On-Field Observations

On-Field Observations: When the pads come on, Browns hope identity shows out

Hue Jackson says he'll know his team better when the pads come on Saturday. But first, the Browns finished their second day of training camp on a warm Friday afternoon.  

"Tomorrow we will get a chance to start setting that identity, that way," he said. "Those guys have to meet the challenge."'

Cleveland's head coach hopes the team's new-look roster starts to come into clearer view with shoulder pads and live contact.  "I know that everything won't be perfect, it's football," Jackson said. "But, I expect our offense to execute. I expect our defense to fundamentally do the things that they are supposed to do. Special teams to keep getting better.

"Each and every day – as I told our team – every day we just want to keep getting a little bit. We have a long way to go before we ever get to a game."

— Jarvis Landry delivered one of the more memorable moments of training camp during one-on-one drills. The Browns wide receiver put cornerback T.J. Carrie on skates with a quick double move before tracking a deep ball downfield. Landry, a three-time Pro Bowler, was traded to Cleveland this past spring after four years in Miami. 

— Denzel Ward continues to take reps with the first-team defense, a status he earned back in minicamp. The rookie cornerback and fourth-overall NFL Draft pick is expected to play a key role for Cleveland's defense this season, meaning he'll have to face some of the league's best receivers along the way. "The game isn't too big for him. You know, those moments aren't t too big for him," Jackson said. "I think he makes plays in those situations, the pressure situations that is what you are going to have to do. He is going to face some of the best receivers in the leagues. Think of the first game of the year, he is playing against Antonio Brown. Best guy on the planet, so you better have really thick skin. He has that, and I think his teammates see that, but again he has a lot of work to do between now and then."

— Tackle Greg Robinson left practice early and will be evaluated for a concussion. "I think that he got hit in the head. Just got hit in the head. He will be OK," Jackson said. "We got to evaluate him. But again, those things happen. It is football. Forearm, fist, whatever it was." Robinson was the second-overall pick in the NFL Draft in 2014, and though he's started a number of games, has since struggled to live up to expectations. He signed with Cleveland earlier this month. 
— Second-year defensive lineman Caleb Brantley left practice with cramps for the second day in a row.

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