Skip to main content

Training Camp

Hue Jackson press conference - 7/26

Head Coach Hue Jackson:

Opening statement:

"Good first day. Our guys did some good things, but, it was the first day. We have got a lot of work to do, keep moving forward and keep working hard. We have got to continue to learn how to finish on both sides of the ball and keep making plays, finishing in the fourth quarter. Like we did in that last part of practice, I started it over because I expect more from this group. They get it. We will just keep pushing and get to where we need to be."

On if the Browns will tryout former Bengals DB Adam Jones for a workout tomorrow:

"As you guys know, (General Manager) John (Dorsey) and the personnel group are always trying to uncover talent and uncover guys that can play. Obviously, there is an opportunity to continue to look at guys so I am sure we will bring them in and take a peek at him."

On if Browns players 'measured up' with the first few days of practice being critical after returning from the offseason, as well as citing restarting the end of practice:

"I thought they did. At the end, I just think [it was] fatigue. They have not been pushed like this. This is pro football. You have to work through those things. For the most part, I think that our guys did some good things. I have a standard that I want these guys to attain each and every day. We just have to keep working towards it."

On DL Caleb Brantley leaving practice early:

"Yes, it was his calf. Just cramps, I think, more so than anything. Got some guys that were cramping.

On WR Damion Ratley's leaving practice early:

"That was a hip. I will know more about it once I get inside and talk to our medical people."

On TE Devon Cajuste's injury:

"I am not sure exactly what it is, but I will know more when I get inside."

On if he stayed with the offense more during today's practice, given he was typically with the offense last season:

"Oh no, I did some defensive football coaching, too (laughter). It is different. I told you guys that it would be different. It is still a work in progress for me, but I still feel good about the things that I saw and the help that I could give and the input I could give and different things. I have been in every meeting – special teams, offense, defense – all of it. It has been good, but I have work to do and our team has work to do."

On expectations for QB Baker Mayfield during training camp:

"Just that he is progressing and improving. I saw some of that improvement today. Normally, he would flush out to the right side when pressure came. He stood in there, especially in our scoring zone area, and made some plays. He stood there and threw the football. That was good to see, but we have to continue to do that. This is the first day. We have to put on pads. There is still a lot of football ahead of us, but I thought that there were some guys that made some strides, but we have got to continue to do that."

On messages from the Browns' first team meeting and if he referenced the 0-16 season:

"No, this is not the same team. I have said it before, that was 0-16. This is a whole different team. I do not think that I should take them back through that. I think the thing that I stress is how we practice. That we need to go out and execute offense, defense and special teams, and just every day get a little bit better. Every day, come out here with the mindset to get better. I think that we will do that. We just have to continue to do that on a play-by-play basis every day. If we do that, then good things are going to happen.

On WR Corey Coleman's dropped pass in Week 17 last season:

"We have talked about it, but it is behind him. There are some really good players that have played in this league that have dropped some very critical balls at very critical times. You do not want that to happen, but hopefully, he will grow from that and learn from that. I think that Corey is into Year 3 of his professional career and he knows that it is time for him to play better and to make plays for the organization. He did some good things today. It was good to see him fight through a lot – the first offense was in there a lot – so he was in there a lot and competing. That was good to see."

On how Coleman has responded to entering his third season, given his first two seasons:

"He is competing. He is here. He is accounted for and has been working hard. That is all you can do. All Corey can do is do his job. Do his job and what he is supposed to do, and the rest will take care of itself."

On the Browns skill position groups working together:

"It is a working progress, but I see good things. Just need to see the consistent things play in and play out. That will come in time. We do not have to be a well-oiled machine right now, but I think that our guys are starting to get a feel for each other. That is a tribute to the quarterbacks, the extra time that they spent together working together because you have got to build that chemistry. I think that is what they are starting to develop."

On how much Coleman's struggles are due to injury and not being able to practice compared to not being able to 'pick it up':

"What do you mean pick it up? I'm not following you. Pick what up?"

On Coleman's ability to 'pick up the NFL game':

"No, I don't think he has problems picking up the NFL game. Corey has had some tough breaks. Obviously, when you are a first-round pick, a lot if expected from you, and I think he wants to do that as well as anybody, but we can't talk about the past. He is out here today. Let's give this man an opportunity to see what he brings to the table this year and if he can be the type of player we think he can be."

On former Browns OL Joe Thomas' comment that OL Austin Corbett will be a good player but does not see him as a T:

"Joe Thomas is entitled to his opinion (laughter)."

On if Browns coaches see Corbett best suited for interior OL:

"I think he is an offensive lineman who has versatility who can play on the edge and can play inside, and we are going to find out where the best place to play him once we put these pads on."

On clarifying that the Browns haven't ruled out T for Corbett:

"I don't think we have given up on anything. I think it is too soon. I think we need to get the pads on, and watch guys compete and kind of go from there."

On QB Tyrod Taylor's leadership and if that changes when playing in front of fans:

"No different. He does not flinch. Tyrod Taylor is the same guy that walked into the building however many months ago and is the same guy today. He is leading the offense, making plays, getting people in the right spots and all of those things. I am very impressed with what he is doing. He just has to keep it going."

On the Browns CBs:

"There is competition. I said this yesterday, that is what is going to make out football team better. There is competition throughout our team. I do not know how it is going to shake out. The players are going to decide that by how they play, but we have candidates out there that can play and that is the fun part so we will just let it all play out."

On if DB Jabrill Pepper's injury will keep him out of training camp:

"No, I expect him back during camp."

On if he expects OL Desmond Harrison DL Chad Thomas:

"Yes, I sure hope so."

On if LB Jamie Collins Sr. and LB Mychal Kendricks are being eased back into team drills after returning from injury:

"Absolutely. Those guys are coming off of some surgeries so we are going to just work them back in. Now, the most important thing is I have to get this team healthy to the season. Obviously, we have practice and preseason games, but we have some players that we have to make sure we give them the due time that they need to get their bodies in the right shapes so that they can play football."

On how closely he watched OL Shon Coleman during practice today and his development since the end of the offseason program:

"Close. Going against (DL) Myles Garrett is not fun, but I thought he competed well. I thought he did some good things. I need to go back and watch the tape to be very honest with you, but I felt like he wasn't a liability over there or anything like that. This is football in shorts right now. When the pads come on here this Saturday, we will find out a little bit more about our football team."

On if the HBO Hard Knocks presence at training camp is as expected:

"I do not know. They do their job, but we have a job to do. We are not going to let this be a distraction to our football team."

On what the Browns lost with DL Emmanuel Ogbah's injury last season after evaluating the year:

"A really good player, a player that we thought was having a fine season. A guy that could hold the point for us, rush the passer and was tremendous in the run game as well. He is back. Did we lose a really good player last year? Yes, we did, but he is out there, competing and doing some good things."

Related Content