BEREA, Ohio-- Hue Jackson said he wants a physical team to compete in the AFC North and he feels the Browns are off to a good start.
Jackson likes the way the Browns responded to the physical nature of Tuesday's practice. It was by far the most physical and most spirited practice thus far in training camp.
When asked if he likes what he sees on the field in the fifth practice of training camp.
“I do. I do. I said this would be a physical camp and it has been," Jackson said. "I think our guys are getting better and getting the hang of it. There will be a time at some point where I think we’ve had enough of that, but I need to find out about our team and I’m finding out. I’m finding out some good things, and I’m finding out some things we need to improve. That’s just part of it right now.”
Jackson had the siren go off for full contact early in the practice and he says he thinks it set the tone for the physicality and intensity the rest of the day.
“I think it does," he said. "Obviously, I noticed we were a little dull so I wanted to get our football team going. That’s one way to do it. Just go play football. I think the guys appreciated it because the energy in practice started to change a little bit. When the offense is moving like that, that’s what I anticipate and what I expect, but I also expect our defense to slow us down, to get things stopped and make some plays.
"That’s just competition,"he said. "We’re competing amongst each other. Like I told both sides of the ball, we don’t play each other. There are some other teams we play so we need to be smart as we compete. At the same time, we have to run into each other a little bit to continue to get better.”
Erving Dinged: Projected starting center Cameron Erving appeared to injure his left elbow during 11-on-11 goal line situation. His arm was wrapped by the trainers, but later in practice it was taken off. However, he didn't return to practice.
Jackson said he didn't think it was serious.
“He’ll be fine," Jackson said. "I think he just got, I’ll call it a ding. I don’t think anything serious, but obviously, we’ll check it out and see where he is. I think he’ll be fine. He’s really important to what we’ve been doing on offense.”
OL Garth Gerhart replaced Erving with the first team in 11-on-11 situations with rookie OL Mike Matthews moving up to the second team.
Jackson was asked how Erving is doing.
“He’s been doing outstanding," he said. "I’ve been very, very impressed with Cam. We have a group up front led by (OL) Joe (Thomas) that’s starting to really grow and start to have an identity of what it takes to play in the National Football League. I think we’ll keep growing and keep pushing. They’ll follow the lead of Joe and (OL) Joel Bitonio and Cam. We have a chance to be a good offensive line.”
Hawk Grounded: WR Andrew Hawkins injured his hamstring during 7-on-7 drills and was forced to sit out the rest of practice.
“Yeah, these hamstrings this time of year," Jackson said. "It’s unfortunate, but I think he’ll be OK. I don’t know how bad it is, but it is a hamstring. We’ll handle that accordingly and get him back out there as soon as we can.”
Baylor Reunion: Former Baylor coach Art Briles was in attendance visiting with four of his former players who are on the Browns in WR Josh Gordon, WR Corey Coleman, OL Spencer Drango and QB Robert Griffin III.
RT Battle: Jackson said that veteran OL Alvin Bailey has not secured the right tackle position when asked. Bailey has been taking reps with the first team. Bailey is battling rookies Shon Coleman and Spencer Drango for the position.
Jackson wouldn't commit that either Coleman or Bailey is pushing for the job.
“I don’t know, I couldn’t tell you," he said. "Somebody is going to press everybody. We’re going to play the best guys. A lot of people don’t have anything locked up. I’m finding we’re mixing and matching and watching evaluating as we go. We all need to continue to get better. We’re in this thing to win. Period.”
Still Out: OL John Greco (hamstring), DB Joe Haden (ankle), WR Josh Gordon (quad), TE Seth DeValve (hamstring), DB Trey Caldwell (hamstring), FB Malcomb Johnson (concussion) and FB Patrick Skov (foot) did not practice.
Play of the Day: Rookie WR Corey Coleman caught a pass from QB Robert Griffin III in the live scrimmage around the 15 and put a good move on DB Jordan Poyer and LB Sean Baker and easily scored a touchdown.
Day Off: The Browns are off Wednesday before returning to practice Thursday afternoon. The only evening practice of camp will be Friday night when the Browns will have a live tackling scrimmage from 6-8:30 pm in Berea. The Browns are then off to Columbus to practice at Ohio Stadium from 3-5:30 pm on Saturday in the Orange and Brown Scrimmage.