Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.
More takeaways from Day 12 of Browns training camp …
1. Angry Hue: Hue Jackson was in a surly mood after practice. He opened his interview session this way: “You guys in a good mood? Cuz I’m not, so let’s get this over with as fast as we can.” It was over in 93 seconds. The first practice after the first preseason game was less-than-satisfying for Jackson. Myles Garrett jumped offsides against Joe Thomas, and was removed from the next rep. Later, when left guard Joel Bitonio jumped before the snap, Jackson ordered him to take a lap around the practice fields. We haven’t seen a coach do that since Eric Mangini was in charge. “We can’t do that. We can’t hurt our team. We have to do that better,” Jackson said. The fact the Browns committed 12 penalties in the preseason opener must have had a lot to do with Jackson’s ire. Then there were the interceptions. Brock Osweiler threw two (by safety Derrick Kindred and safety Darius Hillary) and DeShone Kizer tossed one (safety J.D. Harmon). “Pissed me off,” Jackson groused. “I know those things happen, but just like any coach, I don’t want interceptions. I want our defense to get them, but I don’t want the quarterbacks to throw them.”
2. Quarterback rotation: There was a subtle change in the distribution of reps in the quarterback competition. Yes, Osweiler remained No. 1. Yes, Cody Kessler remained No. 2. But the change was Kizer, third in the rotation, resuming reps with the No. 1 offensive line on his turn. This is the way Jackson did it when Kessler was with the first team, but Kizer did not take No. 1 reps last week when Osweiler was promoted. So, this could be a tip-off that Jackson will play Kizer second, after Osweiler, in the second preseason game Aug. 21 against the New York Giants. Jackson is not ready to make any comments about that game yet. “We’re back in training camp mode practicing. It’s too early to name a quarterback,” he said.
3. Brownie bits: Garrett may have jumped offsides, but otherwise he had another outstanding practice. I counted two sacks – one v. rookie Rod Johnson and another when he flew past a tight end lined up next to Cam Erving. Another time Garrett broke inside and beat Bitonio, but Osweiler just got the ball away … Tight end David Njoku (back) and defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (broken finger) returned to practice, but were held out of team drills … Cornerback Jamar Taylor had a day off. He was replaced on the first team by Jason McCourty.
4. Quarterback update: From ESPN Cleveland's Jason Gibbs, the completion numbers in team drills: Kessler, 6 of 9, 73 of 110; Osweiler, 8 of 14, 101 of 168 overall; Kizer, 4 of 7, 65 of 116 overall; Kevin Hogan, 6 of 8, 29 of 48 overall.