Browns Camp Notes: Team not looking to replace kickers, yet

Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry make catches of the day

Daryl Ruiter
August 19, 2019 - 3:08 pm

Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Another day, more questions about the kicking situation.

Greg Joseph and Austin Seibert continue to do themselves no favors, or pull ahead in the kicking competition, which is about to enter its fifth week, but head coach Freddie Kitchens isn’t ready to make changes, yet.

Key word: yet.

“We’re not trying to bring in a new kicker right now,” Kitchens said after Monday’s practice.

During team kicking both went 4-6 with Seibert missing from 37 and 53 while Joseph was no good from 53 and 56.

“We’ve got two guys right here that can kick the ball a long way,” Kitchens said. “We need them to get their act right and get the job done. We’re not looking to replace them right now. We’re looking to get these guys better and continue to get better.

“And the process of evaluation and the process of judging them has not concluded yet. When it concludes, then we’ll make that decision.”

Towards the end of practice Joseph hit a 44-yard field goal while Seibert was wide on a 40-yard attempt.

“I can’t kick it for them,” Kitchens said.

Kitchens was asked if Seibert, a fifth-round pick from Oklahoma this year, is rattled or nervous.

“I don’t know,” Kitchens said. “He’s got to get it figured out and if I make him nervous, I plan on being at the games, so I don’t know.”

Kitchens has stressed during camp that he wants to know what he’s getting from the players he puts on the field. When it comes to Joseph and Seibert, both are an enigma.

“I just want to know what I’m getting when they go out there,” Kitchens said.

Contract can wait – The Browns hoped to sign safety Damarious Randall to a contract extension this offseason, but the market went nuts and the price shot up.

Kevin Byard got a $70.5 million, with $30.8 guaranteed, deal from the Titans for an average of $14.1 million a year. Tyronn Matthieu – $42 million with $26.8 guaranteed from the Chiefs – and Landon Collins – $84 million with $44.5 million guaranteed from Washington – average out to $14.0 million per year.

“I just try to do what I can and control the things that I can control,” Randall said Monday. “At the end of the day, whether the market went up or down, I don’t think that has anything to do with my contract situation because I feel like every guy is a unique, different person so I just try and control the things that I can control.”

Randall will be the top safety to hit the market in 2020 but his focus now is on 2019.

“Whatever I can do to help this team win games,” Randall said.

Feeling blue – Randall sported a new look Monday, which was revealed during his media availability by defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Richardson was lingering as reporters lobbed questions at the safety and waiting for the right time to pull Randall’s hat off his head to reveal a head of blue hair.

Randall's dye job was a result of losing a bet over the NBA Finals prompting Richardson to call him “fun dip.”

“This is the end [of the bet], definitely the end, but I actually kinda like the color,” Randall said. “It might be orange next. Who knows.”

It was a light-hearted moment that once again revealed the comradery that has been built among teammates.  

Buying time – The Browns spent a significant portion of practice working with scout team style reps Monday so there aren’t many details in practice to provide in that regard, but Baker Mayfield and Jarvis Landry hooked up for the highlight of the day in regular 11-on-11 work.

Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi kept driving right guard Eric Kush back, deep into the pocket forcing Mayfield to step deeper and move to his left before unloading a ball deep down the near sideline.

Landry came out of nowhere and as the ball just missed the outstretched fingertips of safety Morgan Burnett, it fell into Landry’s hands that were stretched above his head for a 38-yard completion.

OMG OBJ – Odell Beckham Jr. made a sensational catch during individual warm up periods for receivers, the video of which has gone viral.

While running up the side boundary of the end zone, Beckham casually lifted his right leg in the air and caught the football under it with one hand.

Final shot – Kitchens ended practice with a do or do pushups scenario – fourth-and-goal from the five with the first team offense pitted against the first team defense.

Mayfield threw to Jaelen Strong, but the receiver was unable to hold onto the ball through the catch to the ground forcing the offense, dressed in white, to do 10 push-ups to end practice.

Notable quotable – “He has kept fighting, kept his head down, kept getting better at his technique, kept getting better at his tackling, kept getting better at his coverage and just kept getting better. He has stayed in there in a positive manner. Money Mitch is a team guy. I like those guys.”  - Kitchens on cornerback Terrance Mitchell’s handling of competition from rookie Greedy Williams.

Puppy pound counter – 4 puppies were adopted Monday and 124 through 14 practices in Berea. The partnership with the Northeast Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is in its fifth year and since its inception in 2015 has seen a total of 484 puppies find homes during Browns training camps.  

Personal day – Receiver D.J. Montgomery, who has caught some positive attention in camp and for his play through two preseason games was excused from Monday’s practice for a personal reason.

Injury report – S Juston Burris (hamstring), WR Antonio Callaway (ankle), T.J. Carrie (hamstring), RB Dontrell Hilliard (hamstring), WR Ishmael Hyman (concussion), DT Brian Price (concussion), LB Sione Takitaki (hamstring) and S Jermaine Whitehead (groin) did not practice.

Up next – Practice Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.