1. QB competition to resume in late July
Based on how coach Hue Jackson has addressed the position throughout the offseason workout program, it was little surprise he said Thursday he was "absolutely not" ready to name a starter before training camp.
"I haven't even come close to letting my mind go there," Jackson said. "I'm just trying to help our football team improve and that position improve as much as I can. That is what really is important. As we start getting closer in training camp to getting ready to play as I've seen more things, and I'll go back and evaluate all of this, but I can assure you guys that there will be no earth-shattering announcement between now and training camp or anything like that. You guys go on your vacations, have a good time."
Jackson had a good time watching the progress of all five of his quarterbacks from the start of the offseason workout program, to OTAs, to the past three days of veteran minicamp. Of note, Jackson said Robert Griffin III has "gotten better" amid high scrutiny from outside of the building.
"He has gotten better in a lot of areas," Jackson said. "It goes back to the same thing. These men are allowing the coaching staff to coach them, and we are doing the best job that we can to put them in the right environment so that they can get better. There are a lot of guys that have improved. You know, from Step A to where we are today. We also understand that we have a big hill to climb. We're just going to keep climbing until we get there."
2. Coleman a 'tremendous player'
Corey Coleman quickly worked himself into NFL shape after a few whirlwind months on the draft circuit and impressed Jackson throughout OTAs and minicamp.
The first-round pick has received constant attention from Jackson and senior offensive assistant/wide receivers coach Al Saunders on the practice field, and that's been reciprocated with continuous improvement.
"He's a tremendous player," Jackson said. "He's going to be pretty good. I ride him pretty hard because he has so much ability and I want to get it out of him. He's really shown why we drafted him in the first round. He is a tremendous talent. If he keeps working like he is and stays as humble and he has great desire to be a great football player, I think that's going to happen for him.
"He's still got to earn it. He's got to work for it. He's got to go fight for it to go get it. I think he will."
The Browns took to the field to finish the three-day veterans' minicamp.
3. Cioffi's high hopes for Haden
Browns secondary coach Louie Cioffi has yet to see Joe Haden on the practice field but he's been more than encouraged by the cornerback's progress in his recovery from offseason ankle surgery.
Cioffi was Cleveland's secondary coach in 2013 in the same capacity under defensive coordinator Ray Horton. He worked closely with Haden in what was his first Pro Bowl season.
"When I got hired here, the first person I talked to was obviously Coach Jackson. The second text I got was from Joe," Cioffi said. "He was extremely excited that we are back together. I expect him to be back in the Pro Bowl. He's that kind of player. We are going to do everything we can to get him back to that status. I think he's going to help us win a lot of football games. He's been awesome. He's been rehabbing like crazy. He's been great in the meeting rooms, and I think he'll be ready to go when the season starts."
4. Deep competition at right tackle
Offensive line coach Hal Hunter named four players when prompted about the ongoing competition at right tackle.
That's good news, he said, about a competition that includes a mix of veterans and rookies with varying experience at the position.
Alvin Bailey, who spent the first part of his career in Seattle as a jack-of-all trades, received the bulk of the work with the first-team offense throughout the offseason program.
"When he swings over the right tackle, all the technique is absolutely backward," Hunter said of Bailey, who last played at left tackle for the Seahawks. "We've worked a lot of his technique, and our system is a lot more complicated than what they did in Seattle. We're asking him to do a lot more, but he's picked it up really well. I've been pleased. He's got a ways to go to be able to do what we want, but he's making progress."
Rookies Spencer Drango and Shon Coleman are also in the mix and so is Michael Bowie, who has been with the Browns since 2014 but has yet to play because of injuries.
5. Pryor improves by 'leaps and bounds'
Saunders was nowhere near ready to pencil in Terrelle Pryor to a significant role for the 2016 season opener in Philadelphia, but he was adamant about the former quarterback's improvement.
"The season is yet to come here, but I know one thing: He's improved by leaps and bounds," Saunders said. "It's really hard, that transition from the quarterback position to a wide receiver position, and the physical environment is so different. He's being asked to do things that he's never really been asked to do before. He's got to make a lot of ground up in that way, but every day he gets better, he does something that really gives me room for optimism that he has a future at that position. We're really excited about him. He's dedicated himself in the classroom, and his work ethic is better and better and better. His efficiency is better and better and better.
"I look forward to getting him in training camp and see where we can go from there. He's done a nice job."