The Browns got a surprise visit from Kobe Bryant at their team meeting Friday and it appears to have given the team a boost.
Second-year safety Jabrill Peppers had nothing but good things to say about the experience.
“It gave me that extra little oomph that I needed for prime time and I was definitely thankful for that,” said Peppers, via Cleveland.com. “That was probably one of the dopest moments since I’ve been in the league. It’s just the way he can just command a room when he talks.”
The Browns beat the Broncos 17-16 in Denver on Saturday. Peppers was a huge part of the win, as he recorded a game-clinching sack and an interception during critical moments of the matchup.
Cleveland has won four of its last six games and could actually make the playoffs, despite its horrendous start. The Browns’ chances are slim and depend quite a bit on the performances of other teams, but they’ve shown incredible improvement.
The Browns have to win out to give themselves a shot, and they have a date with the Bengals on Sunday, who they beat 35-20 earlier this season. Cleveland’s former coach Hue Jackson is now a special assistant for Cincinnati. While Peppers is thankful that Jackson was a part of the staff that drafted him in 2017, he looks forward to sweeping him this year.
“I knew he wasn’t going to stay away from the game long,” Peppers said. “I know how it looks, but he’s the ultimate competitor. I have no ill-will towards him. I’m thankful for everything he taught me. Thankful that he brought me here — but still looking forward to kicking his a— again.”