Browns General Manager Ray Farmer met with reporters Friday after the second full-squad practice of training camp. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
Opening statement: “It is good to get to training camp and see the guys back on the grass. Really excited about Year 2. For us, it’s a chance for us to show everybody how we’ve come together, that we’re more on one accord as far as having a chance to work with and know the team better. We’re really excited about what this season can hold, we like where we’re at and we’re interested to see what our guys can do.”
On DB Justin Gilbert’s improvement: “The biggest thing I’ve seen is the relationship that he has with some of the older guys – dealing with (DB) Tramon Williams, dealing with (DB) Joe (Haden) and getting a chance to learn the craft in a little more detail, spending time in the offseason with guys. Those sorts of things help young players. A lot of the time, you try to rely solely on coaching. The really good team rely on each other, as well.
On if Gilbert was more of a ‘loner’ last year: “Chemistry is organic. It gets built on its own. You can’t force guys to hang out and do things. Over time, you get learn people and learn their habits, and it creates itself.”To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Friday after the second full-squad practice of training camp. Below is a transcript provided by the team.
On QB Josh McCown’s accuracy: “That’s the one thing that has jumped out is his accuracy, not just on the underneath stuff but those intermediate to deeper throws. I talk about having to watch the film and being able to evaluate, but I don’t have to watch the film to know he threw some pretty good balls in practice today. It’s good to see. Hopefully, that will carry over when we’re in pads.”
On if McCown is more athletic than most players his age: “I think he wanted to show that off a bit, too (laughter). When he took off running, we were joking with him that he’s an older car but low mileage, kept in the garage, driven to church not a lot of mileage on it (laughter). He’s surprised me. He has kept himself in great shape over his career. It’s a credit to him. He’s a good athlete and he showed it today. “
On preparing for the first practice with pads tomorrow: “Structure wise, it will be similar. There will be an extra team period, a run emphasis, where it’s just inside, no wide receivers; it will be all runs. It like an offensive drill is pass kill and no linemen or the defensive drills. It’s all runs. It’s more to establish the mentality. We’re going to have to be able to run the ball, and we’re going to have to be able to stop the run. We feel doing that drill every day in pads is going to be a big part of laying that groundwork and a big part of that success. That’ll be an addition. We’ll be closer to the max time. The individual period could potentially be a little longer. We’re not going to overdo it just because it’s the first day in pads, overdo the contact. There will be similar things, but we won’t get into any tackling or some drills where there might be more thumping than usual.”To read more or comment...
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Browns wide receiver Dwayne Bowe developed warm, fuzzy feelings about the offense's progress early in training camp and raved about teammates Josh McCown and Terrelle Pryor on Friday.
McCown, the projected starting quarterback, and backup Johnny Manziel stole the show during the second full-squad practice of camp after the offense had a lackluster outing Thursday. McCown, who continued to take all of the first-team snaps, and Manziel, who worked with the second unit, made several nice throws resulting in intermediate and long gains.
The highlight, though, was McCown's completion of about 45 yards to Bowe along the sideline and over cornerback K'Waun Williams in an 11-on-11 drill.To read more or comment...