HC Freddie Kitchens (11.21.19)

Head Coach Freddie Kitchens:

Opening statement:

“I thought we had a good day preparing for Miami. Continuing to focus on getting better for a football team that is playing very well right now.?”


On how TE David Njoku looked today in practice:

“David looked like he moved around good. Caught the ball well. We will see where he is. Keep going.”


On chances Njoku will play on Sunday:

“We will just play it by ear until then.”


On reports that Steelers QB Mason Rudolph said a racial slur to DE Myles Garrett as part of last week’s altercation:

“What Myles and I talk about will stay between Myles and I. I am sure that Myles presented himself professionally like he has done ever since the moment it happened afterwards. He has been nothing but professional in his responses. I can’t really comment on the arbitrator’s decision. We will respect his decision on whatever he decides, and I know Myles presented himself professionally to the arbitrator and the hearing. I stand by Myles, and that is not going to waver.”


On if Garrett told him Rudolph used a racial slur:

“I am not going to say anything about what Myles and I talked about. I will support Myles in every way possible.”


On WR Jarvis Landry’s production increasing the past few weeks:

“I think Jarvis has done a good job of being where he is supposed to be, when he is supposed to be there and how he is supposed to get there. He continues to get better every week, and I expect nothing better or nothing more from Jarvis.”


On what Landry is like on a daily basis:

“Jarvis comes to work every day. He tries to compete every day. He tries to get better and competes with himself every day to get himself better. I do not expect anything different from Jarvis than what we get from him every week.”


On if the Browns offense needs to play better to overcome the defensive players missing this week:

“I think we try to do the best we can offensively every week. I think our defense tries to do the best that they can every week. I think special teams tries to do the best that they can every week. We are not going to change anything. We are going to try to be the most efficient as we can on offense, defense and special teams. We want to score one more point than the opponent. However we get there is fine.”


On if he expects the Browns offense to play its best football, given continued improvements in recent week:

“I expect us to play great every time we go out there. I have expected it every day we go to the practice field. I expect it every Sunday that we play a game.”


On DT Larry Ogunjobi’s suspension being upheld:

“We are going to miss Larry, of course. He is a very good player for us inside. We are going to support him every way possible. I am not going to comment on my opinion for anything else. It is disappointing we are not going to have him.”


On DT Devaroe Lawrence’s ability to contribute in Ogunjobi’s absence:

“Devaroe needs to play well, just like he is expected when he goes in a reserve type role. He just has few more opportunities to do it now, but we have some other guys – (DT) Eli (Ankou) needs to play well, (DT) Sheldon (Richardson) needs to play well and All those guys need to play well. We need to play well when we go in. We need to affect the game. Everybody needs to affect the game in a positive manner from the standpoint of when the play is there to be made to make it.”


On if the Browns defensive line as a whole is a question mark for Sunday, given the personnel missing for the game:

“I go into this week expecting the best that they have. I think if we get that, that is a bonus for us. We need to play well. Everybody up there needs to play well. They would not be on this team if we did not have confidence in them to do that. I expect them to play well. They expect it out of themselves.”


On if Lawrence has made strides with discipline, given penalties earlier this season:

“He better have. Devaroe is continuing to get better every week from a standpoint of focus and concentration, and it needs to continue, yes.”


On how WR Antonio Callaway’s release impacts the offense:

“Unfortunately, Antonio did not do the things that I or we expect out of him on and off the field. I like Antonio a lot. I wish nothing but the best for Antonio moving forward.”


On who will be the Browns’ third WR this week:

“I think we have four or five guys there that can take over that role. They have done a good job of it up to this point. I think it will continue.”


On what WR KhaDarel Hodge has done to earn more reps at WR, in addition to special teams:

“He knows what to do, knows how to and knows when to do it. He made a big play in the game the other day, which was good to see that he can take it from the practice field to the game field. We saw a lot of things on the practice field like we saw in the game the other day.”


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