The Browns bolstered their defense in a big way when they traded for defensive end Olivier Vernon in March, but the transaction might have created a slight wrinkle in the typical positioning along the defensive line for Myles Garrett.
Both defensive ends have typically lined up on the right side, and it will likely be Garrett who receives more reps on the left side. That was the case in practice for the former No. 1 overall draft pick, but Garrett isn’t worried about losing any part of his game.
“I have done it before so it is not out of the ordinary for me,” Garrett said. “It is just about getting comfortable with (Vernon) and having chemistry. If he’s hot, he will stay on that side or if I’m hot. We will go wherever is suiting us at that moment.”
Regardless of where he lines up, Garrett is excited to see what kind of damage he can cause with Vernon on the other side of the line. He has his sights on winning Defensive Player of the Year, and his expectations with Vernon are as equally bold.
“We could get a couple sacks between us,” Garrett said. “Maybe three or four a night.”
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— The quarterback RV, which became a staple on last year’s “Hard Knocks” television series, is back for a second year at training camp, but quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn’t have to worry about the vehicle’s expenses this time around.
“Thank God I didn’t have to pay this year,” Mayfield said with a laugh. “I had to pay a lot last year, and they got free marketing. Not this year. That is called growing up, maturing and learning how to work it.”
— Kitchens said he was excited to see wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. make highlight-reel catches in his first day at camp, but he’s keeping his focus on other wide outs, too.
“(Beckham) looked good at times, but he has a long way to go, too,” Kitchens said. “It was exciting to have him out there. What we are getting right now is just the foundation and laying the foundation for everything we are going to do, and that group of receivers is the same way.”
— Cornerback Greedy Williams received second-team reps for the first day of camp, but Kitchens just wants to ensure the Browns first pick of the 2019 draft will be forced to compete for a starting role.
“Greedy is not going to just get handed the job,” Kitchens said. “After everything is said and done, they all had about the same reps today. There are a lot of positions that people may have penciled in, but we are competing for these jobs.”
— Running back Kareem Hunt (groin) is expected to return to the field soon after he was placed on the active/non-football injury list Wednesday. Kitchens said Hunt should be back in “a couple of days.”