CB Denzel Ward (11.22.20)

CB Denzel Ward:

On facing Eagles QB Carson Wentz:

“We knew he had a very strong arm to make every throw. He had a lot of confidence. We knew that he would make a lot of throws to the field, as well. Just a strong arm. We knew that we were going to have to cover our guys and stay tight in coverage.”

On the Browns defense stepping up to make big plays despite not having DE Myles Garrett:

“It says a lot. That has been our team all year just stepping up. Guys going down and next man in. A lot of guys have been stepping up making plays, and we needed that today, especially with Myles being out.”

On LB Sione Takitaki’s pick-six:

“That was huge. He returned it for a touchdown. That was a game-changer in the game, and we needed it. He stepped up big for us.”

On whether Takitaki should give him the assist on the play due to his QB pressure:

“Oh yeah, he definitely has to give me the assist.”

On the pick-six:

“I just saw that they had blocked down so I added on and blitzed and was able to get there in time. Sione made a great play and picked it off and returned it for a touchdown.”

On whether he knew Takitaki would return it for a TD as soon as the INT happened:

“No I didn’t see it. Once I looked back, I just saw him running down the sideline and then we were about to score.”

On DE Oliver Vernon and DE Adrian Clayborn playing their best games of the year when the team needed it the most:

“It is huge. They made great plays during crucial moments of that game. Specifically like you said OV, he came in big for us and made plays.”

On whether today felt like one of his better games:

“Yeah, I feel it was. I was just trying to stay consistent and do whatever I can to help my team win.”

On what it meant to get the interception right after the pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter:

“It meant a lot. I felt that it was a terrible call, but it is all about just playing the next play. I felt that I did that on that play. Like I said, finding a way to help my team win and was able to come away with the takeaway.”

On the Brown showing resiliency throughout the season and taking over second place in the AFC North with the win and Ravens loss today:

“It means a lot. Like you said, we are just taking one game at a time. We are not looking too far ahead. Come to the end of the season, we will see where we are and take it from there.”

On whether there was a moment leading up to today’s game where the Browns defense decided they would dedicate it to DE Myles Garrett and prove themselves:

“No, I think everybody was just focused on coming in and doing their job. That was just the main focus is doing what we have to do on that field. Everything else took care of itself. We were able to come out with the win. Definitely looking forward to getting Myles back whenever we can. He is obviously a big addition to our team. Guys stepped up today and made plays.”

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