Browns rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman couldn't help but smile when talking about Sunday's season opener.
"I'm ready to get out there and compete. I played in two preseason games I think for like a quarter," the first-round draft pick and former Baylor star said Thursday. "Now, like I said, we get to put four quarters together."
Jackson, who said he felt like Coleman "pressed" at time during the preseason, said he'll be ready to go this weekend against Philadelphia. [
"He's now had experience in two different games, and I think he needed that," he said. "He'll be fine. It's like anything else until you go do it consistently all the time."
Jackson also said he understands that Coleman and the other rookies might have to shake some pre-game jitters. For Coleman, some of those feelings stem from a desire to live up to expectations.
"What I would say to him is that let's not worry about that. Let's just play the best you can play. Everything else will take care of itself," he said.
"We all know he is very talented. Just play the game and let's not get tied up about all the other thought processes that could go through your head. All he has to do is just do his job. He doesn't have to do anything miraculous for us to win. He just has to do his job to the best of his ability."
Coleman, who was electric in training camp before a hamstring injury slowed his progress said, "It's not about being a first-round pick. I put a lot of pressure on myself because I want to be great."
'Chomping at the bit'
With a roster of new faces and young players, Jackson has made it clear he won't use youth as an excuse when it comes to the expectation of winning this season.
"That's how I am and that's how our team is. I don't think we are as – like a lot of other people are when it comes to us – a lot of people have kind of written us off, and that's OK. We get it," he said.
"Like I said, until we prove something, but I think we are chomping at the bit to get to Philadelphia and play. We're excited about the opportunity. It's the start of the regular season and you only get one start. Our guys understand that. They have done a great job. We have had two good days of practice. We will practice again tomorrow, and then we will get ourselves ready to take off on Saturday and get ready to go play a game. We are excited about this opportunity."
'He hasn't blinked'
Browns rookie outside linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah will start Sunday after a preseason that saw him try his hand at multiple positions. Jackson said he's been impressed with Ogbah, the second-round pick whom the Browns drafted to bolster their pass rush, at how he's handled moving back-and-forth between the defensive line and outside backer.
"He hasn't blinked that way. A lot of our rookies are kind of like that. They are really eager to please and want to work at it and do whatever the coaches are asking them to do. Did that impress me? Yes, because the guy is used to putting his hand down," Jackson said.
"He was standing up and then we put his hand back down and we stood him up again. He keeps working at it, and that is all you ask for as a player. Here is your opportunity, go work at it and be the best you can be."
Ogbah, who said the coaching staff tells him his job is to get after the quarterback, said, "I was drafted to be a versatile player."
"Wherever they wanted me to play," he said, "that's where I was going to play."
Tramon Williams excited to return punts
When asked what he thought about being listed at the Browns' punt returner, veteran cornerback Tramon Williams laughed and playfully told reporters they had failed to watch old film of him taking back kicks.
After all, the former Packers standout returned a punt 94 yards for a touchdown in 2007 and has amassed 580 yards on 61 attempts (the bulk of those returns came in 2010, when Green Bay had him take back 41 punts).
"I actually used to love punt return. You're actually able to feed off of it in the other parts of the game. If your game is going kind of slow at corner, you get in at punt return and get a good return it kind of gives you a lift at your position too," he said, "so I actually like the position."
Williams has also embraced his newfound role at nickel after starting at cornerback last year.
"No doubt about it, and I'm continuing to do that," he said. "At the end of the day we have games to play, so I can't really focus on (starting or not). Only thing I can focus on right now is Philly and my role at Philly, so I'm going to focus on that the best I can and try to get a W."
Pryor 'envisioned' success at WR
In what's been a well-documented and so far successful transition from quarterback to wide receiver, Terrelle Pryor said his confidence didn't waver when making the position switch, not even after a trying, injury-ridden 2015 season.
"After I switched over from quarterback, I'm a visionary guy, so I envisioned myself doing this. I envisioned myself last year doing it, but I had a little injury. I try to make the most positive thoughts and believe that everything will be the best and it will work out the best way," he said.
"Sometimes it doesn't happen, but I saw this day. I'm happy and I can't wait to go play with my teammates."
Pryor, who is listed as a starting receiver on the team's unofficial depth chart, also reflected on earning that nod after an impressive preseason.
"It's not just a thing that I woke up and rolled out of bed and that's what happened. A lot of hard work into it. This is what I expect. This is what I expected for myself – to be out there, be able to contribute to the team and make some big plays," he said.
"I'm very excited to get out there with my teammates. We had two great practices, very urgent, very on point. I'm looking forward to playing the Eagles."