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Desmond Bryant intoduced to the Cleveland media

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Joe Banner

(Opening statement)- "We trying to make a habit out of this, we'll be back tomorrow at the same time (joking). Again, thanks for being here. We are very excited. Des is a player that we were very anxious to try to get to join the Browns. He fits what we are looking for. We keep describing developing this very aggressive team - hardworking, smart, competitive guys who really want to win. He fit the system, again an outstanding fit. We feel very lucky to get him. There were a very significant number of teams interested in him. I think it speaks well to the progress we are making, the optimism that people think where the team is headed that we are attracting players of this caliber. We feel very lucky that he choose to come play here."

Rob Chudzinski

"I am excited about the addition of Des to our team. When you watch him on tape and obviously you can see the physical attributes as he is sitting next to us. His size and his athleticism shows up on tape. He's a relentless guy and is solid against the run with really good pass rushing ability as well. He's another person to strengthen our front seven. Once you get to know Des a little bit and as you see how he plays on tape is he has a chip on his shoulder. Going into his background a little bit, it's very unique. He came from North Carolina, not a big recruit out of high school. He went to Harvard and played at Harvard and was an undrafted free agent. What he has done with his career is a testament to his hard work. He is a self-made man in that way. Those are the types of guys that we want to have here, that have that type of attitude, that chip on their shoulder to be a great player and to be the best."

Desmond Bryant

"First and foremost I want to thank God. He has blessed me with a lot of things and he has helped me to get here. Without him, obviously, none of this would be possible. After that I would like to thank the Browns, coach Chud and Joe for bringing me in here. I am ecstatic to be here working with this new group of guys. I really feel like they really know what it takes to help build a winning team. It's exciting. I can feel an energy in this building like things are really moving in the right direction. Like I said, I am just ecstatic to be a part of that. I also want to thank my family. My entire life my parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters have all be extremely supportive. Without them I wouldn't be able to be in the position I am in today. I just want to thank coach again, Joe, the rest of the people upstairs and the owner Mr. Haslam for believing in me. I am just happy to be here and I can't wait to get to work."

Desmond Bryant

(On if he was afraid that his incident last month would potentially turn teams off from signing him)- "I didn't think it was going to completely turn them off. I obviously made a mistake. I apologize for everything that happened. I feel like I have learned from it and I have moved on from that. I think I have done enough over the years I have been in the league to exhibit that that's really not the kind of person that I am. I think in time I will be able to show you guys and whoever else wants to know that's really not indicative of me. Like I said, it was a mistake, an accident. I have moved on beyond that and hopefully everybody else will be able to as well."

Desmond Bryant

(On the kind of player he is)- "The kind of player I am is passionate. I am out there giving 100% on every play. I love to be on the field as much as possible and trying to make something happen as much as possible. Passion is my first one and then relentless. I like to think I play whistle-to-whistle, sideline-to-sideline on every play. I think you could look at the tape and it would agree with me."

Desmond Bryant

(On the emotions he went through this offseason being a free agent and his past incident)- "It's been a little trying time for sure, the uncertainly of where I would be working this year. The incident, it happened but I don't really feel like it defined me. Obviously, I have to deal with it and I am still dealing with it, but it is not something that has really heavily impacted me I would say."

Rob Chudzinski

(On how he will use all of the defensive linemen)- "In my background, I don't think you can ever have enough quality defensive linemen. We will sort a lot of that out when we get on the field. Certainly, one of the things that Desmond has been able to do and demonstrate is his flexibility. He has played a lot of different positions up front – both sides, inside, outside. That versatility will give us some options. I see in our base package, him being more of the defensive end type and in sub, the ability to move inside and even play defensive end in sub, which he has done as well."

Rob Chudzinski

(On who he sees at nose tackle and who he sees at defensive end between Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin)- "I think we need to get out there on the field and see. Certainly, they potentially can do both. Just how all of that shakes out, we will see in time."

Joe Banner

(On if he expects to trade a defensive lineman during the draft)- "Our purpose has been to put together a really strong unit and have some depth so we can rotate if we have any injuries the line will still be one of the primary assets of the team. That's what we feel like we are achieving. We are not looking to be trading anybody."

Joe Banner

(On if it was a goal to get both Paul Kruger and Desmond Bryant in free agency)- "Yeah, in fact they are represented by two different agents in the same firm. That was the immediate joke, our dream outcome would be to find a way to end up with both of their players on our team by now."

Desmond Bryant

(On what he hopes to bring to the defensive front)- "My versatility will really help I think. Obviously, I can play end. I can play nose in nickel packages or base packages, I can do either or. I think one of my strengths as a player is being able to rush the passer and affect the quarterback. I think getting in there and having the ability to move around as well as using my rushing abilities, I think I can really excel in this defense."

Desmond Bryant

(On being Quinton Groves' teammate a few years ago and what Groves will bring to the team)- "I can't really speak to how he played last year, but when he was there with us I thought he was a player who really cared. He was out there working every day. I think he is going to do some great things for us. He is a great athlete as well. I think he is also a pretty versatile guy. He can probably stick his hand in the dirt sometimes and standup other times. Really, the coaches are more suited to talk to you about him then I am."

Desmond Bryant

(On if he ever dreamed he would sign a contract like this) - "I've always had a vision, since I was a young boy, that I was going to play in the NFL. Yes, but I never knew what kind of numbers would be on the contract. As I got older and got into the league and saw what other people were making, it was a goal of mine to be paid like the elite player that I feel I have developed into." 

Desmond Bryant

(On if he ever had any doubts about not being drafted) - "Coming out of Harvard, obviously it's difficult to get into the NFL. I felt as if I was given a chance and able to make it to a training camp, that once there, I would handle the rest. I feel like I'm a good player on the field and I can exhibit to any coaching staff."

Joe Banner

(On if the stigma with Ivy League players and if it has become a more proving place to find players) - "You try to look at each guy individually. You try not to label him a small school guy or a big school guy, you really try to be objective so you don't miss anything. With the (Philadelphia) Eagles, we really tried to sign him as an undrafted free agent and instead he went to Oakland. It's kind of funny that we're back here now sitting together."

Desmond Bryant

(On his thoughts on his mug shot going viral and how he has dealt with it) - "I've really already kind of addressed that whole situation. It's an ongoing legal matter and I'm supposed to talk too much about it."

Desmond Bryant

(On if he has seen the picture) - "I've seen the picture and I've heard that it's out, but I really don't know to what extent."

Desmond Bryant

(On how he was overlooked in high school with his size) - "I was about 75 pounds lighter when I came out of high school. I think that was a big thing. I also moved while I was in high school. I moved from Delaware to North Carolina during my junior year. I feel like that affected my recruiting as well."

Desmond Bryant

(On choosing to sign with the Browns) - "I wanted to make sure I looked and evaluated each team. I realized the strengths that this place has, particularly Coach (Ray) Horton on defense. He has done a lot of great things in this league and talking to people they all have a lot of great things to say about him. His style of defense seems to suit my talents and I think I can excel in it. Seeing Paul (Kruger) come here as well, it just adds to the excitement of coming out here and trying to win some games."

Desmond Bryant

(On his major at Harvard) - "I was a psychology major."

Desmond Bryant

(On if he had offers from other schools) - "Duke was my other major offer."

Desmond Bryant

(On if he graduated from Harvard) - "No."

Joe Banner

(On if the early success with free agency if he feels he is further along than originally planned) - "I think with where we were at, we have a job to do to get to the level that we want to get to. We always felt we inherited a team that had a nucleus. We've obviously added some players that we feel really good about and we will continue to try and do that. I think we are going to do it the right way and make sure we are getting the right type of people as well as quality players. It's still going to be a little bit of time to get to what we are ultimately shooting for."

Desmond Bryant

(On if he has played at the 3-4 defensive end position) - "I've played end in Oakland when we switched fronts. We switched fronts a few times last year and I did play end at times. I did it in college as well."

Desmond Bryant

(On making the adjustment to his position) - "Honestly, like I was just saying, in Oakland, especially towards the end of the year, we ran plenty of three-down stuff. I didn't as much play end, but I have played end in three-down stuff before. I've played every position on the defensive line so I feel like transitioning to this 3-4 defensive end should be really smooth for me."

Desmond Bryant

(On if he knows any of the current Browns defensive linemen and how he thinks he will fit in) - "I don't know any of them personally, no. I think I add some competition and leadership by example. Just go out there and try to win some games."

Rob Chudzinski

(On his vision for Quentin Groves) - "I think Des hit on it pretty well. He's a very athletic linebacker. I thought that this past year, he really blossomed in a 3-4 system and in Ray's defense. He's a real unselfish guy who will play anywhere. He loves football. Special teams performer, he does a great job on special teams. He came highly recommended from people within our staff and in the building. We're excited about Quentin coming as well."

Joe Banner

(On if he can say who from the organization went to Geno Smith's pro day) - "No."

Joe Banner

(On what he views as a prototypical Cleveland Browns player) - "We really want to create a character of the type of people we want in the organization and the culture we are going to be. Very hard working, very determined, wanting to be the best they can be, and highly competitive people with a team first approach to things. You are going to see us sign very aggressive minded, and their skills are going to match a very aggressive scheme both offensively and defensively. Those will be the things. You (Chudzinski) probably want to elaborate some."

Rob Chudzinski   

"I'd add to it the toughness and relentlessness, those are some of the words that you've heard us use. Smart guys, guys who are passionate about playing football and about being Cleveland Browns. You start with those things and the talent, the athleticism and the ability to play, with good players that understand the game. That's all what we want to embody what a Cleveland Brown is."

Joe Banner

(On if he did his due diligence on Bryant following his incident) - "We looked at everything that we could. We know people who know Desmond very well, our new strength and conditioning coach (Brad Roll) was with him in Oakland last year. We evaluated his situation, looked at his history and felt very comfortable that he fit the profile of what we were looking for here."

Joe Banner

(On if there have been any surprises so far in free agency) - "There are isolated surprises in terms of certain players that either aren't signed or didn't get what people thought they would. I mentioned yesterday that I was surprised by some of the less expensive and minimal salary players that were signing so quickly. You usually see them wait. Maybe some of the better players at their position sign and the demand for them would increase a little so that surprised me a little bit. I don't think anything more than that other than some individual anecdotal players that were perceived to be at one level and looked to be at another in the team's minds."

Rob Chudzinski   

(On if free agency has gone better than he expected) - "Like we said yesterday, we laid a plan out and a couple of the guys that were available really fit into some of the areas and key needs and things that we wanted to do. I'd say at this point the plan is going according to schedule. We have a lot of work to do. It's not just a matter of guys coming in and those types of things. We have a lot of areas we have to address and improve, and a lot of things that we have to do to get better. The key is getting these guys in, working with them and as coaches, helping them develop and giving them the tools to succeed."

Joe Banner

(On if the Kruger and Bryant signings are the two biggest most significant moves that they will make) - "You mean in free agency? I think these will be the biggest moves we'll make. If we are as lucky in getting what we want they won't be the last moves we'll make, but they'll be the biggest we'll make."

Joe Banner

(On if they need to sign a cornerback) - "I don't want to really get into the position-by-position breakdown."  

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