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Browns player quotes - 11/27

TE Gary Barnidge:

On if the QB situation has been a distraction:

"No, not at all. We don't allow anything to distract us because you can't. We're a team. We're all together."

On excitement to play Monday Night Football:

"It's good. It's a great experience. It's fun. It's going to be on national television. Everyone is going to be watching. It's going to be a great experience for everybody."

On if he has played in any other Monday night games:

"I played one – one in Carolina."

On his performance in that game:

"Had a catch. It was against Minnesota and had a long catch against them."

On if the energy for a Monday night game is different than a Sunday game:

"I think it will be for everybody. Everybody will be a little more amped about it, but it's still a National Football League game. It doesn't matter what day it is, you're still playing in the NFL so everybody's going to be excited about it no matter what."

On if film from the first matchup against Baltimore factors into Monday's gameplan:

"You look at it, but you can't go by that because obviously, they're going to change things up so it doesn't happen again. You can't really go by that. You just have to do what you can do and be ready to go."

On if the Ravens will change how they defend him:

"I really don't think they will. I think they'll be ready to go. They're going to know everybody is coming. They're going to know everybody is getting the ball so it's not going to be one person they're going to defend."

On his confidence in QB Josh McCown coming off a rib injury:

"We have confidence in all of our guys. All the quarterbacks, we have confidence in all of them. We're not worried about it one way or the other and we're excited about it. It's going to be fun."

OL Joel Bitonio:

On if he could potentially play Monday or if he will he be held out another week:

"You want to play in as many games as you can. That is the next game right now. That is what I am trying to focus on – do anything possible to get me ready to try to see I can go on Monday."

On how his ankle feels today after practicing in a limited basis and tying that into the decision to play or not Monday:

"That is exactly what we are trying to do. We are trying to test it out and see where it is at after you go and do a few things and see if you can play four quarters. It is a long game. It is more than the five or six plays at a time you get out at practice. We will see how that goes and how it responds in the morning."

On if his ankle injury occurred on the first play or the second play of the series against Cincinnati:

"It was the first play and then the second play was the same thing. It was a combination of both, but it was the first one that really did it."

On if he has ever suffered an injury in that fashion:

"No, not like this."

On if it makes sense to sit one more week to be completely healed and healthy:

"I think if I am ready to play, they are going to put me out there. If I am going to help the team, I think they will put me out there. Obviously, they don't want me to get re-injured or re-aggravate something, but I think if I am ready to go, they will put me out there."

On if OL Cameron Erving has leaned on him for advice:

"I think I have tried to help and he has asked me some questions. When you have guys like (OL) Joe (Thomas) and (OL) Alex (Mack), too, they are out there helping him a lot. He has come along and is doing alright."

On if the QB situation this week has been a distraction:

"No, it is what it is in our book. This week, (QB) Josh (McCown) is our starting quarterback and we are ready to go out there and try to beat Baltimore again and do it with Josh."

On playing on Monday Night Football:

"It is pretty cool. I think it is pretty cool for Cleveland, too. They have a Monday night home game. I wish we were doing a little better right now. It is pretty cool. I think a lot of the guys in the NFL, your peers watch that. It will be cool to get out there as a team and try to do as much as we can on Monday night to prove that the Browns are trying to save their season a little bit."

OL Cameron Erving:

On Baltimore's front seven:

"They are a quality team. Every team in the NFL is good. You just don't put it together each week. Every team in the NFL has the potential and has good players. The Ravens, we have always known that they have a great defense. It hasn't been as glaring this year, but they still do what they do and they do it well. Teams know how to pick at your weaknesses and that is what they do. We try to pick at team's weaknesses if they may have some. Some may have a lot and some may not."

On his first start:

"There are a lot of things I need to work but definitely some positives, a lot of positives. I feel like I played well, but there is definitely a lot left in the tank. I definitely know that I have to minimize those mistakes that I made. Overall, I feel like I did pretty good for my first start."

On if the game was quicker than he expected:

"I have been out here since camp going against this defense, and our defense blitzes as much as anybody. I have seen a lot of different things. That wasn't one of the things that really came out or jumped at me as far as the game – speed wasn't."

On if his physicality is what he tries to bring to the game, while still learning some of the mental aspects of playing in the NFL:

"Of course. Of course. I was always told as a kid, 'I don't care if you make a mistake. Just make it going 100 miles per hour.' That is how I have modeled my play my whole life. I may not know everything, I may not know every adjustment but I am going to go in and play hard. That is all I can ask of myself. Go in and play hard and minimize those errors that I made."

On if his mistakes are easy corrections:

"Yes, they are easy corrections. It is small things that I just need to make sure I focus on. I have to talk to myself more during the game. I was a little tired because it was my first one. You have to talk to yourself during the game instead of listening to yourself, listening to how tired you are."

On if the Steelers were targeting him, given it was his first NFL start:

"I feel like they might have mapped it out, but I don't really feel like they attacked me the way I thought that they would. We prepared and we were ready."

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