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Hue Jackson press conference - 8/10

On being eager to return back outside and if it was simply too cramped to be as productive in the indoor practice facility early due to rain:

"It just didn't feel right. The ball kept hitting the net. It was loud. You hear all these different voices and everything. I'm like, 'Oh, my gosh. Can we go back outside?' (laughter) I thought we needed to get back outside, which was good. Again, I kind of like that sometimes when things are not going as well – it wasn't the practice; it was just us being inside – and having to switch and all of a sudden refocus and go do it again because that's just the way football is sometimes. Sometimes, it's just not there and you have to go find it. Our guys, it was muddy and water puddles and wet balls and the whole nine yards so I kind of like it like that when it's hard because football is hard."

On the current forecasting predicting inclement weather at Green Bay:

"(laughter) Lightning again? Wow, it could be. Well, we're going to have to deal with the elements. I keep telling our team, 'We'll play anywhere.' That's just the way it is – lightening, mud, rain, snow – that's the kind of team we have to be. We can't worry about the elements. Every other team has to deal with it, too. We have to find a way to deal with it and make the most of it and win when we're in those situations."

On WR Terrelle Pryor having a wrap on his calf and the status of WRs Corey Coleman and Andrew Hawkins for Friday's game:

"Yeah, well, Hawk definitely won't play and Corey won't play either. Those guys, we're going to make sure that they're exactly where they need to be. I think Terrelle will be fine. He was practicing and I made a decision to take him out. He wanted to stay out there. My job is to make sure that our players are OK, but I think he'll be fine, till the doctors tell me so will I really know. We're going to put a team out there that's going to go out there and play hard and execute our offense and defense and special teams. That's what we're looking to do."

On if Pryor was laboring and if that's why he was pulled from practice:

"Yeah because he was laboring a little bit. I can tell. He's willing to fight through it because guys want to have those opportunities that they're getting, but at the same time, I have to be smart enough to tell a guy, 'Hey, we need to back you down.'"

On if there is significance to QB Austin Davis getting more reps than QB Cody Kessler today in practice:

"No, not really. Again, I haven't really made a decision how we'll play those guys, but they'll play. I think everything is earned. I'm not giving anybody anything, whether it's Cody or Austin, It's through practice. I know maybe you see a little switch there, but that doesn't signal anything at all."

On if the Browns will cut projected starters' play time in the event of poor weather at Green Bay:

"No, the elements have nothing to do with that. Whatever decision we make will be based on the feeling of how long we want guys to play. It won't be because of the weather."

On if the Browns have decided how long the starters will play against Green Bay:

"No, we just had practice today and I've been running from the lightning so I haven't thought about that one yet."

On RB Isaiah Crowell dropping passes in practice and if he needs to improve at catching the football out of the backfield:

"Absolutely. Yeah, anybody who is dropping a pass – Isaiah or receivers, tight ends, anybody – we need to get that better. Our goal is to keep the ball off the ground and catch every ball that's thrown and be very accurate with the ball. I hope that it's the elements. We have to learn how to catch a wet ball and how to throw a wet ball because that's just part of it, too. It's something that I have to make sure as a team that we take care of. We don't want to drop any balls. All of our players need to continue to get better catching the ball."

On DL Nick Hayden's stint with the Bengals and if he remembers him from that training camp:

"I do. I remember he was a fierce competitor. He liked to play the game. He was tough. He worked hard, and he was one of our final cuts. I kind of knew who he was when he came to work out so I kind of had a memory of what he did when he was there. That guy has worked extremely hard, and I think football is very important to him."

On if he's seen the same thing from Hayden during this training camp:

"Absolutely, Absolutely, he has. He's working to earn a spot on our football team."

On TE Connor Hamlett's performance during training camp:

"Obviously, he's made some plays. He's made some plays catching the ball. He's very accountable, knows what to do. I also think that he knows he needs to continue to get better. He's a big tall guy so he has to block some of these strong smaller guys at times. That's an area he has to continue to get better at. He's working at it, and I give him a lot of credit for his tenacity and how he stays after it so he has a chance. Again, we need to see a lot of these things show up versus an opponent as we move forward." 

On TE Seth DeValve returning, his evaluation process and how much ground he needs to make up following his injury:

"If he's healthy, he's a tremendous athlete. He has a chance, just like anybody else. I think he'll hopefully get back out here pretty soon so that we can evaluate him. We haven't seen much of him. He needs to be out there with his teammates practicing."

On if DeValve was able to practice at all today:

"He ran around a little bit today. He did. We'll continue to increase that as we go."

On if the Browns are tempted to give Griffin more playing time than normal in the first preseason game:

"I'm not tempted to do anything yet because I haven't thought about it. I'm just going to take my time. I mean, we don't play until Friday, right? I have got to remember what day it is today. No, we don't play until Friday. I'm not in a rush for that. I'm more in a rush of making sure our players are still practicing hard and doing what we need to do and learning how to practice because we have to learn how to practice against each other, take care of each other and do things the right way. This is a little bit different phase of training camp because now we're about to play an opponent. That's a little bit different as you move through that. Practices change a little bit, some other things that we try to get accomplished, and I think that's what's important."

On how eager the Browns are to see Griffin against another team in a live setting:

"Very, and I'm really eager to see our whole football team against a different opponent, but obviously, to watch our quarterback under duress when it's tough, when the other team is really coming after you, but also, our offensive line, our defensive line, our secondary and our linebackers. I'm going to be very, very into watching our football team play. I'm probably going to have to catch myself because I have so many responsibilities as we go through this. I am very excited about our guys going out and competing against somebody else for a change."

On DB Jordan Poyer appearing to be set with the ones since Day 1 this year:

"I think he's earned the right to do that. He's a returning player. He has had some good moments here, but the consistency of every guy back there needs to improve. I've told them all that. Our goal is to make sure nobody catches the ball. That's his job. He's the center fielder back there. If the ball is thrown down the middle, he has got to be back there to make a play and has got to make great tackles. That's what we're asking everybody on defense to do. We have an expectation. We've got to get our guys up to that level. Not that they're not, but again, we've done certain things out there in practice, but we'll find out a little bit more about our guys come Friday."

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