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Freddie Kitchens emerged from the Browns‘ draft
07-09-2019, 11:26 AM,
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Freddie Kitchens emerged from the Browns‘ draft
BEREA Sione Takitaki Jersey , Ohio (AP) — room looking like a wide-eyed rookie.Things had been moving pretty quickly for Cleveland’s first-year coach, who seemed a little dazed after spending three whirlwind days observing general manager John Dorsey and his staff relentlessly work the phones with other NFL front-office executives while selecting seven new players.“It was very intriguing and exciting,” Kitchens said Saturday.And, for once, not distressing.The Browns didn’t have any glaring holes to fill this year. They found their franchise quarterback, Baker Mayfield, a year ago and Myles Garrett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2017, appears to be the coveted game-changing edge rusher. Cleveland’s got star power in wide receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, and there are enough talented pieces that they’ve become a fashionable pick.The expectations are sky high. In some corners, Super Bowl high.But Kitchens isn’t ready to stamp his team a contender, never mind a champion.“This time of year, everybody wants to talk about the roster and wants to crown somebody,” Kitchens said, his Alabama accent dripping on words. “All of this is good, but this is not going to win us any games. This is not even going to win us a quarter. It is not going to do anything for us but set us up for failure if we don’t have our head on straight and we are ready to play football because the games are going to be won and lost in September.“All of this other stuff is fluff. It is just things for people to talk about in April and May. You are going to have a different narrative come September, and that is when we want to control the narrative, not in April or May.”With an eye on getting tougher, the Browns picked five defensive players — two cornerbacks, two linebackers and a safety — along with a kicker and an offensive tackle.But, above all, Kitchens said the team wanted committed players.“We added guys that enjoy the game of football, enjoy practicing football Sheldrick Redwine Jersey , enjoy playing football, enjoy competing on a day-in and day-out basis,” he said.“That is where I think we have made the biggest strides.”Some other highlights from Cleveland’s second draft under Dorsey:WHO THEY GOTCB Greedy Williams (second round, LSU), LB Sione Takitaki (third round, BYU), CB Sheldrick Redwine (fourth round, Miami), LB Mack Wilson (fifth round, Alabama), K Austin Seibert (fifth round, Oklahoma), T Drew Forbes (sixth round, Southeast Missouri State), CB Donnie Lewis Jr. (seventh round, Tulane).SURPRISE MOVEStaying put. The story line entering the draft was whether Dorsey, who had made 17 trades since coming to Cleveland in 2017, would move into the first round after dealing the No. 17 overall pick to the New York Giants in the Beckham swap. He targeted three players but found the asking price was too high for his taste. Dorsey did jump three spots in the second round to acquire Williams, considered one of the SEC’s best pass defenders.It was mildly surprising the Browns hung on to running back Duke Johnson, who asked to be traded shortly after the team signed free agent Kareem Hunt. But Johnson remains in Cleveland — for now — and Dorsey doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to part with Johnson unless he’s overwhelmed by an offer.HOW THEY DIDDefense dominated as the Browns added depth and potential special teamers. They never imagined Williams would still be around in the second round, and the team was equally pleased when Wilson, rated a first-rounder by numerous draft experts, dropped.Wilson Austin Seibert Jersey , who had 71 tackles for the Crimson Tide last season, intends to make teams regret passing on him.“I just want to show that in this draft I was the best linebacker,” he said. “There were 31 teams that slipped up on me, and somebody is going to have to feel all the pain that I had built up these past few days.”WHAT’S NEXT?Johnson’s status will remain a topic of conservation while Hunt gets integrated. Hunt will serve an eight-game NFL suspension for two physical altercations before he’s eligible to play, but the Browns have been pleased with his progress.“He is doing great,” Kitchens said of Hunt, who was on the field this week for the first time with Cleveland. “He is doing everything we are asking him to do, exceeding expectations from the standpoint of how he is in the building, how he is around the players, and how he is on the field.“He is doing things in the community, he is continuing to work on an everyday basis, and he is not taking any days off from the standpoint of becoming a better person, a better player, and I think everybody is going to see the benefits of that.” CINCINNATI (AP) — With the Bengals‘ first practice concluded, Ryan Finley walked past Andy Dalton’s locker and headed to a side locker room where the rookies are relegated until the final roster cut. The two quarterbacks will be much closer once the season begins.How close? That’ll be up to Finley.The fourth-round pick from N.C. State is competing with Jeff Driskel for the chance to be the No. 2 quarterback for now. Dalton is under contract for two more seasons, and coach Zac Taylor has declared him the unchallenged starter.Finley started learning the offense this week and went through the first rookie minicamp practice on Friday, getting accustomed to a new setting and a new offense. Taylor liked the way Finley grasped the limited part of the offense he’s been taught and made corrections on the field.“I thought he had good command in the huddle,” Taylor said. “I was pleased. One time we broke the huddle, we weren’t on the same page, and he got them back in there. Day 1, that’s a good start for him, showing those qualities.”Finley was nervous and floated a few throws, but otherwise was pleased with the scaled-back workout.“I hadn’t been in a setting like that in a while Trysten Hill Jersey ,” Finley said. “I could have thrown it better, but I think that’s just the first day.”The Bengals moved up in the fourth round to take Finley, the highest spot they’ve drafted a quarterback since they got Dalton in the second round in 2011. Cincinnati was one of three teams, along with Detroit and Washington, that brought him in for pre-draft visits.Finley didn’t play football until high school. His father grew up in Minnesota and played hockey, so that was Finley’s main sport as a youth.“It was something we could do together,” Finley said. “When I got a little bit older, I kind of played on the same teams as my dad.”Finley played seven games at Boise State before transferring to N.C. State, where he played three seasons. As a senior, he completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 3,928 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.The Bengals think he’ll be a good complement to Dalton, who has a similar passing style in their West Coast offense. Dalton texted Finley after he was drafted, but they hadn’t yet met as of Friday. Finley has spent time watching video of Dalton to learn the offense.“I’ve heard so many awesome things and just watching him on film these past couple days trying to learn the offense, I’m impressed,” Finley said.The main challenge for Finley is grasping a playbook that’s far more complicated in how plays are described and called.“It’s very new for me,” he said. “Very wordy, but it’s fun. It’s what I like.”SCALED BACKTaylor won’t do any 11-on-11 drills during his first rookie minicamp as Bengals head coach, putting more of an emphasis on getting players up to speed on the playbooks while undrafted rookies try to impress during individual drills.“We’re kind of in-between,” Taylor said. “You’re not going to see any 11 on 11, but it’s more than a tryout.”HITTING THE GROUNDThe Bengals practiced on their grass fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium, which were damp from an overnight rain. Several players slipped while running routes.“A little slick,” Taylor said. “It’s not ideal when it rains for your first practice.”
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