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Browns’ Freddie Kitchens calls for improved Denzel Ward, more takeaways

Freddie Kitchens, Denzel Ward

Denzel Ward has been playing great of late for the Cleveland Browns at cornerback. Despite his recent success on the field, Freddie Kitchens is hoping to see even more from his Pro-Bowl cornerback moving forward.

Per Mary Kay Cabot in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“I want him to continue to get his hands on balls,” Kitchen said. “When you start getting your hands on footballs, that starts creating turnovers. He is playing really good, and I want more.”

Earlier in the season, Ward was dealing with a nagging hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for a month. After being able to return to practice during the team’s bye week in Week 7, Ward was back on the field in Week 8.

Since his awaited return in Week 8, Ward has tallied 17 tackles, seven pass deflections, and a fumble recovery. While those numbers are impressive, the second-year cornerback understands that there’s room for improvement.

“I want more out of myself as well,” Ward said Friday. “There’s always room for improvement in our game and my game specifically, there’s definitely room for improvement. I’ve just got to stay consistent and keep doing what I’m doing and make plays to help this team win.’’

Last year, Ward was named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie after contributing 53 tackles, 11 deflections, two fumble recoveries, and three interceptions. The Ohio State product would love to get back to forcing interceptions to end this season.

With Cleveland attempting to get back into the playoff picture, they could use more turnovers on the defensive side of the ball. Ward will look to grab his first interception of the year on Sunday versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.