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Freddie Kitchens talks practice standouts, Denzel Ward and more after Day 2 of minicamp - Press Conference

On standouts from today’s practice:

“Different people are standing out at different times. Everybody is just really working to get better. Everybody has some bad plays and good plays. That is part of this time of the year.”

On CB Greedy Williams improvements this offseason:

“I see a lot of improvement. He made a play today. If we had an out-and-up play called, he would have been in trouble. He is learning his keys and things like that to look at and he is making some improvements. That is what we are looking for. We just want to get a little bit better every day and see where we are in the fall.”

On Williams improving the facets noted from rookie minicamp:

“Greedy is getting better every day in everything he does. As far as what he is looking at, a lot of people don’t realize that the game even outside at the corner position is played with your feet and your eyes. He is getting better in both of those areas.”

On how Williams benefits from competing against players like WR Odell Beckham Jr. every day:

“That is the old motto – competition makes you better. I think we have that on both sides of the ball within the position groups and versus the other side of the ball.”

On the Browns waiving T Desmond Harrison:

“We just decided to move on.”

On the Browns DL, given Panthers DT Gerald McCoy did not sign with the team:

“To a man, you can ask those guys. I expect our defensive line to be the strength of our football team. Nobody wants to talk about them, but I expect them to be the strength of our team. I am only worried about the guys who are here and the guys who want to be here.”

On what makes the Browns DL the strength of the team:

“They all can play. I think we have about 10 guys who can play. I don’t know how many have actually played, but my personal opinion is we have 10 guys who can actually play. Now, the proof has yet to come, but that is what I feel.”

On what having a player like Beckham does for the team’s confidence:

“I don’t know. I am sure everybody likes to add good players, and Odell is certainly a good player. Your personal confidence has to deal with what your ability is to do. I don’t know how much of what anybody else can do affects your confidence. I don’t buy into that too much.”

On Beckham learning the offense now that he is on the practice field from Day 1 to Day 2:

“I said it yesterday, Odell is a bright guy. He is smart. It is not like this is the first time he has opened up our book. He has been studying and all that kind of stuff. Odell is making progress just like everybody else. Odell had some bad plays, and he had some good plays. He is going to continue to grow and learn, and that is what everybody else is going to do. Odell doesn’t have a magic wand. He is going to come out and he is going to work. He is going to work as hard as anybody to get better every day, a little bit better every day. We don’t need vast improvements. We just need a little bit of improvement every day.”

On if adding offensive line/associate head coach James Campen has helped with a reevaluation of Browns OL players:

“I think so. Part of our job as a coach is to help evaluate talent and project. Some of these guys that you take as rookie free agents and things like that, you are doing some projection. If you hit on more than you miss on, than you are doing a good job. I think Campy does a good job in that area.”

On if anything from Beckham has been a surprise during the first two days of veteran minicamp:

“No, mainly because I don’t buy into the hype of the media – no pun intended. I don’t buy into all of that. I just take the person for who they are and how they are once we get them. I don’t buy into anything else that has happened anywhere else because everywhere else is not here. Hopefully, we create an environment that brings out the best in people. I have always heard from the people that I trust that Odell is a good guy, and he works his ass off. If he does that, he is going to be successful.”

On if anything Beckham did has jumped out at him:

“No because my expectation level was there anyway so nothing really jumped out at me. I think he is doing exactly and is on course for what he is supposed to be doing. He is learning just like everybody else. We have had guys here seven weeks that blew some assignments today, and they are the same plays. They are continuing to get better; Odell is continuing to get better from a knowledge standpoint and from a technique standpoint.”

On how Beckham has remained up to speed on the playbook:

“We have iPads. During this time of year, basically, your playbook is on your iPad.”

On how QB Baker Mayfield has progressed throwing the ball now compared to his rookie year:

“I think you are getting the same Baker. That is what I want him to be. I want him to be the same guy every day. When he makes a bad play, I want him to be pissed off. I want him to want to be successful every play. I think you saw that last year and you are continuing to see it this year. There are a lot of misnomers out there about Baker. Baker works his tail off in everything that he does, and it is no different this year than it was last year.”

On if Mayfield is more decisive and comfortable with a year of experience:

“Yeah, I think he is getting more decisive with his decisions that he is making, which is a good thing for a quarterback. You want quarterbacks to play as fast as possible, and I think he is getting to that point.”

On T Greg Robinson at LT:

“I have seen him compete. He is competing against a pretty good guy on the other side of the ball, which is making both of those guys better. I feel like Greg can play. Greg needs to continue to do what he is doing. He is working hard. He is competing with (DE) Myles Garrett every day. They have some good battles going.”

On if T Drew Forbes will receive more reps at LT following Harrison being waived:

“We try to see how many guys that we have and see how versatile all of them can be. You may see him there at some point. Right now, we are trying to find Drew a base of the offense and a base of his knowledge and things like that. Once you have it and you can speak it, then you have to go do it. That is what we want to develop with Drew first and foremost.”

On CB Denzel Ward competing hard and getting ‘chirpy’ in practice with WRs:

“I want our guys to compete. I thought yesterday the defense went out and set the tone at practice and ended up having a good practice. If we have the competitors that we think we have, then they are not going to back down from any challenges. Denzel falls into that mold, and I think we have a lot of guys like that. You don’t want them to get too chirpy and too grabby because that is how injuries happen, but there is a difference between that and just competing. I think they are doing a great job of competing."

On getting to know new players on and off the field, specifically Beckham who is getting a ‘fresh start’:

“I would not say a ‘fresh start’ because it was only a start for us. The start for us began back in March when we acquired him. The relationship started then. I think it is still growing. It is all about trust and respect. I think he trusts and respects me, and I definitely trust and respect him. We move forward. We have one thing in common – we don’t listen to the outside noise. I really don’t think that as far as that affects as our relationship. Hopefully, we have guys on our team that do the same and it doesn’t affect our relationships. I don’t know. As far as the ‘fresh start,’ I only see what I see. I don’t go off hearsay from the standpoint of Odell.”

On the benefit of having two veteran LBs in LBs Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert:

“You hit the nail on the head, they have been around awhile. They have been through the fire. They put some of them out. I think everybody can learn from everybody in certain ways. The greatest form of bravery sometimes is showing your scars, which is showing the mistakes that you have made in the past. Anytime that you have guys around you that can do that and be preemptive before you make a mistake, then that is a good thing.”

On if RB Duke Johnson Jr.’s and Mayfield’s relationship ‘is OK’:

“Yeah, I don’t know why they wouldn’t be.”

On appearing to be a back and forth between Johnson and Mayfield yesterday:

“No, they are fine. I appreciate you asking, though.”

On if his playlist opened practice:

“I can’t say that. What do you think?”

On assuming it was his playlist and if it was OK that Garrett turned off the music:

“It is not (laughter).”

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