Cleveland Browns talk team’s reputation and Terrelle Pryor ahead of training camp

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BEREA, Ohio- Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine spoke to the media and answered questions ahead of training camp.

Browns camp kicks off on Thursday at their facility in Berea.

“Well over 90 percent of what we will run this fall was put in place in the spring. I think what really remains are a handful of new concepts and a lot of our special situations that we didn’t get a chance to practice in the spring,” Pettine said.

The second-year head coach said he’s using the team’s reputation as a motivator, calling his players “a prideful group.” Cleveland finished last in the AFC North last season with a 7-9 record.

“No one likes to be disrespected,” Pettine said.

Donte Whitner talks to the media a day before the start of Browns training camp. (Photo: Jen Steer/Fox 8 News)
Donte Whitner talks to the media a day before the start of Browns training camp. (Photo: Jen Steer/Fox 8 News)

That theme continued with safety Donte Whitner. He said this team hasn’t done anything to earn respect yet.

“They’re not going to give us national attention because we don’t deserve it,” the Cleveland native told reporters. But Whitner said he’s confident in the Browns secondary as well as the team’s ability to stop the run.

On offense, there could be a lot of competition in the wide receiver corp and when it comes to quarterback-turned-wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, everyone has an opinion.

“You’re going to have to go out there and make plays against the best in the National Football League,” Whitner said. “We’re not going to make it easy on him (Pryor). If he makes a play on us out here, it’s because he earned it.”

Fellow Ohio State Buckeye Brian Hartline, who has played wideout since he was 16, seemed skeptical that Pryor could make the transition at 26 years old.

“You’ve got to make up years of training in a week,” Hartline said.

Quarterback Josh McCown had nothing but nice things to say about wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. (Photo: Jen Steer/Fox 8 News)
Quarterback Josh McCown had nothing but nice things to say about wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. (Photo: Jen Steer/Fox 8 News)

But new Browns quarterback Josh McCown said he appreciates Pryor’s dedication. The two have been working out together for the past month.

“There’s a desire to play the game and he loves football,” McCown said. He added Pryor has the ability to make plays because of his speed and height. “I don’t know what he runs, but he’s really, really fast,” he laughed.

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