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Ron Rivera Presser: “We need to start faster”

Ron Rivera speaks to the media after today’s practice

Ron Rivera gave some updates on the status of this week’s injury report which has doubled from the first two weeks. Saahdiq Charles is someone that fans have been looking forward to seeing on the field since he was drafted in the 4th round this year. That hasn’t happened yet, and he has basically been injured since training camp. He has been dealing with a leg injury, and apparently he had a setback with it this week which is keeping him from practicing. He was on the field last week playing catch up with the rest of the team, but will now spend another week on the shelf. Morgan Moses has been dealing with an ankle injury that has kept him out of practice this week, and Rivera said that Cornelius Lucas would play if he couldn’t go.

Rivers likes what the team has learned from their first two games, but the big thing is that the team needs to start faster. They have fallen behind by 3 scores both weeks, and that hole was too big to dig out of last week. He talked about Dwaynes Haskins Jr. and what he needs to do to improve. Rivera said that Haskins mechanics aren’t even close to what they’re looking for in this system...yet. Sometimes he speeds through his progressions, and he needs to work on his footwork, and framing his body

Rivera likes Chase Young’s enthusiasm, tempo and impact in the run game. “Those are things that you want to see, not just a guy who’s just a pass-rusher... He impacts the passing game, he impacts the running game.” He loves Young’s ability to set the edge, funnel plays back inside, and his ability to chase screens down.

Injury report:

Saahdiq Charles:

Cleveland’s offense:

Lessons from the first 2 weeks:

Morgan Moses/Cornelius Lucas:

Wearing masks on the sidelines:

Chase Young:

Dwayne Haskins Jr.:

New practice squad/roster rules:

Starting faster:

Alex Smith: