can run the ball, you want to, but whatever we are called upon to do, we will get it done."

On if Wisconsin players see Thomas as an icon:

"Everyone knows about Joe Thomas at Wisconsin. Before I got there, I knew about him, how he was such a great player right away and everyone wants to be the next Joe Thomas so a lot of people are striving to be that."

On Thomas never missing a snap in 10 NFL seasons:

"That is incredible, and I am really thankful I didn't take him out yesterday on that one play (laughter). I want him to keep him going."

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