Browns Cut Former Starter After He Missed a Flight


New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick once said that “dependability is more important than ability.”

Cleveland Browns rookie head coach Freddie Kitchens may have adopted this view, as illustrated by a move he made this week.

The Browns announced Wednesday they waived Desmond Harrison, who started eight games last year, after he missed practice Tuesday on the first day of mandatory minicamp.

Apparently, Harrison missed a flight. That’s not dependable.

“Missed a flight or something,” Kitchens said of Harrison on Tuesday, according to WEWS. “I am not sure really.”

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“I do not know. I have not got to the bottom of it yet. Missed a flight. I know he missed a flight. I do not know what time he got here so it is hard to tell how he got here,” Kitchens said.

Less than a day after Kitchens spoke to reporters about Harrison’s missed flight, the offensive lineman was cut, CBS Sports reported.

Harrison had “starting missing or being late to responsibilities,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.

Harrison, 25, made the team last year as an undrafted free agent. He started eight games before being replaced by Greg Robinson halfway through the season, according to CBS.

The Browns signed lineman Brian Fineanganofo in April. The Idaho State product could compete for the backup left tackle job with lineman Kendall Lamm, per Bleacher Report.

Kitchens, meanwhile, was impressed with what his new wide receiver, Odell Beckham, Jr., did in the first day of minicamp.

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“He’s smart,’’ Kitchens said of Beckham, reported. “It is not like this is the first time he’s opened up our book. He’s been studying and all that kind of stuff. Odell is making progress just like everybody else.”

Did Harrison deserve to get cut for missing a flight?

“Odell had some bad plays, and he had some good plays. Odell doesn’t have a magic wand. He’s going to come out and he is going to work. We just need a little bit of improvement every day.”

And Beckham is looking forward to building a rapport with his quarterback, Baker Mayfield.

“We have a lot of time to build chemistry,’’ Beckham said. “We’re both going to be in L.A. That’s where he stays. We’re pretty much going to be throwing every day going over all the plays, all the little nuances above the Xs and Os — the stuff that’s in the playbook.’’

“I’m going to have to get adjusted to the speed because he has an arm,’’ Beckham said of Mayfield. “He’s throwing that ball hard. Just catching him from the first day, it was like, ‘Wow! This is completely different.’ It just takes time. Like I said, we play in September, so it’s a good thing.’’

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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