Hue Jackson gives players early break from minicamp

Browns’ coach says tough decisions await in training camp

Daryl Ruiter
June 13, 2018 - 6:03 pm
Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson walks away from the team after the completion of minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility.

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Summer vacation is about to start a little earlier for Browns players Thursday.

Following a productive 2 days of work, head coach Hue Jackson cancelled Thursday’s scheduled practice to wrap up the 3-day mandatory minicamp. Instead, players will go through their regularly scheduled meetings Thursday morning before being dismissed for summer break.

“I feel good about where we are,” Jackson said. “I feel good about everything that we have done up until this point. Obviously, it has nothing to do yet, but we got a start. That is all you can ask for. Our guys have done that. Now, they have got to get away from here and train like a son of a gun to get themselves ready to go when we come back for training camp to have a chance to earn a right to be on this football team.”

While it is only June and everyone in the NFL feels good about their football team, there is a noticeable difference in Berea with the Browns.

Practices are cleaner, the pace smoother and players are standing out as they make plays during team 11-on-11 work, something that had been rare the previous 2 years meaning that when cuts come during training camp, there may be some surprises.

“There are a lot of good football players out there,” Jackson said. “We are going to have some tough decisions as we go through training camp. That is a part of it. At the same time, I like the makeup of the team. There is talent at a lot of different positions. That talent has to play well every week to give us a chance to win.”

With that in mind Jackson has already begun studying film from their first 3 opponents this season - Pittsburgh, New Orleans and the New York Jets.

"We have looked at the first three teams that we play because I think that is important," Jackson said. "You have to have an idea. When you go away for vacation, the mind starts spinning. You have to be ready for that because that is going to be upon us here pretty quickly.”

Family business – JW Johnson, the son-in-law of Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, is slated to join the team in an official capacity as executive vice president in July a source confirmed to 92.3 The Fan.

Johnson had become more involved with the team over the last 12-18 months, but he did not have an official title until now.

CBS Sports NFL insider Jason LaCanfora first reported that Johnson will join the front office.

The formal addition of Johnson, who has a background in marketing and television, including working for Dee Haslam’s RIVR Media, is another step in the Haslam’s desire to turn the franchise into the new family business.

Waiver claim – The Browns claimed linebacker Brady Sheldon off waivers from Oakland and placed defensive back Howard Wilson, who underwent knee surgery to repair a left patellar tendon tear, on injured reserve.

Injury report – Emmanuel Ogbah (foot), Mychal Kendricks (ankle), Antonio Callaway (groin), EJ Gaines (undisclosed), Jamie Collins (knee) and Duke Johnson (hamstring) worked on the side with trainers.

"We will get them all back, get to training camp and keep working on our football team," Jackson said. 

Jackson added that fullback Danny Vitale, who left Tuesday’s practice with an apparent leg injury, should be fine.

"We got through it without any major injuries, and I think that is the most important thing," Jackson said.