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Let's Be Clear: An open conversation with Cleveland Browns LB Christian Kirksey

Hear from the Browns veteran on the upcoming season.
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Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey shares a laugh with fans during a break at training camp in Berea on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

BEREA, Ohio — "Let's Be Clear" is all about transparency. WKYC has a clear, mobile newsroom that we're taking across the state to talk to those making headlines in Ohio. Whether you agree with the guest, disagree, or are a fan of them, we know you have questions for them.  

All eyes are on Berea.

The Cleveland Browns began training camp last week, marking an exciting start to a high-stakes season. The team has a new head coach in Freddie Kitchens and a shiny new receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. It's also Baker Mayfield's second season, his first as the No. 1 starting quarterback after beginning last season behind Tyrod Taylor.

WKYC's Jim Dovonan, who is also the voice of the Browns, sat down with linebacker Christian Kirskey for a Let's Be Clear interview Monday.

You can watch the full interview again below:

Kirksey is itching to return to the field for game play, which he says he'll do when he gets some plays in during Thursday's first preseason game against Washington. He suffered a hamstring injury last season, which led him to reevaluate some things in his life.

"You just understand, at any moment, the game could be took away from you," Kirksey said. "You've got to cherish the moments, cherish the times and you've got to take advantage of the opportunity."

Kirksey also raved about the Browns' defense, which hasn't received as much attention and recognition as the team's offense with the addition of Beckham Jr.

"We're going to be as good as we want to be," Kirksey said. "We have the talent, we have the guys to do it in this locker room. If you look at our depth chart, we're pretty stacked to oppositions, whether it's D-line, linebacker or our back. It's a lot of competition, so this 53-man roster is going to be the best guys who deserve to be on the field."

When it comes to the offense, Kirksey echoed a phrase uttered by Mayfield last season.

"They can be real dangerous," Kirksey said. "...It's like you've got to pick your poison, so our offense is definitely loaded. I'm excited to see how it goes about this season."

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