For the first time in almost seven months, the Browns put on their pads and ran into each other. It produced mixed results, Hue Jackson said Saturday afternoon. That was to be expected on Day 3 of training camp.
"We saw some things that were good," the third-year head coach said, "some things that we have to continue to work through."
Cleveland wasted little time, diving into the first of two live contact (tackling) sessions within the first 10 minutes of practice. It was a tone-setter for a new-look team that wants to be physical on both sides of the ball.
"We won't have pads every day, but we'll have them on tomorrow. We play in pads," he said. "We have to get used to carrying our pads, running in our pads, blocking, tackling and doing all of those things. We'll have them on tomorrow for sure."
— Jackson was pleased to see Jamie Collins, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in November, back in Cleveland's starting lineup. The former Pro Bowl linebacker took reps during team drills for the first time in camp. "I said, 'Hey how many plays did you go,'" Jackson said. "He goes, 'More than I was supposed to, but it was good.' So that was good and he's fired up about it and that's good. I think anytime you get your good players back out there competing in a situation where things are live and going is good. I think he is putting it behind him, and we will slowly integrate him back in there."
Collins, who played six games in 2017, enters his third season with the Browns after three years with the New England Patriots.
— Entering a pivotal Year 3, wide receiver Corey Coleman had a solid afternoon, making a nice catch in one-on-one drills and a few others during live action. "He made some plays. I didn't get to see it all myself, but I know he made some plays – one time in the team period, he made some catches," Jackson said. "Corey just has to work at being consistent and making plays for us, being in the right spots for the quarterback. It is Day 3. We will keep working at it."
— Rookie Austin Corbett worked behind Shon Coleman at left tackle. Corbett, the 33rd overall pick in the NFL Draft this past spring, played that position all four years at Nevada. The Browns, however, are still trying to figure out where the versatile Corbett best fits on the offensive line.
— Jackson said rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, who was limited toward the end of practice with an undisclosed injury, should be fine.
— Jarvis Landry will also be fine after someone stepped on his leg late in the session, Jackson said. The three-time Pro Bowler continued to impress in practice.
— Wide receiver Jeff Janis (knee) did not practice. The former Packer joined the team this past spring in free agency.