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On-Field Observations: Emmanuel Ogbah quietly continues strong training camp

Posted Aug 16, 2017

'We’re very happy with his development and where he's headed'

After a brief respite, the Browns got right back to work Wednesday in what was a short, but spirited practice.

Here’s what we saw in the team’s second-to-last session open to the public:

— With so many eyes on Myles Garrett, it might easy to forget about second-year defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Browns coach Hue Jackson playfully teased news reporters about that dynamic Wednesday when asked about the former second-round NFL Draft pick.

“I think it’s because you guys are watching Myles all the time,” he said, laughing. “No, (Ogbah) has done well. I mean, he’s done extremely well. We’re very happy with his development and where he's headed.”

Ogbah, the 32nd overall pick in 2016, led the Browns with 5.5 sacks as a rookie. He also made 53 tackles in 16 starts. Previewing this fall, Jackson said the players around the former Oklahoma State standout — including Garrett, Danny Shelton and Desmond Bryant — should hopefully help increase that production.

“It’s only going to make Emmanuel even better because I think some things are going to naturally get pushed to him because of Myles and the other guys,” Jackson said. “I think he's going to make those plays. I think he's doing well.”

—  Joel Bitonio (knee) and Cameron Erving (calf) did not practice after sustaining injuries in Tuesday’s session. Jackson said he’s optimistic, however, that both offensive linemen will be ready to go by the start of the regular season. “Some guys are fast healers. Some guys take a little longer. In my opinion, we will have both of these guys back before the regular season,” he said. “There’s no question in my mind, but I don’t want you guys to hold me to that.”

Brock Osweiler, who will start his second-straight preseason game, continued to take reps with the first-team offense. Jackson said Osweiler has made strides since being traded to Cleveland this past spring, praising his management of the offense.

“Brock is a pro. He has done this. He is not going to get fooled by many things,” he said. “Obviously, he would be the first to tell you there are some throws he wants to make better, some things he wants to do better and he will work at those things, but I think he deserves to go out there first, and we will go from there.”

— In addition to Bitonio and Erving, defensive lineman Caleb Brantley (shoulder), defensive back Marcus Burley (face laceration), safety Ibraheim Campbell (concussion), offensive lineman Gabe Ikard (concussion) and defensive lineman Cam Johnson (knee) did not practice.

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