BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Saturday’s Orange and Brown scrimmage at Ohio Stadium will resemble a regular practice more than an actual scrimmage.
Head coach Hue Jackson plans to do that the night before in Berea.
Jackson referred to Saturday as a “mock game” where the team will go through the pre-game routine, kickoff, quarters and halftime, but there won’t be live hitting and tackling.
“Friday night will be the night that we kind of get after it here within our facilities and go practice and really have a scrimmage-type setting,” Jackson explained following Monday’s practice. “Saturday is more about having a mock game, preparing for next Friday’s game. We’ll do all the different situations, kickoff, kickoff return, how we come out of the locker room and prepare for a game, the pregame, all that.”
Jackson will have his team in pads for live 11-on-11 work Friday evening from 6:00-8:30.
“Friday night we’re going to scrimmage,” Jackson said. “We’re going to put the ball down and play. It’d be like the siren’s going the whole time.
“It’ll be full tackling. One’s versus whoever I decide to put up against them.”
Jackson has cut practice short the last 2 days with the team in pads in an effort to avoid major injuries.
“I kind of know when we’re at that point where it’s getting a little too much, and then you back off a little bit,” Jackson said. “I think that’s a feel thing. I have some very good advisers with our strength staff and our sports science staff who I trust and I feel really good about the information given to me.
“We’re a collaborative group, work together and make sure our team stays as healthy as we can.”
Ocho Coacho – Chad Johnson was not in Berea Monday working with receivers. Johnson is working on other things according to Jackson and won’t be around every day during camp as he tests the coaching waters.
“I wanted him to see what this [coaching] was going to be like,” Jackson said. “I knew at some time Chad had to do what Chad had to do. I think his time here was very beneficial because guys were able to ask him questions about playing in the National Football League. It was good for me, but at the same time I think he found out this business is rough.
“There’s a lot of hours that we keep and I don’t think Chad’s used to that. He could possibly come back from time to time.”
Sharing The Load – The Browns have run seven 11-on-11 sessions through the first two padded practices – 3 have come after the siren. Here’s an unofficial breakdown of the play distribution between pass-run as well as pass attempts by quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown.
Monday: 39 plays, 22 pass attempts – RG3 6, McCown 9
Sunday: 40 plays, 26 pass attempts – RG3 9, McCown 4
Roster Moves – The Browns signed a pair of undrafted rookies – linebacker Jason Neill and offensive lineman Corey Tucker and waived defensive lineman Dylan Wynn, offensive lineman Conor Boffelli and linebacker Jackson Jeffcoat. Wynn sustained an ankle injury Sunday, Boffelli was recovering from a knee/ankle injury while Jeffcoat had been out with a hamstring and the team reached an injury settlement with him.
Injury Report – WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps), CB Joe Haden (ankle), RG John Greco (knee), TE Seth DeValve (knee), CB Trey Caldwell (hamstring), FB Malcolm Johnson (concussion) and FB Patric Skov (lower left leg) did not practice.
LT Joe Thomas, TE Gary Barnidge, CB Tramon Williams and OLB Paul Kruger were given a veteran day off.
Up Next – Practice Tuesday 3:00-5:30 p.m. Gates open at 2.