BEREA, Ohio--Emmanuel Ogbah was an end before he was an outside linebacker. Now, he's an end again.
With the season ending injury to Desmond Bryant, the Browns are taking a look at their second round pick from Oklahoma State at end. Ogbah was being used in the first practice of training camp at end, when he was utilized strictly as an outside linebacker before Bryant's injury.
“We’re going to try a little bit of everything," Jackson said after the first practice. "We’re going to put our best players out there on defense. Obviously, we are going to try him there. We’re going to put him back at outside linebacker. We’re just trying to find a lot of different combinations now that Des is going to be down to see if we can put our best guys out there. If he gives us something there, then it’s going to help our football team. We’re going to try anything and everything that we can to give guys opportunities that showcase their abilities and talents.”
Ogbah excelled as a defensive end in the a 4-3 defense in college and Jackson was asked the difference in the 3-4 defense.
"It’s still playing defensive end," he said. "The difference is you’re probably closer to the tight end, which he’s done some of that so I don’t think it’s really huge. I think the young man just wants to play. At the end of the day, he’s a big physical guy with a lot of gifted talent. We have some tremendous coaches so I think whatever we think his skillset will help our football team, that’s what we’re going to use.”
He said he wasn't used at end before Bryant's injury.
"He played outside linebacker during that time," he said. "We’re going to play him at defensive end some and take a good look at him. As you guys know, this time of the year is evaluation time for all of our football team. Now, you can do some of that. Move guys around and see what’s the best fit for our football team to help us win.”
Jackson said it has nothing to do with Ogbah not making the adjustment to outside linebacker.
“Oh no, I promise you that’s not what it is at all – at all," he said. "As a matter of fact, really it might give us some flexibility that way because he did do it all spring, that if he is playing defensive end there are some other packages that we give (defensive coordinator) Coach Ray Horton – the mad scientist that comes up with all this stuff – where we can drop Ogbah off from a lot of different places. I’m excited about the possibility. It’s early, the first day in camp. We’re just trying to get a feel for things that he can do to help our team.”
QB Update: QB Robert Griffin III took most all of the snaps with the first team on the first day of practice, while QB Josh McCown took the second team snaps. Jackson was asked the reasoning.
“I think we all recognize and understand that Josh is an older quarterback," Jackson said. "He’s done it for a while. I think the younger guys need to get the lion’s share. I don’t think Josh needs to take a ton of reps. I think he knows how to do it, what to do, and that’s one of the luxuries we have with the veteran presence that he has. We’ll just keep building the other guys up and give them opportunities. Again, today worked out that way. Tomorrow might work out a little bit different. It’s just how it goes sometimes.”
Greco on Side: OL John Greco, DB Joe Haden (ankle), TE Seth DeValve (hamstring), OL Conor Boffeli (knee/ankle) and LB Jackson Jeffcoat were on the stationary bikes as practice began. Haden and DeValve are on the PUP list, while Boffelli is on the non-football injury list along with WR Josh Gordon (quad).FB Malcolm Johnson and WR Marlon Moore both left the field with the trainers. Jackson said several players experienced cramping.
Jackson wouldn't specify what Greco's injury was, but thought he would return to practice soon.
“Hopefully soon," he said. "I’ve said before, guys that have little things here and there we’re going to do everything we can to take our time. Putting guys out here healthy and making sure guys can practice over a duration of time is important. I think we’ll be fine. I think he’s just working through some things and we’ll get him back out here soon.”
OL Austin Pasztor filled in at right guard for Greco and OL Alvin Bailey was at RT.
Jeffcoat to PUP: LB Jackson Jeffcoat was placed on Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Friday with a hamstring injury.