The Cleveland Browns spent two days practicing with the Indianapolis Colts and left their mark before they play Saturday during Week 2 of the preseason.
The Cleveland Browns have not been afraid to ramp up the intensity during training camp, and the locker room has bought into the physical nature of their camp.
But before they stepped on the field for their second preseason game of 2019 against the Indianapolis Colts, the two teams participated in a pair of joint practices. And typically, joint practices lead to fights between both teams.
That was certainly the case between the Browns and Colts, as fights occurred on both days, but Thursday’s practice was highlighted by several fights. And unlike earlier in Browns training camp, head coach Freddie Kitchens was not upset with the fights because he wanted the Browns to stand their ground in Indianapolis.
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"“Message was received,’’ said Odell Beckham Jr., who sat out team drills for the second straight day. “We came here to impose our will the same way we would do in the regular season when it comes up. We’re not backing down from anybody and I love that mentality. That’s all I’ve ever known. Like I said, you don’t want it to happen but it happens sometimes.” – Odell Beckham Jr. via Cleveland.com"
Kitchens has made it known since the start of training camp that they want to be the toughest team on the field each and every week. That is why the team has been practicing in full pads for most of camp.
Kitchens said following the second practice that this will be the way the team always practices, no matter who they’re going against. The head coach said that they will always practice the tempo they expect to have during the season, and it will be up to the opponent to match that tempo.
Now that the Browns are expected to be playoff contenders, they will have to play each opponent with the same intensity. They have a lot to prove in 2019 and cannot back down during games, no matter the situation.
And the intensity paid off as the Browns were outperforming the Colts during the joint practices. Similar to the Browns, the Colts are expected to turn a young team into contenders in the AFC in 2019. But it was the Browns who seemed to be more ready for that jump.
Baker Mayfield was viewed as a “problem” for the Colts during the practices. And even after Mayfield was making plays, he was bringing the intensity that Kitchens wanted following plays.
Although most teams do not endorse fights during training camp and during joint practices, the Browns seemed to be fine with the extracurricular activity against the Colts. But with the Browns bringing a fiery attitude to the 2019 season, it was not surprising that the team was not going take anything from the Indianapolis Colts, and they managed to prove a point at the same time.