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Hue Jackson press conference - 8/24

On what the Browns learned from yesterday's practice with the Buccaneers for today's session:

"Just the focus when you first walk out. It was going to be hot and everybody knew it, but I don't think everybody knew how hot it was going to be. Early yesterday, I thought the elements kind of got to us and we got used to it. Starting practice today, I thought we came out understanding what we needed to do and did it."

On OL Cameron Erving leaving practice early today:

"He just had his ankle, sprained it a little bit so I just wanted to get him out of there so we have a chance to play him on Friday. I think he'll be fine."

On if Erving will play Friday:

"Yeah, I think so."

On DB Tramon Williams' status:

"I think he'll be fine. I don't know exactly what that is, but I think he'll be fine. I don't think it's anything serious."

On if OL Joe Thomas rested today by design:

"Yeah, absolutely. We have those days with those guys. We all know what Joe Thomas is so he'll be ready to play."

On how helpful the practices are with the Buccaneers:

"Very. It's just great to go against another team. It's a different type of intensity and a different type of focus in my opinion. It's just good to do something different, and it's just another growing opportunity for our football team."

On WR Corey Coleman's performance today and if will he play on Friday:

"I sure do believe he will. He's just getting back and finding his rhythm back playing, but I think he is doing well. He's a young player. I understand he's going to have some up and down days, but I think he's going to be fine. There is no question in my mind about that."

On how Coleman has handled to the route tree, given the offensive scheme at Baylor:

"I don't think he has any problem with the route tree. That's not it at all. We carry a lot of different verbiage in our offense. Sometimes players can get stuck that way, and that's what's expected. He has done a great job, and I'm looking forward to watching him on Friday night."

On if he saw Coleman jump the fence on a play at the end of practice:

"I saw him jump. I didn't see it all. I saw him go catch the ball. I know he was out of bounds. I know he was trying to stay in."

On if he was nervous at all when Coleman jumped the fence:

"No, he's an athlete. He better jump over (laughter). He's fine. He's OK."

On DB Joe Haden recording interceptions in yesterday's and today's practices:

"Keep getting them. Please, keep getting them. We need to get our hands on the ball on defense. That's what it's all about. We have to take the ball away from the other team's offense and we have to keep it on offense."

On seeing Haden back on the field and playing well:

"It's great. I told you guys he'd be back out there at some point, and he's back. I'm glad he's back. He's one of the leaders of our team, one of the better players in the National Football League. We expect him to play that way."

On his excitement after QB Robert Griffin III's TD pass to TE Randall Telfer:

"It's just the progression. We play progression football. At the end of the day, we're not a team that just flips the ball up anywhere. There is a reason we do what we do on every play, and as long as our quarterbacks are progressing, I get very excited because you can always call another play. If you give the ball to the other team, you can't call another play. We have to continue to stress taking care of the ball in scoring zone situations if we're going to be a winning offense."

On if Griffin is where the Browns expected or ahead of schedule with learning the offense and going through his progressions:

"I think he is a little ahead. He's done a good job. He is working at it every day, along with the other quarterbacks and (associate head coach-offense) Pep (Hamilton) and myself. The guys understand how we play. The most important thing is taking care of the team. You have to be very team protective and that means taking care of the ball. We will do that at quarterback. We will give them chances to throw touchdown passes or hand the ball off, one or the other. We don't care how we score. We just want to score.  If our quarterback will do that for us, we will be fine."

On if the Browns learned anything new about the team during the practices with the Buccaneers that it wouldn't have learned without these sessions:

"I don't know if I have learned anything new. What I was most excited about was how they fought. They fought hard. The elements were hot, it was tough, it was a whole different schedule doing things differently, and I wanted it to be that way. I wanted to get away from the routine. Most players are used to the routine. I think football, as you guys know, games don't stay the same. Guys have to get used to that to get uncomfortable a little bit, be out of your element, don't do things normally the way you do it and then find a way to get it done. If we can do that, I think we grew over these last two days."

On Griffin's production this week:

"He did some good things. There were a couple that we'd like to have back. I think he knew where the ball was going. Just how to throw it in that situation, we'll work through that, but it's nothing glaring to me. He did a great job of just running the team, running our offense, understanding where the ball needs to go, when to get outside the pocket and throw the ball away, when to slide. I think all of it was on display. It has to be that way every day. That's what he has to chase every day to be a really good player for us."

On expected playtime for Browns starters in the third preseason game:

"Normally in general, we play a little longer. I need to see what the health of our team is first and foremost, and then we'll make that decision. We still have a couple days. I'd like to see them play longer because everybody says the third game might be the last time that the starters play. I don't know that for sure. I haven't made that decision, but we'll continue to work at it and get our team ready to go Friday."

On if it is important to see the Browns starters play coming out of a halftime situation:

"No, not for me. That's not what is important to me. What is important is that we play. Whenever I decide that we shut it down, we are going to shut it down."

On expecting Coleman, WRs Josh Gordon and Terrelle Pryor play in a game together for the first time:

"That sounds good. That sounds really good. I'm looking forward to that. I think so. I think we have a good chance for that to happen."

On what makes him most optimistic about the Browns at this point of the season:

"Our players responded. If anything, this team has allowed me and the staff to coach them and they have responded. Every time things have maybe been a little bit off kilter, when I bring it to their attention, they go and fix it. To me, that's our veteran leadership, it's our quarterback and the quarterback room and I think everybody has a piece of that. Everybody has done a great job of understanding that it's not going to go right all the time, but if we work at it and be accountable to each other, good things can happen."

On if he's grateful the Browns finished the two practices with the Buccaneers 'unscathed':

"Yes. Honestly, I don't really worry about that. I do and I don't in the sense that it's football. Sometimes things are going to happen. On the other side of it, I know in order to be a good football team you have to have your good players out there. There is a fine line, but at the same time, we need to improve and get better. We have to always be working and be a working group. We're going to have to practice. That's just the way it is."

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