On-Field Observations: First full-contact period marked by big running plays

Within seconds of the siren blaring at Saturday's practice, Browns players could be seen delivering leaping chest bumps to each other.

There was some definite excitement when Cleveland went live for the first time all camp, and the offense capitalized on that enthusiasm.

More specifically, it was the Browns' revamped run attack behind an upgraded offensive line.

The drive began with a chunk run from Isaiah Crowell, who burst through a big hole in the middle of the line. Duke Johnson Jr. added another. Rookie Matthew Dayes followed with a long run of his own and Brandon Wilds, who was claimed via waivers from the Jets on Friday, punched in a touchdown with one of the longest runs of the run-heavy possession.

Jackson brushed off the notion that the heavy dose of ground and pound was foreshadowing what's to come.

"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," Jackson said. "We just have to continue to get better and keep working at the things we are trying to accomplish."

The Browns practice in pads for the first time.

-- Speaking of Wilds, Jackson's eyes lit up when he talked about the newest addition to the Browns running back stable.

"We brought a young man in here today that looked pretty impressive to me running the football. I want to find out more about him," Jackson said. "Then (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."

-- For a second consecutive day, Browns coaches had to stop play to break up a scuffle between players. Jackson talked to the team before resuming action and outlined his philosophy on camp confrontations after practice.

"I have seen it where it goes a little too far. We just don't want that to happen," Jackson said. "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."

-- Browns kickers Cody Parkey and Zane Gonzalez had the spotlight to themselves during the final period. Each player went 3-for-5 on a variety of kicks, with Gonzalez hitting his attempt from 50 yards and Parkey nailing a 55-yarder.

"I know those guys are working hard, but we do have to play the elements," Jackson said. "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."

-- An under-the-radar player to watch is DL Trevon Coley. The first-year player out of Florida Atlantic was talked up by both his teammate Danny Shelton and Jackson.

"He is one of those guys with a big lower center of gravity," Jackson said. "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."

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