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Jarvis Landry downplays impact of Duke Johnson’s trade request

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Veteran wide receiver says Browns’ focus remains on bringing a title to Cleveland.

NFL: Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry had a clear message for anyone doubting the team on the eve of training camp.

The Browns are focused on the singular goal of bringing a title back to Cleveland.

Landry, who is entering his second season with the Browns, spoke with the media on Friday at his Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Sports Challenge, which was held at Cleveland’s James F. Rhodes High School. Landry covered several topics, but made it clear where the team’s focus will lie this season.

The trade request from running back Duke Johnson? Not a problem, as Landry told cleveland.com:

“It will not be a distraction. Our focus is pretty clear. We want to win a championship and the guys that are here, that’s going to help us do that. We start on Thursday. Let’s get it done.”

The fact that not everyone was able to - or chose not to - participate in the entire off-season program? Group workouts in California that included Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Baker Mayfield, Rashard Higgins, David Njoku and Seth DeValve took care of that, as Landry told ohio.com:

“It’s [about] getting a little bit of timing down, but for the most part, it’s being around each other, catching up, talking. Obviously, we text and stuff like that, but it’s always good when you can physically touch the person you’re talking to and have a relationship with. For us, that’s kind of the biggest thing about going out to L.A. and doing that whole deal.”

What about that undisclosed injury that kept Landry out of Organized Team Activities and mandatory minicamp? Nothing to see here, Landry told cleveland.com:

“Just trying to make sure my whole body is ready to go for the grind and for all the impact. The team, myself felt like it was in the best benefit of all of us to kind of sit OTAs out, minicamp out and come back now in training camp and be ready to go.”

The Browns open training camp on July 25 at 10 a.m. with the first practice in Berea.

If you still haven’t booked your ticket on the hype train, you better hurry while there are still seats available.