Everything Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said during Saturday’s press conference – Cleveland Browns News

Everything Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said during Saturday’s press conference – Cleveland Browns News

BEREA, Ohio – Here’s everything Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said Saturday during his annual preseason press conference at the team’s headquarters in Berea:

Opening statement:

“I think we are off to a good start with the first two days. The weather has been nice, cool. Players are excited. Coaches are excited. Great fan support, as always. The new setup that our fan experience group put in place has made for a better fan experience for the fans. Pads come on today. I think you heard Hue’s excitement last night when he talked to you all about that, and I think the players are excited, too. Feel good about the offseason. I think we accomplished what we said we would accomplish in terms of signing almost all of our existing players, adding some really good free agents and having, hopefully, what was not only a really good draft in ’17 but position ourselves for ’18.

“Hue asked Dee (Haslam) and I to talk to the team, which we did on Wednesday afternoon, their first afternoon back, and really talked about four things. I think it is important for the players to hear this. I told them the first thing we would tell them every year, and that is what a privilege it is to play in the NFL, how short of a time period that was and to make sure they made the most of it. No. 2, the importance of hard work. No. 3, particularly with our team with such a younger group, the importance of leadership. Then No. 4, our expectations of them on and off the field and in the community. Hopefully, that will help get us off to a good start.

“I know you all always want to know how I think our group is functioning together, and I think [we are…

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