Eric Kush walked to the podium Friday after the Browns’ 12th training camp practice donning flip flops and an orange tank top that nearly revealed the entirety of his muscular upper body.
The sixth-year veteran guard looked more fit for a beach vacation than a round of questions from the media. The outfit, however, perfectly displayed the mantra Kush has carried as an NFL veteran, and he’s kept the relaxed attitude amidst the shuffling of players at the right guard position to begin training camp.
“(Camp’s) been a lot of fun,” Kush said. “We’ve had some great sunny days. You can just go out there, get a mean tan and play the sport you love. It’s just a lot of fun to be here in Cleveland and play some good football.”
Kush spent the previous two seasons with the Chicago Bears and made seven starts in 2018. Browns general manager John Dorsey brought Kush into the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 and pushed hard to bring Kush to Cleveland when he was a free agent last offseason.
Check out photos from the twelfth day of Browns Camp by team photographer Matt Starkey
So far, the move has appeared to pay off. Kush has received the majority of reps as first-team right guard after the Browns shuffled him with Austin Corbett and Kyle Kalis throughout the first week of training camp.
Kush hasn’t officially won the competition, but the winner won’t change Kush’s mindset with the Browns or with any NFL team. Kush literally just wants to have fun no matter how many reps he receives or who he plays with.
“You focus on winning, improving and the results so much,” he said. “You can’t forget to have fun, too, and enjoy what you’re doing. I’m just going to try to benefit my team in whatever way it sorts out to be.”
Kush might be able to embrace his upbeat attitude a bit more with the great chemistry the Browns’ offensive line has built thus far. During off time, the group is constantly huddled around the shuffleboard located in the lounge area at the Browns headquarters.
It’s a space for discussions outside of football, and it certainly fit with Kush’s all-out attitude for enjoying life in the NFL. He said center JC Tretter claims to be the best at the actual shuffleboard game, but Kush believes that title belongs to left guard Joel Bitonio.
“I think (the shuffleboard) really helped me connect with them and become a better part of this room,” Kush said. “Just getting our mind out of football and talking to each other about other stuff and connecting.”
Kush’s happy-go-lucky attitude will go a long way toward ensuring he continues to receive first-team reps as the Browns look to solidify their offensive line, and he won’t change that approach even if the coaching staff opts to slide another lineman into Kush’s role
“I’m just going to do the best I can for the city of Cleveland,” Kush said, “and whatever happens, happens.”
He’ll still be comfortable wearing his tank top and flip flops and living the dream as an NFL player. To him, that’s all that matters.