5 things: Browns in 'no rush' to name starting QB vs. Dallas

It was a busy day in Berea as the Browns prepare for the Cowboys and, in the process, met a new teammate.

Here are five things to know from Wednesday.

1. No rush

Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he's in "no rush" to name a starting quarterback for this weekend with Josh McCown and Cody Kessler both finally healthy.

"I think guys need to practice," Jackson said, adding the team will make the decision when they feel comfortable. [


](​Both signal-callers said they want whatever will give Cleveland the best chance at notching its first win this season.

"We will both prepare and get ourselves ready to go," McCown said, "and then whatever he deems the best for our team, we will get behind that and go."

2. Jamie Collins meets the press

It's been two days since the Browns acquired Patriots Pro Bowl linebacker Jamie Collins. On Wednesday, the 27-year-old playmaker met with reporters at his locker and outlined the move to Cleveland.

"I am here now, so this is my home for right now. I am going to play like this is my home," Collins said. "This is where I am at and this is my focus."

Collins led the Patriots in tackles in 2014 and 2015 and figures to play a key role in the Browns defense.

"I mean, I am a workaholic, man. I am going to give you what I have, every game, and every day regardless," he said. You are going to get my plays."

3. Terrelle Pryor limited by hamstring

Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor did not practice Wednesday because of a lingering hamstring injury that he suffered three weeks ago against the Titans.

"It's definitely a precaution," Jackson said of holding Pryor out, "but I think he's a little sore. And I think we've got to be careful because those things stay with you and it's going to be on and off, it might be for the rest of the year if we don't attack it the right way."

Pryor, who leads the Browns with 43 catches for 598 yards and three touchdowns, continues to emerge as one of Cleveland's top playmakers. He missed practice time in the week before a game against the Bengals but ended up playing in Cincinnati.

"We don't want to take a chance of losing him for a period of time," Jackson said, "so I think it's very important that we're careful with him moving forward."

4. From one rookie to another

Kessler said he's forged a friendship with Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, whom he first met roughly three or four years ago at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana.

"Dak is one of my really good friends," Kessler said. "He has been doing great, obviously. He is having a lot of success, and I am proud of him. He is doing a great job. It is going to be exciting to see him out there Sunday. This whole week, obviously, we won't talk that much. Any rookies, guys that you know and you have trained together and you see them have success, it is obviously something that is exciting for your rookie class."

Prescott — who, much like Kessler, was throw into the fire after an injury to starting quarterback Tony Romo — has taken the league by storm, passing for 1,773 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions.

"He is playing great football. That is just who he is. He is a great competitor. He is a guy who loves the game," Kessler said, "and he is doing a good job for that time. It is cool to see those rookies have success."


  1.  "It's exciting for our city'**

With Game 7 of the World Series set for Wednesday night in Cleveland, the Browns will be paying attention to what happens at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. That includes McCown, who laughed when asked if he'd been keeping tabs on the Indians.

"Heck yeah! What are you talking about? I mean it is Game 7. Are you kidding me? Anytime in sports when you get to a Game 7, it is exciting." he said.

"It's exciting for our city. Starting back in June with the Cavs and now with these guys, for us, it gives a great energy and hope and inspiration that when you build it the right way and you keep working at it, it can turn because we understand looking back at the history of those franchises that they have had ups and downs and things like that. We are trying to get to that place where they are. What better motivation and inspiration that you can have than those two things happening in your city because you get to see it firsthand?"

Left tackle Joe Thomas added: "I'm not a diehard baseball guy but I have been watching every World Series game, unfortunately to the end because I am a little short on sleep, more than usual. My bedtime is usually about 10:30 so those games that go to 11:30 or 12:00 a.m. don't help that.

"But, it is really exciting. To watch the Indians in the World Series is pretty cool. I mean to have two teams in the same city, in the Championship game, in the same season is really special."​

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