The Browns arrived for camp Wednesday, checking in with officials, going through examinations and running through their conditioning test before meetings began in the evening.
Two players did not make it through their physicals successfully: running backs Kareem Hunt (groin) and Trayone Gray (calf). Both landed on the active/non-football injury list as a result
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said Wednesday the team had a handful of players dealing with minor injuries but did not expect any players to miss significant time at the start of training camp.
Players complete their pre-camp conditioning test Wednesday.
-- Kitchens hasn't made any pre-training camp decisions on most of the roster battles. He was asked specifically about the competition at strong safety, which includes Eric Murray, Morgan Burnett and Jermaine Whitehead and at right guard, which includes Austin Corbett, Eric Kush and Kyle Kalis.
"I think (Browns general manager) John (Dorsey) and his group have done a great job of creating an atmosphere of talent to compete, and that is what we are looking for in any position," Kitchens said. "What we want to do with our team is create competition in all areas. Whether that be with themselves or with another player."
— Dorsey said he had a "very good conversation" with Drew Rosenhaus, Duke Johnson's agent, on Tuesday to discuss the running back's request for a trade. Johnson requested a trade in the spring, but Kitchens reaffirmed that Johnson will have a significant role in the Browns offense.
"Listen, I've said it from the very beginning, that Duke is a Cleveland Brown. He signed a contract last year," Kitchens said. "He's going to be here. He's going to have a role in our offense and he's going to have a significant role in our offense. He's a productive player. We're not giving away good players. We want good players, and if John can get more good players, I'll take 'em. Don't worry about the ball, all right? We'll find enough balls for him. We just want good players that can make plays."
— Kitchens is not worried about 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield assuming a heightened role with the team despite just a year of experience. He's not worried about Mayfield's exuberant personality and young age, either.
"He is still just Baker to me," Kitchens said. "Baker is going to be himself. He is not going to change for anyone. It does not matter. He is always going to tell you the truth, he is going to speak the truth. That's what I like about him."
Added Dorsey: "Baker is 24 years old, but he is a little bit more mature than your average 24-year-old man. Last I looked, wherever he has been, his teammates have always galvanized to him and that is all you can ask for in that locker room is if your teammates support you and love you. That is what it's all about. That's who he is."
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Browns players arrived at the facility Wednesday for the start of 2019 Browns training camp.