BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – The trade of punter Andy Lee Monday afternoon caught everyone’s attention – especially after the effort, or lack of – from Lee Friday night at Tampa Bay.
Lee drew the ire of Jackson after he didn’t even try to catch Buccaneers returner Adam Humphries as he sprinted down the sideline for a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown.
On Tuesday, Jackson denied that Lee’s Roger Dorn impression had anything to do with the trade of him to Carolina for a 2018 fourth round pick and punter Kasey Redfern.
“No, that had nothing to do with it. Not at all,” Jackson said. “Obviously we saw an opportunity to better our situation here for the future. I totally support our team as far as making those decisions.
“It’s probably unheard of to get a fourth round pick in that situation for a good player…I’m sure he’ll help that football team but there’s also some punters out there that we like.”
After the score and Lee’s arrival on the sidelines, Jackson gave him an earful.
“Obviously I was disappointed in what happened at that time and I told him so,” Jackson said. “That had nothing to do with the decision we made [Monday].”
Sleep On It – Jackson still hasn’t decided how long he will play his starters against the Bears Thursday night.
“They’re going to play obviously but I haven’t thought through exactly how much but they’re definitely going to play,” Jackson said.
“That includes anybody that’s a starter on our team. We’re going to let them play and we’ll get them out of there soon enough but they need to play.”
Jackson’s decision was received well by rookie receiver Corey Coleman who made his debut against the Buccaneers.
“I think it’s a good idea [to] get me some extra reps because [I] haven’t played in the first two preseason games and I wanna play too so I’m excited to see how much I’ll play but I’m just excited to be out there,” Coleman said.
Meant To Be – Receiver Josh Gordon gave everyone a glimpse at what the Browns have missed for 20 months Friday night with his 2 catches.
“It definitely did send a spark to me and help me remember some things,” Gordon said. “Have that sense of nostalgia of, this is where I belong, this is where I need to be, this stage was meant for me to play on. That’s what I’m meant to do. Just doing it consistently and being here for this team, that’s really where it starts at and that’s what I want to do.”
Gordon beat Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes for both footballs – a 44 yarder up the sideline on the third offensive play of the game and a 43-yard touchdown.
“What I have learned is that he is a really good football player that can do a lot of different things,” Jackson said. “He is just another tool that we will add to our arsenal once we get him back. We will continue to keep growing him. I think you guys all know what he is. I do now.”
Gordon will play Thursday night and he completed his final full practice Tuesday before his suspension kicks in Saturday aft 4 p.m. when teams trim rosters to the league-mandated 53. At least this time, he will be permitted around the team – just not at practice or games.
“It’s really a great opportunity,” Gordon said. “Just for having access to the facility, being around the people, still being able to go to meetings and interact with your teammates, still pick up on the knowledge and the installation for the game plan definitely helps. As opposed to being out, you’re kind of just in the wind with it. Staying in shape, that’s a major key. So I’m definitely grateful for that. Definitely.”
After this season Gordon is scheduled to be a restricted free agent in 2017.
“Given the opportunity, I would love to come back to Cleveland,” Gordon said. “Definitely. For sure.”
Punter Competition Begins – The Browns signed punter Michael Palardy, who will compete with Redfern.
To make room for Palardy, who was originally signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2014, the team waived safety Tim Scott.
Palardy has spent time with the Raiders, Rams, Panthers, Ravens and Colts. During the 2016 preseason, he has three punts for 137 yards and a 45.7 average.
Injury Report – CB Justin Gilbert (concussion), Tracy Howard (unknown), CB Tramon Williams (toe), RB Raheem Mostert (hamstring), WR Marlon Moore (hip)