Hard Knock Life: Browns camp - Day 1 news and notes

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson hugs Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) after the game at FirstEnergy Stadium.
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By 92.3 The Fan
Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns plan to take a look at former Bengals cornerback Adam Pacman Jones Friday.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson all but confirmed the workout following the first practice of training camp Thursday.

“As you guys know, John [Dorsey] and the personnel group are always trying to uncover talent and uncover guys that can play,” Jackson said. “Obviously, there is an opportunity to continue to look at guys so I am sure we will bring them in and take a peek at him.”

Jackson is familiar with Jones from the years he served on the Bengals coaching staff, 

On Wednesday, Dorsey hinted that he may seek additional depth at cornerback. 

"We’ll look at all options and talk and have free discussion about possibilities here," Dorsey said. "We have got two roster spots we can fill. The question is here do I want to use it at the receiver position for legs? Or the stress points of training camp we all know are receivers and corners. Do we add an additional corner? These are things you have in the discussions."

Jones, who has racked up 16 interceptions in 11 seasons and is 34 years old, comes with a lot of baggage including a history of problems off and on the field. He’s had numerous run-ins with law enforcement and has been fined and suspended by the league multiple times.

The Bengals declined to pick up the option on his contract in March.

Dorsey and the Browns spent the offseason rebuilding the secondary by trading for safety Damarious Randall, signing Terrance Mitchell and EJ Gaines and drafting Denzel Ward and Simeon Thomas.

Where's Corbett – Where Austin Corbett will play is one of a few mysteries that hopefully will be solved during training camp.

Future Hall of Fame left tackle Joe Thomas doesn’t feel Corbett, who was selected in the second round – 33rd overall in the draft, is an NFL tackle and is instead better suited to be a guard or center. He said as much in an interview with NFL.com’s Nick Shook earlier this week.

Jackson has yet to come to the same conclusion as Thomas, who made 10 straight Pro Bowls and played 10,363 consecutive snaps at the position.

“I think [Corbett] is an offensive lineman who has versatility that can play on the edge, can play inside and we’re going to find out where is going to be the best place to play him once we put these pads on [Saturday],” Jackson said.

“I don’t think we’ve given up on anything. I think it’s too soon. I think we need to get the pads on and watch guys compete and kind of go from there.”

Corbett spent time at left guard with the second-team offense and left tackle with the third-team offense on Thursday while Shon Coleman, as expected, took the left tackle reps with the first-team and Greg Robinson worked at left tackle with the second-team offense.

Dynamic duo – If you're wondering what the Browns offense is going to look like without Josh Gordon, here's a hint: Tyrod Taylor to Jarvis Landry.

The 2 hooked up on multiple occasions during 11-on-11, including on a beautiful deep ball down the sideline.

Landry and Taylor have been able to bond this offseason, helped in part thanks to workouts together, including in Los Angeles prior to camp.

"I think it’s more self-motivation than anything, but at the same time, we have a goal. We want to win games," Landry said. "Whether it’s running the ball or throwing the ball, we want to win games, and I think that’s the biggest thing for us.”

No fun – If Shon Coleman is going to win the starting left tackle job he's going to earn it.

Coleman has the unfortunate fate of trying to not only replace Joe Thomas but work against Myles Garrett.

“Going against Myles Garrett is not fun, but I thought he competed well,” Jackson said. “I thought he did some good things. I need to go back and watch the tape to be very honest with you, but I felt like he wasn’t a liability over there or anything like that. This is football in shorts right now. When the pads come on here this Saturday, we will find out a little bit more about our football team.”

Garrett, who had himself a pretty good day at the office Thursday and sometimes at Coleman's expense, is motivated to be stronger and nastier on the field this season after defensive line coach Clyde Simmons felt Garrett, who had 7 sacks in 11 games last season, got bullied at times as a rookie.

“Do I need to? No. But will I? Yeah,” Garrett said.

Don't be surprised to see Garrett moved around by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams either.

“You will see me everywhere, whether it is inside or outside. The only place you won’t see me is maybe safety,” Garrett said.

Lights, cameras, action – The Hard Knocks cameras were hard to miss on Day 1 of camp. A small army from NFL Films has descended upon Berea to bring NFL fans a behind the scenes look at the Browns as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Cameras and boom microphones followed coaches and players throughout practice, and especially after as they signed autographs for fans.

“They do their job, but we have a job to do. We are not going to let this be a distraction to our football team,” Jackson said.

At one point during practice linebacker Christian Kirksey had to have his microphone equipment adjusted by crew members.

The show premieres Tuesday, August 7th at 10 p.m. on HBO.

Just visiting – Former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey visited camp Thursday.

Mularkey spent a lot of time chatting with general manager John Dorsey and former left tackle and current radio analyst Doug Dieken.

Camp upgrades – The Browns put a lot of effort into upgrading the fan experience at training camp this year by adding more interactive exhibits – including life-size bobbleheads of Joe Thomas, Bernie Kozar, Lou Groza and Otto Graham – as well as seating.

The double-decked VIP tent was moved to the end zone in front of the Casey Coleman fieldhouse to make way for additional bleachers.

The Puppy Pound returns for the fourth straight year where fans can adopt a new 4-legged friend. 11 puppies were adopted Thursday and since the program’s launch in 2015, 234 puppies have found new homes.

Roster moves – The Browns placed offensive lineman Desmond Harrison (toe), defensive lineman Chad Thomas (hernia), safety Jabrill Peppers (groin) on active/physically unable to perform (PUP) Thursday.

Receiver Josh Gordon and fullback Marquez Williams were placed on reserve/did not report, defensive lineman Trenton Thompson (illness) on active/non-football injury/illness and receiver Ricardo Louis (neck) on injured reserve.

Injury report – Did not practice: OL Desmond Harrison (toe), S Jabrill Peppers (groin), DL Chad Thomas (hernia) and DL Trenton Thompson (illness).

TE Devon Cajuste (concussion), DL Caleb Brantley (cramps), DL Daniel Ekuale (calf), WR Damion Ratley (hip) and WR Derrick Willies (cramps) left practice early due to injury. Brantley and Ratley were both carted off the field.  

Linebackers Jamie Collins and Mychal Kendricks did not participate in 11-on-11 team drills.

Up next – Practice Friday from 3:00-5:55 p.m.