Hue on Wentz: "We went another direction"

Hue Jackson said he's not concerned with what the Eagles are doing in starting Carson Wentz, but is more concerned with what the Browns are doing.

BEREA,Ohio--Hue Jackson didn't have a whole lot to say when he was told that Carson Wentz was announced as the starting quarterback to face the Browns this week.

"I didn't even know that," Jackson said. "And honestly, it's really not about Philadelphia. It's really about our football team. They are going to do what they do and we have to do what we have to do. We're just trying to get better and get ready to play in a big game on Sunday."

To add drama to this week's game, the Browns traded the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Eagles so they could select Wentz. The Browns decided they didn't think Wentz was the quarterback they wanted to build their team around and the Eagles did. 

Jackson was asked what the thinking was in not drafting Wentz and trading the pick to Philadelphia.

"We went another direction," he said. 

Wentz injured his ribs in the preseason in the first game and was 12-of-24 for 89 yards, including an interception in the red zone. The Eagles traded their starting quarterback, Sam Bradford to the Vikings last week.

Jackson said he doesn't look at it like the defense has to just prepare for Wentz and the limited amount of film on him from the preseason.

“I don’t look at it like that," he said. "I’m sure me and (defensive coordinator) Ray (Horton) will discuss what we need to do, but at the same time, I’m more worried about our football team. I’m not so much worried about Philadelphia. They have a good team. They have a good defense. I know that for sure.

"They have good players on offense, and Carson is a very talented young man, but at the same time, it is not going to be about them," he said. "It is going to be about us. It is about our focus and our preparation and how we go through our process during the week to get ready to play.”

 Extra Points

Browns Complete Practice Squad: The Browns have signed RB Terrell Watson, DB Trey Caldwell, P Michael Palardy, OL Anthony Fabiano, QB Kevin Hogan, DB Ed Reynolds and DL Gabe Wright to the practice squad. The Browns already have announced TE Connor Hamlett, WR Darius Jennings and OL Dan France to the practice squad. They can have up to 10 players on the squad. OL Kaleb Johnson was on the practice squad but released when the last three were added.

 Fabiano (6-3, 303) is a rookie out of Harvard. Originally signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent, he was waived on Aug. 29. He opened 29 games for the Crimson with starts at left tackle (11), right guard (10), left guard (seven) and right tackle (one).

Hogan 6-3, 218) is a rookie out of Stanford. He was originally selected by Kansas City in the fifth round of the draft. In college, Hogan completed 727 of 1,103 passes for 9,385 yards, 75 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,249 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Reynolds (6-1, 207) is  officially in his second NFL season out of Stanford. Originally selected by Philadelphia in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, he appeared in six games last year and totaled 21 tackles, one pass defended and one interception.

Wright (6-2, 284) is officially in his second NFL season out of Auburn. Originally selected by Detroit in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, he appeared in seven games last year and totaled six tackles.

Burley Out: The only player not practicing on the 53 man roster was recently signed DB Marcus Burley (hamstring), who was waived-injured by the Seahawks. 

New Numbers: QB Cody Kessler changed his number from 5 to 6. Other new numbers are: P Britton Colquitt (4), DB Brian Boddy-Calhoun (20), RB George Atkinson III (25), DB Marcus Burley (26), LB Corey Lemonier (52), DL Tyrone Holmes (91) and DL Stephen Paea (99).


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