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Takeaways from Day 1 at the scouting combine

TOP STORY: Recently signed running back Kareem Hunt remains the hottest topic regarding the Browns. Coach Freddie Kitchens spoke strongly of supporting him off the field, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he’s in “good hands” with general manager John Dorsey and the Browns.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THEM: Hunt led the league in rushing as a rookie in 2017, so Kitchens was asked how starter Nick Chubb will be affected.

“We like competitive situations and, of course, that’ll be a competitive situation,” Kitchens said. “Nick Chubb’s not going to back down from any kind of competitive situation. That’s why Nick Chubb’s a great football player and a great Cleveland Brown.”

As for third-down back Duke Johnson, he could become expendable if Hunt becomes eligible. Hunt is a dynamic receiver and runner.


“Duke’s a good football player. We can’t ever have enough good football players,” said Kitchens, who dismissed the idea of moving Johnson to receiver.

WHAT ABOUT ME? Bruce Arians has been vocal for years about his desire to coach the Browns after serving as offensive coordinator under Butch Davis. Arians wanted to be considered again this time.

“I never had a conversation with the Browns at all,” said Arians, who wound up coming out of retirement to take Buccaneers job. “I love Cleveland, love the fans. When I talked about that job, I was talking about the fans.”

Does it bother him he wasn’t interviewed?

“That’s about five times,” Arians said.

QUITE A CHARACTER: Giants GM Dave Gettleman opened with a speech, was firm with what he wouldn’t discuss, shared his football philosophies and had playful interaction with reporters. He did it all while talking with a thick Boston accent and moving around the podium.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “So to answer your question about tall quarterbacks, short quarterbacks, roly-poly defensive linemen, a lot of it’s instincts and play smarts.” – Gettleman.

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