Jahleel Addae on Playing with Derwin James at Safety

Jahleel Addae Press Conference

On adjusting to playing more free safety:

“It's been good. [S Derwin James and I] both can play free, both can play strong. Coach always says we're safeties, but neither one of us [or] either one of us are strong. We're interchangeable. That's the good thing about it. [Defensive Coordinator] Coach Gus [Bradley] can move us around and give the offense different looks.”

On playing with S Derwin James:

“It's exciting. It's fun. I mess with Derwin off the field, so playing with him on the field is even that much better. He's smart, he's fast, he's physical. He has all the intangibles. You can see he can rush, get the linebacker spot and play free. He's strong. So just seeing a young guy coming with that kind of athletic ability and that talent for him to live up to it, and continue to learn and see how he goes about his business is awesome.”

On the most challenging aspect of playing more free safety:

“I don't think it's a challenge because I've played strong in this defense and, obviously, I played free safety in my career my first three years here. So I can do both. I don't think it's a challenge. Just every week is a different game plan. We have to hone in and come in on Wednesdays, see what the coach has drawn up for us and execute at a high level.”

On the defense without DE Joey Bosa:

“I mean, any time you lose a player like Joey — that's a big part of your defense. You know what he brings to the table, but we've got to adjust and Joey will be back with us. I feel like we adjusted well. Coach brought pressure when we needed to, we got pressure on the quarterback. I don't think it's a big thing. It's just the next man up. We're confident whoever steps up behind Joey, they can get the job done as well.”

On if Cleveland has more swagger about them:

“Oh, yeah. No doubt about it. Baker's coming in playing at a high level. He has that young, energetic energy, and I feel like they're all feeding off that. They have three good running backs. The offensive line does well in passing and blocking. Obviously, the star of the receiving corps is [Browns WR Jarvis] Landry. He's a competitor. He's going to bring it every Sunday. [WR Antonio] Callaway can take the top off the defense and have a good core at tight end. So the offense is strong, but we’re ballers, too. We'll be ready to go.”

On Browns QB Baker Mayfield:

“Biggest thing with him, I think, is his confidence level. Obviously, he's a No. 1 overall pick, so he has the talent, but I think he's confidence level. He's always been a guy that has to prove himself — whether it's walking on to two universities or coming in, being drafted, being under a guy like [Browns QB] Tyrod [Taylor] who is a proven quarterback in this league and getting a shot. I think it's just him playing confident and having fun. I think when you play and have fun, it's a game. I think you can see he's having fun and I think that's what makes him go.”

On how much fun the defense has:

“We're having a lot of fun. It's what we love to do. I think you can see that. It doesn't matter who gets to play on the ball. It could be a linebacker, it could be a defensive player, it could be a forced fumble by a defensive linemen. It doesn't matter. Whoever makes that turnover, we're going to take it.”