Training Camp

News & Notes: Freddie Kitchens puts emphasis on Browns learning to ‘take care of each other’

When Freddie Kitchens walked to the podium for his second round of post-training camp interviews Friday in Berea, his demeanor was a bit more calm and his humor was a tad more evident.

Kitchens wasn’t too happy after Thursday’s scrappy, pad-less practice to open camp. He felt much better 24 hours later, and the timing couldn’t have been better with the Browns set to don pads Saturday.

So, Kitchens voiced his approval in his opening remarks to the media.

“I thought it was better today from the standpoint of how we go about practicing,” Kitchens said. “I thought we practiced better from the standpoint of getting to drill-to-drill, having high tempo and the ability to take care of each other during practice.”

Kitchens doesn’t want players making full tackles to the ground, but expect to hear a few cracks and see some harder blocks for Day 3. It should provide a better impression of who’s out in front of the many position battles taking place.

Check out photos from the second day of Browns Camp by team photographer Matt Starkey

— Guard Joel Bitonio is pleased with how the offensive line has come together early in camp. Competition has been heaviest at right guard between Austin Corbett, Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann, but there’s been plenty of rotation across the line to begin camp, and Bitonio is impressed with how the group has handled learning the playbook so far.

“I feel like we’re pretty comfortable with the offense,” Bitonio said. “Guys are moving well and adjusting to playing positions. I think there’s going to be rotating in the first five to 10 days to really see who’s going to take that spot.”

Greedy Williams was arguably the biggest playmaker on defense Friday. The Browns’ first pick in the 2019 draft hauled in two interceptions and looked the part in first-team reps after he stuck with the second team on Day 1. His best play happened near the sideline during red zone drills, when he made a toe-tap interception while covering Odell Beckham Jr.

Williams threw the ball into the sky and yelled as fans in front of him cheered the play. Kitchens liked the play, too.

“I thought it was a good play, but I think we need to learn what we’re going to do with the ball after we make an interception,” Kitchens playfully said.

Damion Ratley did not participate Friday after suffering a hamstring injury Thursday. His return is unknown, but Kitchens said he doesn’t expect the second-year wide receiver to be out for too long.

Running backs Kareem Hunt (groin) and Trayone Gray (calf) remained sidelined for a second straight practice.

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