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Hue Jackson press conference - 8/29

Head Coach Hue Jackson:

On rumors that the Browns are 'shopping' DB Joe Haden for a possible trade:

"This is a time of year where everything is happening and things start getting said. Obviously, I don't know that. We will deal with those things as we move forward."

On if he wants Haden on the team this year:

"I trust (Executive Vice President of Football Operations) Sashi (Brown) and his group to make the right decisions that I think are best for our football team. Do I want Joe on our football team? Yes. Like I said, whatever our organization thinks is best, that is what we will do."

On Haden's performance during training camp and the preseason:

"I think he has had a great training camp, and I think he played well in our games. He is a huge piece of what we do on defense, and we will just keep moving forward from there. You guys catch me coming off the field with all of these things that I know nothing about, but let's stay after it."

On the QB rotation for Thursday's game:

"I really haven't made that decision. Play well (laughter), you just said it. I haven't made that decision yet. I know that I still want to see our guys keep playing. I think that is important to further evaluate them with critical reps, but I haven't made a decision on where I am going to play (QB) DeShone (Kizer) and if DeShone is playing."

On if Kizer will play in the final preseason game:

"I haven't made that decision yet."

On DL Trevon Coley and his performance during training camp and the preseason:

"I like his initial quickness, his strength and his toughness. I think he fits what we are trying to accomplish on defense. He gets after it. He is a high-energy, high-motor guy, and that is the way I think you have to play up front."

On DB Jabrill Peppers' tackling ability and if tackling is a lost art:

"Oh no, it is. That is what we demand on defense, but he is a sure tackler. We feel very comfortable and confident that with him back there as a last line of defense that he will get him down. That is what you have to do to play safety, not only be able to track the ball and I think he has proven he can do that, but you also have to be able to get people to the ground. He has done that, as well."

On if the NFL rule change of one roster cut from 90 to 53 players changes his approach to the final preseason game:

"No, I think it is going to be new for everybody. New for me having that many guys as you go play a game on the road, but I would think at the end of the day it is still about evaluation. It has allowed us to keep more guys healthy, keep more guys here and maybe take some wear and tear off of guys. At the same time, these guys are going to get an opportunity to go out and showcase their talent and ability for 31 other teams if they don't make this team. I think there is some good in that, as well."

On if he likes the opportunity to keep the roster at 90 players late into preseason and get extra time to evaluate players:

"Yeah, there is no question. I think that is good. I think it keeps some other guys healthy, too. Instead of now all of a sudden you are going to be where there is a cut down and guys taking more reps, now you don't have to put those extra reps on certain people."

On if Brown will wait until Saturday to make roster cuts or if it will begin once the final preseason game ends:

"I think that is something you would have to ask him."

On the Browns owning priority with waiver claims and if that provides an opportunity to improve the backend of the roster:

"As you know, we are going to do everything we can to get better, whatever that takes. It is good to be in that position because if there is someone who can help our football team, then I'm sure we will do that."

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