Kevin Stefanski discusses Nick Chubb and Baker Mayfield at a press conference: Transcript

BEREA, Ohio – Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski answered questions from reporters after Friday practice at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus.

Here is a transcript, provided by the Browns Media Relations Department:

Opening statement:

“A good week of preparation for these guys. Must be at our best. Looking forward to the challenge. It’s gonna be wet, it’s gonna be muddy, it’s gonna be ugly, it’s gonna be sloppy and all that stuff. This is what the game is going to be. We understand it and we have to be ready to go.

What the RB Nick Chubb looks like:

“Fresh legs”.

On if Chubb is licensed and ready to play on Sunday:

“Yes Yes.”

On whether Chubb will be on an instant account on Sunday:

“I think we’ll pay attention to it, but I don’t have a number in mind for this one.”

In the news this morning that Chubb will be able to play on Sunday:

“This is how it happened. We felt good about it. It was good to see him in the building. His teammates were delighted to see him. Nick is very important to what we do and who we are.

What QB Baker Mayfield looked like in practice today:

“He looked good.”

On whether Mayfield will start on Sunday:

“He’s going to start.

On WR Donovan Peoples-Jones’ involvement in practice today:

“He was limited today. I think we will also have it questionable.

On preparing for the possibility of Lions QB Tim Boyle starting on Sunday and if the team reviews the college tape for a player like Boyle who has yet to start an NFL game:

“Our scouts do a great job of preparing the staff we can see, whether it’s Boyle or (Lions QB David) Blough. Boyle was a guy, if you remember, we assessed leaving college potentially as a free agent. He was in Green Bay for a few years. I feel like we know these guys, and depending on who’s out there, we’ll adapt accordingly.

On the Lions’ offensive strength, in addition to their running game:

“Certainly, their overall race / pass selection, they relied on the racing game [last week] – conditions were not great in Pittsburgh last week. They won’t be great here this week either. I think that’s going to be a big part of the racing game, and I think there are several tight uses. They brought in an offensive lineman who repeatedly played on the tight end. I think that’s where they pivoted, and they’ve had some success doing it. “

On who the Browns will play nickel CB with CB Troy Hill listed as absent for Sunday’s game:

“We’re going to work through this. There are a few options, but we’ll work through it.

Enabled if playing CB Greg Newsome indoors and CB Greedy Williams outdoors is an option:

“Yes, that’s one of the options. “

If the Browns learned anything from three games in bad weather last season:

“Yeah, I think we did. I think we understand that ball safety is a bonus. All the guys that touch him – the center quarterback, the rally, the quarterback rally and running backs and catching the ball in adverse conditions – are all things you need to be prepared for, and you need to do that. work during this time. the week.”

If RB Demetric Felton Jr. will be available to play on Sunday:

“He’s going to be OK to play. He’s also going to catch punts there, as you can see, until it gets dark (to laugh). “

On how Chubb managed to maintain his conditioning while on the reserve / COVID-19 list:

“You have to be smart there. You really have to follow the protocols. There is a time when you can’t do anything. Then there’s a ramp-up period where you can start to boot, but physically it looks good.

On why he felt the need to resume part of the training when someone commits a penalty:

“We weren’t very good [with penalties]. It was the need. I think some of them are so preventable. The pre-snap penalties are certainly so avoidable. I just felt like guys had to figure out that when we get into a moment like this you hurt the team and it affects the team when you’re not stuck on snaps count or when you are not stuck on the ball when you are on defense for example. I just felt like it was something we should be doing.

If he saw that the sanctions strategy had an impact in practice:

“Yeah I got it.”

To see if the Browns have improved their third downs this week, both on offense and defense:

“I’m doing it, but it will be important how we do it on Sunday. I think guys understand that there are a few things we’re trying to accomplish, and we’ve been there in different ways this week, but ultimately as a team, as coaches and as players, we have to succeed. on Sunday.”

If Mayfield’s mobility was better today in practice:

“Yes, I thought he was. I thought he was good.

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