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On-field observations from the Orange and Brown scrimmage


COLUMBUS -- With years of experience in the AFC North, Hue Jackson knew all about the passionate Browns following in Cleveland.

For him to see the team's reach beyond [


]( Ohio, he had to experience it to really believe it.

Saturday was that day.

Jackson called the turnout of 42,310 fans at Ohio Stadium for the second Orange and Brown Scrimmage "unbelievable."

"What a great environment," Jackson said. "More so than that, what a tremendous turnout by our fans. That says a lot about the following of the Browns. I know we have tremendous fans, but I never knew they traveled all over the place. That's really great.

"I've never been a part of anything like this. I thank our fans. I thank them for coming out and our administration for having this day down here. It's tremendous. It gives us a chance to get away. I think it's a lot of fun. I think our players enjoyed it more than anything."

Terrelle Pryor, the lone Buckeye on Cleveland's roster, called the atmosphere "electric" at the end of a day in which he caught two touchdown passes.

"I'm sure there are a lot of Buckeye fans here, Browns fans," Pryor said. "Hopefully, it's the upcoming of what's possibly to be."

Quarterback Robert Griffin III never got a shot to play at The Horseshoe during his Baylor days but was able to relish the atmosphere on a warm and sunny Saturday in Columbus.

"College football was a very fun time for everybody that is in the pros now, so you get to come back to a stadium like this in a place that is as historic as Ohio State, it's pretty cool," Griffin said. "I know Terrelle was excited to come back."

-- Some highlights from the scrimmage included:

• Griffin connected with Pryor on numerous occasions, including three times on the first series and a short touchdown pass in the first half.

• The longest offensive play of the scrimmage came on the last play of the scrimmage, as Pryor hauled in a 75-yard pass from Josh McCown for a touchdown.

• Undrafted rookie free agent Tracy Howard intercepted McCown during Saturday's first half.

• RB Duke Johnson Jr. capped a scoring drive when he snagged a 9-yard Griffin pass down the seam and scooted into the end zone.

• Both kickers Patrick Murray and Travis Coons made the field goals they attempted.

• Darius Jennings appeared to have a nice kickoff return lined up but it's unclear how far he would have gone if the scrimmage was live.

-- One day after corralling three long catches, including a touchdown, at Friday's scrimmage, rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman sat out Saturday's action with a sore hamstring.

Jackson said Coleman could have played if necessary but didn't feel the need to rush anything with the team's top pick from the 2016 NFL Draft.

"It's important to take care of our players and protect them that way," Jackson said.

-- Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge got his first significant 11-on-11 work of training camp Saturday. He's been active in a variety of areas throughout training camp as he recovers from sports hernia surgery.

Tight ends coach Greg Seamon said last week he expects Barnidge to receive some playing time during the preseason.

-- Jackson said he expects center Cameron Erving to return to practice soon. Erving has been sidelined since the middle of Tuesday's practice with an elbow injury.

-- Fifth-round offensive lineman Spencer Drango continued his work with the first-team offense at right tackle. Drango spent time at the position during OTAs and mini-camp before beginning training camp as a second-team left tackle. Since Drango made the move, free agent signing Alvin Bailey, who previously held the first-team right tackle spot, has worked primarily at right guard.

Jackson said Drango is one of the players he is "excited about" and believes he has a "bright future" with the Browns.

"We're still going to continue to search and find the best five linemen up there for our football team," Jackson said. "I think the key to our football team will be our lines, offensively and defensively. If we can continue to improve and get better, then we'll have a chance to be where we want to be."

-- The Browns are off Sunday and will return to the practice field Monday in Berea for an afternoon practice. It's the first of three in a row before the team travels to Green Bay for their preseason opener.

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