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Training Camp

Browns player press conferences - 8/4

WR C.J. Board:

On training camp thus far:

"I think it is going pretty well so far. Getting familiar with the offense. The quarterbacks are doing well and making our job easier. It is going pretty well.”

On his focus in training camp:

“Just going out every day and making sure that I do my assignments right and to the best of my abilities and make plays.”

On being on the practice squads and trying to make a team’s roster:

“It is just adversity. It is a lot of bouncing around. You just have to make sure that every day you are home not on a team that you are working out and still getting some catches in so that you are ready when another team calls.”

On QB Baker Mayfield:

“Baker and all of the quarterbacks throw great balls. They make our job easy. I just have to run and catch it. They throw it in the right spot and they put it on the money every time.”

On being on a team during training camp rather than joining during the season:

“This way, I have a lot more time to study and focus on our offense and make sure that I know each and every positon. When my number is called, I know what to do and I can get my mind right so that I can play fast.”

On his chances to make the Browns roster:

“I hope. I just come out here and work hard every day. The film speaks for itself, and all I can do is make sure that I am doing things right and making plays.”

On having Hard Knocks at training camp:

“I do not even notice them out there most of the time. This is just normal to me. I am pretty sure it is as normal to me as everybody else. Just come out here and work.”

WR Rashard Higgins:

On if he feels that he has a good momentum in training camp and if an injury impacted his reps yesterday:

“Oh yeah, I am just looking forward to the next opportunity. There is nothing wrong with me. I am good. Ready to go.”

On his chemistry with QB Baker Mayfield:

“I think that the biggest thing is just us getting together and having a relationship off of the field. I feel like that is more important than it is on the field. Him being a rookie, I am really trying to show him the way because I am already three years in and he is making me look good. We both work for each other. Fortunately, our timing is perfect right now. It is showing.”

On if he is welcomed in the QB RV:

“Yes, it is pretty nice. You all have to go check it out, too (laughter).”

On having the Hard Knocks cameras around:

“We try to not get too caught in that just because it can be a distraction. We just try to come out here and work day in and day out and try not to look at the cameras. We know that they are there, but just keep working at the end of the day.”

On if he is ready for the first episode:

“Oh yeah, I am ready. I am going to be tuned in.”

On if he believes he can have a breakout season during his third year in 2018:

“I absolutely do. I feel like this is my chance. I just want to make the most of it. Referring back to me being cut, I know that was last year, but I am just working day in and day out to not be in that predicament.”

On WR Jarvis Landry:

“Jarvis has been where we want to be. Him going to Pro Bowls, Him having the yards, the catches, the TDs, as young guys coming in, that is where we want to establish ourselves. Have to make the catches and be a big playmaker. I feel like Jarvis is the leader in the group. We are all looking at what he does, and we go about it in our own manner. It is nice to have a leader like that in the receiver room.”

DL Emmanuel Ogbah:

On how the Browns first team defense is developing:

“It is going well. Everybody is working together, getting better every day, competing and that is what it is all about.”

On how the defense is improving on the goal line from last year:

“We have always been strong on the goal line. It is just that will – mano y mano – like I am not letting you get across this line. That is our mindset going in.”

On confidence in the defense with DL Myles Garrett and LB Jamie Collins Sr. healthy:

“We can be as good as we can be. Having all three of us back there at the same time, we want to be dominant. We want to be a dominant force on the field. We want to do our best to get back to the quarterback, make tackles, make big plays and help our team win games.”

On if he sees an opportunity for a big year playing in the same position in back-to-back years:

“I feel confident and ready for this year. I am ready to do the best I can to help this team win games.”

On key lessons to being a successful pass rusher:

“First of all, you are not stronger than everybody every time you go against some body so you have to have good technique going against good offensive tackles. You have to be prepared and be one step ahead of them.”

DL Larry Ogunjobi:

On if he will seize the opportunity of getting extra reps following injuries on the DL:

“Of course. I feel like every day when you come out to work, you grind and you work as hard as we have been and you have injuries and stuff, you always try to set yourself up for this opportunity, this moment to prove yourself. I do not work hard to be second best. I work hard to be the best. Any opportunity that is in front of me is my chance to seize it. You just have to go out there. My homeboys are hurt, but we still have to continue to raise the level of competition, continue to get better and just hold down the fort until our guys get healthy again.”

On if he will play more 3 technique than nose tackle following injuries:

“The way the coaches see me, they feel like I have the ability to play both positions because I can. Whatever they need me to do, I am more than happy to do. I have trained with (Bengals DL) Geno Atkins, and he is probably one of best defensive tackles that is in the league. I have mastered the aspects of 3 technique. I played nose guard throughout college so they are pretty much pretty similar to me and I played them. There is not too big of a difference.”

On if he could transition positions within a game or game week:

“Yeah, most definitely because I feel like it is good to have that type of versatility. It makes you more valuable as a player to be able to play both positions. I feel like my experience at nose playing all throughout college and then coming here and really training working on my ability out of 3 technique, whether it is interior pass rushing or stopping the run, I feel like I have been able to kind of take both of those positions and kind of merge them into one.”

On his connection with Bengals DT Geno Atkins:

“When I first got drafted here, I called up Chip Smith Performance in Atlanta, and I just wanted to get around some NFL guys. Chip told me that Geno was working there. I kind of just went out on a limb, got my hotel room, booked a rental car, got a flight and shot out to Atlanta. I did not know if Geno was going to rock with me or was going to help me out, but he welcomed me with open arms and has been like my big brother ever since. Even now, I trained with him this past offseason in Atlanta every day on my pass rushes, I am always sending him film to help me critique my game, tell me what I need to work on. If things are going a certain way, I just call him for advice. We talk every day about the goals I have, the things I have in place for myself and the things that I want to accomplish this year. It is good to have someone who has already done it who is in the position you want to be in be better and have somebody leading you along the way. He is a really good mentor. He is like my big brother.”

DB Damarious Randall:

On competing against WR Jarvis Landry:

“It is good to compete against one of the best receivers in the league, and we definitely get that chance with Jarvis.”

On improving each day in training camp:

“My job is to come out here and just find something to get better at. If that is guarding against Jarvis in the one-on-one drills, that is something that I am looking forward to each and every day.”

On what it takes to create turnovers:

“For one, we just have to communicate. For two, we have to disrupt the quarterback. For three, we have to catch and take away the ball. That is the name of the game – to take away the ball. That is just something that we preach each and every day.”

On the Browns having a consistent pass rush:

“I get very excited. With guys like (DL) Myles (Garrett), (LB) Jamie (Collins Sr.) and E Man (DL Emmanuel Ogbah), those are guys that can create their own blitz. They get instant pressure on the quarterback. When you have guys like that, you can drop more in coverage, which will help out us a little bit. It is working hand in hand together.”

On Collins’ being quieter in public and if he is the same in the locker room:

“Jamie is more of a lead-by-example kind of guy. That is the type of leader that he has been since I have been here.”

On guiding DB Denzel Ward and his messages to Ward:

“Just take it day by day. Just find something that you can get better at each and every day. The camp days get long, and sometimes it feels like déjà vu every day. I just tell him to find something that he can get better at.”

On Ward’s potential:

“I think that he has the ability to be one of the elite corners in this league. He is fast. He can run with anybody. The biggest thing that I am impressed with is his press technique. He is not scared to go up there and press anyone. That is one thing that you look for in a younger guy.”

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