BEREA--Hue Jackson is impressed with what he's seen thus far in his first practices with the Browns.
"Having a chance to be on the field and test that a little bit. the guys are working extremely hard and doing everything we've asked them to do," Jackson said after his first chance to be on the field with the team. "That part is exciting. It's only one practice but I truly enjoy the enthusiasm and camaraderie of the players and their focus."
Jackson knows there's a lot to be covered with installing a new system, while evaluating the current roster of players.
"We understand it's one day and we have to keep our heads down and keep grinding at this thing because we have a long way to go and a lot to do, but it was
it was good to get out on the field on the grass and truly evaluate our team on the field in a different setting and to truly today is what we do is play football."
Since Jackson is a new head coach for the Browns, the team gets an extra minicamp. He said he just wants the team to continue to grow and improve.
"I think what's most important is our guys just have to keep working and doing everything they can to be prepared because this is just another evaluation process for our guys."
Jackson summed up what his goal for this first minicamp is.
"Improvement," he said. "Keep putting good days together, because that's what it's all about. It's about getting better every time we're in the weight room, the classroom and when we get on the field. We had a starting point in the weight room and we're getting better. We had a starting point in the class room and we're getting better. We had one practice today and hopefully, we just want to keep stacking days together getting better."
Erving Ready: OL Cameron Erving said he's been working very hard in the off-season to validate his first-round draft status of a year ago. Erving was asked Tuesday what he's worked most on.
“Just lifting and working with the offensive line coach where I was training," Erving said. "Just getting better technically and fundamentally.”
Erving thinks he learned valuable lessons in his rookie year.
“It was just a really good learning experience for me," he said. "I was put in situations where I was very unsure, but it helped me learn and helped me get to a point where I can process things a little bit faster.”
Erving was asked what he wants to be his trademark to be.
“I’ve always been a hard-nosed player," he said. "I always like playing hard and physical. I want to continue to bring that to the table, but I have to be more under control, better technique. I just want to be a nasty player. That’s what I’ve always wanted to be, and that’s how I’ve always played. I’ve always played hard. No matter what the outcome may have been on that play you can’t say I wasn’t playing hard. I don’t care what it was.”
RGIII's First: QB Robert Griffin III first pass in team drills was tipped and intercepted by LB Scott Solomon. QB Josh McCown and Griffin III took snaps with the first team.
Terrelle a WR: Terrelle Pryor is listed only as a wide receiver on the team's official roster handed out. Since Pryor was at quarterback under Hue Jackson at Oakland, there has been some speculation that he would be used at quarterback, as well. Pryor also switched his jersey number with WR Darius Jennings from 17 to 11.
Bike Brigade: DB Joe Haden (ankle), DB Don Jones and WR Brian Hartline were on the stationary bikes during practice.
Trying Out: The Browns have four players in minicamp as tryout players: OL James Brewer, WR Saalim Hakim, DB Dax Swanson and WR Cam Worthy. All four have previously been with other NFL teams. Brewer was with the Jets, Hakim (Chiefs), Swanson (Dolphins) and Worthy (Ravens).
By the Numbers: New numbers for some of the Browns players are: QB Robert Griffin III (10), WR Terrelle Pryor (11), WR Darius Jennings (17), DB Rahim Moore (20), DB Ibraheim Campbell (24), LB Justin Tuggle (52), DL Danny Shelton (55), LB Demario Davis (56), OL Alvin Bailey (78), TE Chase Ford (87) and LB Jefferson Jeffcoat (91).
It's a Boy: Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas missed practice due to his wife giving birth to a baby boy according to Jackson. It was the Thomas' third child and first boy.