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We don’t want to overwork him right now
12-18-2019, 09:00 AM,
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We don’t want to overwork him right now
A strong finish to the 2018 season plus the all-in acquisitions of receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and running back Kareem Hunt have saddled the Cleveland Browns with high expectations Jarvis Landry Jersey , for the first time in a very long time. Coach Freddie Kitchens, the man who’ll take the brunt of the blame if the Browns fail to live up to those expectations, tried to downplay them on Monday, the start of the team’s offseason program.“Like I said, our expectations have nothing to do with the outside world,” Kitchens told reporters. “Our expectations are set in our room, in our team room. Our expectations are going to be on how we prepare every day and approach every day from a business perspective and on what we want to get accomplished on each day on a day-in and day-out basis. The outside predictions, we are not in that business. We are going to let other people do that. We are just going to be happy with our performance and how we prepare.“When you start talking about expectations, if a team is supposed to be not very good, then the expectation level is low so the first thing a coach wants to go in and say is that you have to block out the noise from outside. Well, what the hell changes if you are supposed to be good? You still block out the noise from the outside so that is what we are going to do. No pun intended Myles Garrett Jersey , but nobody else matters except for the people in the room. Those are the only ones that matter and those are the only ones that can affect anything that we do as far as winning and losing. This is ultimately about winning and losing.”It’s also about winning and losing as a team, not as individuals.“One thing that you have to realize — I think we have put together a lot of guys like this –- is that this is our team, and I truly believe that,” Kitchens said. “It is our team. I am just kind of a front man because if those guys in the locker room do not hold each other accountable, if our coaches do not hold their positions groups accountable and the players amongst themselves do not hold each other accountable, we are not going to have anything anyway. At the core of everything, it is what our team is. It is what our offense is. It is what our defense is.“I truly believe the letter ‘I’ is a dangerous proposition when you start using it in terms of describing yourself in a team setting. We do not do that here. It is always ‘we, us, our.’ That is what it is now, and that is what it became when I got hired. We were not hiring anybody that did not have that same kind of outlook on things. We want to create that environment for our players. Whenever we do that, we will have something. Right now Jim Brown Jersey White , we are just a bunch of good individual players. Yeah, our roster looks great on paper — whoopty-hell, all right? But at the end of the day, we better be a good team. You start building that during this time of the year, and training camp is a big portion of that.”It all sounds good, but it won’t change the fact that: (1) the Browns have high expectations; and (2) if they fail to meet them, Kitchens will get the blame. BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is closer to being game ready.With Cleveland’s season opener on Sept. 8 against Tennessee quickly approaching, Beckham, who has been slowed by a hip injury, returned to team drills during practice on Monday for the first time in nearly three weeks.Before the morning workout Bernie Kosar Jersey White , the three-time Pro Bowler had not been on the field with quarterback Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry and the rest of the starting offense since Aug. 6.“He looked good,” coach Freddie Kitchens said afterward. “It’s good to have him back out. We’ve been working on the side with him with other things. It’s just the natural progression, so it was good to have him back.”Beckham had been taking part only in individual drills while dealing with the hip issue, which the Browns have insisted was nothing too serious.The 26-year-old made sharp cuts, ran at full speed and made several catches during 11 on 11 drills. He also did extra work in the red zone on the side with Mayfield as they try to establish chemistry to make up for lost time.Beckham didn’t play in any of Cleveland’s first three exhibition games, and the star won’t play Thursday night when the Browns conclude the preseason at home against Detroit.Beckham has been in catch-up mode almost from March, when the Browns acquired him from the New York Giants in a blockbuster trade. He skipped most of Cleveland’s voluntary offseason workouts and the extra minicamp while he processed moving to a new team and city.Kitchens believes Beckham and Mayfield are connecting, and there’s no need to force them to do more even though season will start in less than two weeks.“They’ve been working through the whole camp as it is,” Kitchens said. “Just because he wasn’t in team drills doesn’t mean they weren’t working. It’s fairly easy, you learn where to line up Jarvis Landry Jersey White , learn what to do, learn the depth and the area you’re supposed to be in, and you’ve got it just about figured out. I think he’s a smart guy and he’s coming along.”Kitchens said the Browns will continue to bring Beckham along slowly.“We don’t want to overwork him right now,” he said. “We haven’t started playing yet. We haven’t even gotten into game-planning and stuff like that. But they’ll definitely be on top of their game when we start game-planning and timing and stuff like that, rather than just useless things that doesn’t really matter.“At the end of the day, it’s exactly what I said: it’s knowing where to line up, where to be, getting to your depth and then catching the ball. After that, you get the ball in his hands and see what he can do.”NOTES: TE David Njoku took part in team drills after missing last week because he had stitches in his head. … Cleveland’s defensive line is loaded with stars, the biggest being end Myles Garrett. But Devaroe Lawrence, whose competing for a backup spot Nick Chubb Jersey White , isn’t worried that he won’t getting playing time. “They’re good players, but they run out of oxygen, too,” he said, smiling. “They’re going to get tired, so when they tap on that helmet, I’m gone.” … WR Braxton Miller, who was signed last week, worked in the slot with Cleveland’s first-team offense. The former Ohio State quarterback also was a gunner on punt coverage. He’s expected to play a lot on Thursday, when he’ll get a chance to show he belongs on the roster.… Mayfield was just 10 of 16 in Friday’s loss at Tampa Bay and Kitchens said his young QB “wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed” but there were other factors that played into his uncharacteristic inaccuracy.

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