The Browns wrapped up Day 15 of training camp as Hue Jackson, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, run game coordinator/running backs coach Kirby Wilson and more met with the news media.
Here are the best soundbites from Tuesday's practice.
"We got a lot of good work done. Guys keep working. I'm proud of them. Give them a little treat tonight for a little while. They just have to be back at curfew. They understand they have to handle themselves the right way, and I am sure they will … This is the first time I have given them this little break. They have a little longer break now. I think they deserve it. They have earned it. They have worked hard. They have done everything I have asked so I give them a treat every now and then." — on giving the Browns the night off
"We feel like he's everything we want in a football player, first and foremost, and then I know what kind person and what kind of man he is. He works extremely hard, and I think he is one of the better right guards in the league so we are fortunate to have him." — on the acquisition of right guard Kevin Zeitler
"Oh my gosh, what he is doing on defense is what you need. One man can't do it. Me and him can't do it. It is our whole staff. It is directed from top down. That is the way we go about it. Obviously, myself, him and Coach Tabes (special teams coordinator Chris Tabor) are the leaders of our groups, but at the same time, the assistants have to carry the message as well as the coordinators, and they have. It is an everyday thing. We are pushing and pulling, and the guys are responding. That is what you look for." — on the addition of Gregg Williams
BROWNS DC GREGG WILLIAMS
"The reason that he moved up the depth chart was because of him and his teammates, not because of my evaluation. One of the things we do is when those guys come in the door, they are dead last on the depth chart. How do you handle that? How do you handle the locker room? How do you handle the meeting room? How do you handle the field? How do you handle the walkthroughs? How do you handle being humble? How do you handle being respectful? He is a really good young man and a pretty good player, too." — on Myles Garrett's rise up the depth chart
"In all honesty, I don't believe in starters. If you make an NFL team … we're going to play. How much you play will be dependent upon No. 1, your production when you do get to play, and No. 2, what kind of package does the offense that we are going against play that utilizes us to get you in the game." — on fielding multiple players at all positions
"This is a compliment to everybody here in the organization: There is nobody on the defensive side of the ball here right now who doesn't deserve a chance to make an NFL team. We have a good group of guys on our side of the ball. Those young guys came a long way from the mandatory minicamp to here … There are going to be some tough and hard decisions at the end on who is going to make the final roster, who is going to be a practice squad candidate and to be quite truthful, guys who I have had a chance to touch and coach during preseason games make other teams because they see how fast and hard they play for us. It is a good young group." — on competition at all spots on Browns defense
DB JABRILL PEPPERS
"A lot of things I can still do better. I think yesterday I showed flashes of what I can do, but I still have a lot to improve on. It was good to finally get a turnover and to finally just play ball. I just feel like there is still a lot of work that needs to be done." — on Monday's practice
"I definitely think we can be a great defense. We still have a long, long way to go. We are not even a quarter of where I think we can be. There are still a lot of things that need to be done and a lot of work that needs to be put in. We have three more preseason games and we get a long week until we open up at home against Pittsburgh. We definitely have time to keep building on these little blocks we have been building and come out with a bang." — on the potential of the Browns defense
"Nothing short of a spectacular year. He has worked extremely hard here during training camp. He has all of the physical tools. We think that his work ethic and his attitude about how he approaches his job every day should lead to a really special season for him." — on expectations for RB Isaiah Crowell
"I just think he is an angry guy. That is his mentality. That is his makeup. When I first met him in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, he was angry. It is hard to make that guy smile. That plays right into his ability. He has always probably had a chip on his shoulder because of his size. I think guys like that tend to carry that with them everywhere that they go." — on rookie RB Matt Dayes
"When he was born, there was probably a football right next to him." — on Jabrill Peppers playing multiple roles, including kick/punt returner
"Both guys have been really good. That is what we are building here. This culture is being built on competition at every position. I say that whether it is at the quarterback position, left tackle, or defensive end, kicker, it makes no difference. If there is competition, you are going to get better and you are going to get more game ready a little bit quicker. Those things are taking place right now." — on the kicking competition between Cody Parkey and Zane Gonzalez