This is something we're not used to around here. The Cleveland Browns have high expectations. The impressive rookie season by quarterback Baker Mayfield, coupled with some aggressive off-season moves by GM John Dorsey has many Browns fans, and analysts around the NFL thinking playoffs or even Super Bowl for the 2019 Brownies. The highest profile off-season move came in March, when the Browns acquired all-pro wide-out Odell Beckham Junior from the Giants. Up until this week, OBJ had not made an appearance for any of the off-season workout sessions in Berea. That changed this week when he practiced with the Browns during Tuesday's OTA session. He again was absent Wednesday, when media were allowed to watch practice, but his presence this week was a welcome sight for Browns fans and management and gave Mayfield a glimpse of what could be for Cleveland this fall.
"We've got some pretty good talent, all around. Tight ends, running backs, receivers and going into (the season) with the same offensive line, we've got a good team," Mayfield said. "Now it's, what are we going to do with it?"
Another part of the Browns seemingly improved offense is running back Kareem Hunt. His acquisition this off-season was controversial, as Hunt had been let go last season by the Kansas City Chiefs after video surfaced of Hunt shoving a kicking a woman in the lobby of a hotel last year. The NFL has suspended Hunt for the first eight games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The third year running back, who played college football at Toledo, spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since the league handed down its discipline.
"I definitely made a mistake and I apologize for it once again," Hunt said. "I'm doing everything I can to prevent something like that from happening again."
When Hunt returns, he'll add another explosive weapon to a Browns running attack that is led by Nick Chubb, who had an impressive rookie season,
You can hear all of what Hunt had to say, as well as Mayfield's comments to the media, and coach Freddie Kitchens in the interview posts below.