BEREA — It is only the preseason, but the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers come to Cleveland on Saturday.
Brandon Jackson, who played for the Packers the last four season, was one of just a few key free agent signings the Browns have made thus far. Jackson started 13 games and played more than 600 snaps for the Packers last season after Ryan Grant went down with an injury.
"He did some (good) things in practice Saturday," Shurmur said. "I'm sure he'll be amped up for the Green Bay game."
Jackson was a former second-round draft choice of the Packers and, prior to Grant getting injured, Jackson was the change-of-pace back.
"I am a great fit in this offense," he said. "It's a West Coast offense, so pretty much downhill running and in Green Bay it was more spread. I am used to the offense, I'm just getting used to the terminology."
Jackson (5-foot-10, 215 pounds) is in his fifth year from Nebraska. At 25 years old, he is the type of player the Browns are bringing in through free agency -- young and, hopefully, up-and-coming.
Although a change-of-pace, Jackson doesn't see himself as just a third-down back.
"I am going to take advantage of my opportunities, if it's first, second or third down," he said. "I am here to run the ball, catch it, block and do whatever I can to help this team win ball games."
Jackson has committed very few mistakes in Green Bay, including fumbling and committing penalties.
"You look guys who are durable, dependable and efficient," Shurmur said.
Jackson is looking forward to seeing many friends and teammates Saturday.
"I am getting excited," he said. "Just trying to knock the rust off and get acclimated with the system, the players and the quarterbacks."
Little Progress: Wide receiver Greg Little had a big day at Family Day, as he caught several passes, including a couple of touchdowns. He dropped several passes on Monday. Shurmur was asked if Little was dropping more passes as camp has gone along.
"I disagree with that statement," Shurmur said. "He had quite a few catches Saturday and came back today and dropped a couple. He needs more consistency."
Little lined up on several occasions with the first group of wide receivers, opposite of WR Brian Robiskie.
Injury Update: LB Chris Gocong suffered a stinger and was held out of the rest of practice. Gocong is a starting outside linebacker. He was replaced by LB Kaluka Maiva, who missed most of the 2010 season with a torn ACL.
DB Ramzee Robinson injured a groin and left practice. RB Montario Hardesty continues to be suited up, but held out of contact. WR Mohamed Massaquoi (foot) still is in a walking cast, but Mike Holmgren said on a radio interview with WTAM that Massaquoi should be back on the field next week.
"He's progressing," Shurmur said. "He's been on the jugs machine and staying in it mentally."
Shurmur said the injury is to the bone in his left foot.
Lauvao to Start?: Shurmur said the plan was for OL Shawn Lauvao to be the team's starting right guard.
"He's having a terrific camp," Shurmur said. "We wanted him to come into camp and be our right guard and he's done a good job."
Lauvao is getting good competition in practice as he goes up against 338-pound Phil Taylor.
"It's a good battle with Shawn and Phil," Shurmur said.
Lauvao and Tony Pashos were able to knock Taylor around on a couple of plays during Monday's practice.
Shurmur on Benard: DE Marcus Benard, who is making the conversion from LB came in heavier than what the Browns wanted and Shurmur said that he needs to improve his conditioning.
"He has a long way to do physically," Shurmur said. "He needs to get in better playing shape."
In the 4-3 defense, the defensive ends are generally smaller, more finesse players and Benard is trying to make the adjustment after being one of the best rushers for the Browns last year.
Benard said he felt fine physically and was able to hold up in drills.