BEREA — Coach Freddie Kitchens said Browns starters will play Friday night in preseason game No. 3 on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“We’re going to play our guys some,” Kitchens said Wednesday after the 19th and final practice of training camp, “and I don’t know how long yet.”

Kitchens also revealed he won’t play his starters Aug. 29 in the preseason finale against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium.

“This week’s a little different because you’re definitely not going to do it next week,” he said.

There will be some starters who sit out against the Bucs because of injuries, Kitchens said.

“Some of it factors in on how guys are feeling, little nicks and bumps that they may have because they’ve got nicks and bumps,” Kitchens said. “We’ve had a physical camp. So you’ve just got to factor all those things in and make a determination.”

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hip) didn’t participate in half-speed team drills Wednesday, so he’s expected to remain idle in Tampa.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield said he’s “looking forward to playing” in the third preseason game, which is often referred to as “the dress rehearsal” because starters typically play longer than the other three exhibition games. Mayfield added he would like to play “at least a half, but that’s not my call.”

Wilson honored

Linebacker Mack Wilson, a fifth-round pick out of Alabama, received the 2019 Maurice Bassett Award given to the most outstanding rookie in training camp in a vote by the media.

Inaugurated in 1985, it is named in honor running back Maurice Bassett, who played for the Browns from 1954-56. The most recent winners were Mayfield and defensive end Myles Garrett.

Baker bulks up

Mayfield is listed at 6-1 and 215 pounds, same as his rookie season, but admitted he is “a little bit heavier” than he was last year. He declined to give his new weight.

“It's a better weight,” he said. “I feel like I cleaned my diet up. Just being able to treat this offseason and coming into this year not having to do combine training and being able to focus on football-related things, I feel good. And as long as I'm still able to move around, if I can add a little muscle mass to protect myself, that's good."

Talking trash

Kickers Greg Joseph and rookie Austin Seibert have continued to perform as if they are nervous about their training camp competition and Mayfield provided a little extra pressure.

Mayfield found himself in the midst of a situational drill that culminated with a field goal by each, so he stuck around to harangue them. Seibert, a former Oklahoma teammate drafted in the fifth round, connected from 49 yards, while Joseph was wide right from the same distance.

“I was talking to somebody, then I turned around and then all of a sudden I’m right in the middle of the drill, so might as well,” Mayfield said.

Asked if he was trying to pick Seibert up, Mayfield said, “Most of our history is me talking trash to him in college, so that’s what I did today.”

Both kickers went 6-of-7 in the field goal period.

Roster move

Safety Montrel Meander was claimed off waivers from the Jets and receiver D.J. Montgomery (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve.

A Grambling State product, Meander spent the first 12 weeks of the 2018 season on the Browns practice squad before the Raiders signed him to their active roster.

Montgomery caught five passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in two preseason games.

Croom visits

Watching practice was one of Kitchens’ mentors, former Alabama linebacker/tight end, Crimson Tide assistant and longtime NFL assistant Sylvester Croom. Kitchens worked for Croom in 2004-05 at Mississippi State, where Croom was hired in 2004 as the first African-American coach in the Southeastern Conference and spent five seasons.

“For him to carry that on his shoulders, I was very blessed to be a part of that and to see how he came through the fire per se and still be the man that he is,” Kitchens said. “It is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen.”

Extra points

• Garrett returned to practice and participated in team drills, albeit in a session featuring a jog-through pace. Garrett sat out Tuesday with an illness.

• Cornerback TJ Carrie (hamstring) returned to practice. He hadn't participated since Aug. 6.

• Defensive end Chris Smith also came back after missing two practices for a personal reason.

• The following players did not practice because of injury: fullback Joe Kerrigan (concussion), receivers Antonio Callaway (high-ankle sprain) and Ishmael Hyman (concussion), offensive lineman Kyle Kalis (concussion), defensive tackle Brian Price (concussion), linebacker Sione Takitaki (hamstring) and safeties Jermaine Whitehead (groin) and Juston Burris (hamstring).

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