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Hue Jackson press conference - 7/29

Opening statement:

"Day 3, a lot of good work. The guys competed. We just have to continue getting better. It has only been three days. As I said the other day, we just have to keep working at it."

On if he pulled the team into the huddle after a scuffle during a team period and addressed it:

"Yes, I did. It is just about the way we want to do things. We are all men and tempers are going to flare from time to time. We just have to take care of each other. I know there are going to be some scuffles, but I want them to be the right kind of scuffles. We are teammates. We are a team. As long as we do it the right way, I'm fine with that. Once it goes across the line, it is my job as the leader of all of this to get everybody back and on the right course. We just had a little discussion, a little conversation."

On that DL Danny Shelton would have received two minutes in the hockey penalty box during the scuffle:

"He almost got two minutes from me. We will continue to work. Danny is like my son. I have a lot of respect for Danny, but Danny knows that there is a way we are going to do things. He gets it, and we will get all of that stuff corrected."

On if he recalls a time when a scuffle led to a serious injury:

"I have seen it where it goes a little too far. We just don't want that to happen. Things can always escalate, but I think our team understands we need everybody. We have to have every player that is here and doing things right. Like I said, we are men. Things will happen, but as long as we handle it, we will be good. Have I seen it where things go too far before? Yes, I have."

On if the team was setting a tone with 10 out of 11 offensive plays being runs in the team session and if he was surprised that the 'defense was gashed' during that period:

"I don't look at it like that. This is our football team. That was the first day of some live work. There were a few plays made by the offense, and there were some things the defense did too. We just have to continue to get better and keep working at the things we are trying to accomplish."

On if calling 10 runs in 11 plays during live tackling was setting the tone for the 'new Hue Jackson offense':

"[Laughter] Come on, Tony (Grossi)! You are giving them too much information out there. No, there are just some things we were trying to get accomplished in practice today that is all."

On QB DeShone Kizer fitting some throws into tight windows in practice and if that is a sign of progression:

"He did, absolutely. He hit some. (QB) Cody (Kessler) hit some. (QB) Kevin (Hogan) hit some. (QB) Brock (Osweiler) hit some. All of the guys keep responding. What I didn't like is we have to find a way to not get the ball turned over. We have to make those plays. I have to go back and look at the tape. I thought maybe the ball got tipped or dropped or something, but we have to take care of the ball better, keep making those plays and keep getting guys in the right spots."

On if he is concerned about the number of dropped passes at practice from WRs and TEs:

"Everybody. No kidding. Whether it is drops on defense if there is a tipped ball or drops on offense, we have to possess the ball better. That is one of the keys to a good football team. You do all of the fundamental things well. It is Day 3. We will keep addressing all of those things, but there is enough for us to really put an emphasis on it."

On DB Ed Reynolds II's status after leaving practice:

"I know there is a knee situation there. We will get more reports as we go. It is unfortunate, but we will see what it is and go from there."

On if TE David Njoku is pressing at the beginning of camp, given his two fumbles yesterday and a couple dropped passes today:

"No, I think he is just trying to work as hard as he can. We have to get through that phase. I have seen this before. There is no question in my mind that he is going to come out the other side of it. He also made a really good play later on in practice so I know it is there. He just has to do it consistently. That is what I'm going to push him to do, and I think he will do it."

On TE Seth DeValve's development since last year:

"I said this at OTAs – he is an emerging player. I really liked Seth coming out. Last year, I think he would be the first to tell you with all of the injuries and the newness of the National Football League that it was tough. He hung in there and toward the end of the year, played some football and was really hungry to get better and come out his second year and make an impact. He is doing that. He is stronger. He is bigger. He works hard. He studies hard. He wants to make a contribution to our football team."

On DL Trevon Coley catching the Browns coaches' attention:

"He has. He is one of those guys with a big lower center of gravity. He can push. He knows how to knock people back. He has really improved and come on like a lot of our front guys have. I think the scheme that we play, (defensive line coach) Coach (Clyde) Simmons and (assistant defensive line) Coach (Ken) Delgado have done a good job of bringing those guys along."

On OL John Greco and Austin Reiter returning from injury:

"That tells you that they really want to be out there. I give a lot of credit to our medical team, but the guys did a lot of work to get back out there. I am glad that they are out there. We have a lot of decisions to make down the road. It is way too early to talk about those, but there are some really good football players that are playing up front for us. We just have to continue to get better."

On Jimmy Haslam stating the Browns have the right leaders in place, including at head coach:

"Dee (Haslam) and Jimmy have been really good to me. I appreciate that being said. I have not heard all of that yet. He has been an outstanding support system for me, even in times last year when they were tough. He was somebody I could always turn to and talk to. I think he knows that we are trying to do everything that we can on our side, and I know he is doing everything he can on his side, along with our executive team, led by (Executive Vice President of Football Operations) Sashi (Brown). It has been a great relationship. We just have to keep growing. Like him, the only thing that I am interested in is trying to get this organization back to winning and giving us the best opportunity to win."

On if anything stood out with the QBs today now that the team practiced in full pads:

"It is too early. It is still Day 3. I need to go watch the tape. There were some plays being made by all three of the guys. I will watch the tape and see if there were some things that we could do better. So far, so good. It has just been three days. We have a lot of practices ahead of us. We are just going to keep growing."

On how Ks Cody Parkey and Zane Gonzalez performed in the wind today:

"Just get the ball in the upright (laughter). Too many times it is going on the other side. That kind of puts a little damper on everything. I know those guys are working hard, but we do have to play the elements. We play in the elements. We are going to deal with that wind and all of that down at our stadium, and that is what I said to them. We have some work to do there."

On if part of the RB evaluation is determining the third player behind RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr.:

"Oh, absolutely. We are positioned right with our top two guys (RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr.), as you mentioned. We brought a young man (RB Brandon Wilds) in here today that looked pretty impressive to me running the football. I want to find out more about him. Then (RB Matthew) Dayes, both of those guys flashed to me today so I will watch them closer. We have a good room, a good young room with some veteran players and some young players that have potential so that is good."

On if today's practice was 90 minutes and if that was shortened by design:

"Yes because anytime we go live, I didn't want to go back to individual. You end up losing a little time there, and I think I cut it at the end by about four or five plays to get to special teams. I saw what I needed to see for today, and let's get back out here tomorrow and do some work."

On if the Browns have determined DB Jason McCourty will definitively play cornerback and not safety:

"No, I think everything is still fluid. We are still working through it about where guys are going to play and how they are going to play. It is just three days, and as you know (defensive coordinator) Coach (Gregg) Williams has so many different packages so we will see where these guys all fit when the time comes."

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