Browns’ S Ronnie Harrison says he’s very excited to join a new team and “happy to be out of Jacksonville.”
“Yes, I actually tweeted that yesterday after practice after my first day in the building,” Harrison said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “After meeting everybody and just being around the team, that is how I felt. This is a new team. I don’t think a lot of people really understand that. With the coaches and stuff all the way down, this is a new team. The players have been here, but this a new team. That’s really what I meant with a new common goal that we all want to win. The playoffs is the goal. I wasn’t throwing shots at the Jaguars or anything like that. Just happy to be out of Jacksonville. Happy to be here. New team. New goal. Ready to rock.”
Harrison added that he’s excited to be reunited with his college teammates in LB Mack Wilson and LT Jedrick Wills.
“Both guys that I’ve been to war with,” Harrison said. “We’re all battle-tested coming from Alabama. We know how to win. We know what it takes to win. We know the process. We’ve been in tough situations and tough games. We’ve dealt with it. I feel like being back with them, it’s just going to push all of us even more. Especially me and Mack being on the same side of the ball, we will constantly be talking, pushing each other to get better and stuff like that. Even Jedrick, just having another teammate in the locker room, a former teammate, one that he can bounce off of, bond with, and stuff like that. I am really looking forward to him making his improvements this year. I know he’s working really hard. I’m sure he’s ready to get to work. Really just being around a great group of guys. There’s a lot of talent on this team. Everybody knows that. From defense to offense, they have the guys that can make the plays. With this new coaching staff, just their energy and how upbeat they are just made me so excited when I first got in here. I’m just ready to get to work. I really feel like this is the year we can change things around here.”
As for how soon he could see playing time, Harrison admitted he won’t be “100 percent” for Week 1, but says his is role is up to the coaching staff.
“That’s on the coaches,” Harrison added. “I feel like I will be somewhat ready, not 100 percent, of course. There will be some mistakes if I were out there, but it’s really based on the coaches. I’m just ready to help however I can, whether that be special teams or whatever it is. This is kind of like college so I feel like I’ll be able to flash a little bit in the box and a little bit of playing deep, being versatile. Especially with the dime-package, that will allow me to get in the mix a lot, around the line, out in space and stuff like that. I’m definitely ready. I feel like I can be that player. Just ready to get to work.”
- According to Gerry Dulac, the Steelers will not sign any more players to contract extensions prior to Monday Night’s season opener.
- The Steelers hosted LB Christian Kuntz for a visit on Friday. (Aaron Wilson)
- The Titans officially ruled out CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee) from Week 1’s Monday Night opener against the Broncos.
- Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site expects that Titans to use new DE Jadeveon Clowney in multiple ways, including as a roaming outside linebacker and a defensive end along the line of scrimmage.
- Although Wyatt notes that Titans WR Kalif Raymond is currently their No. 4 receiver, he writes that Raymond will “be a factor” and get playing time this season.