Cleveland Browns prepare for more cuts: ‘We can’t keep them all’

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Head coach Hue Jackson talks with quarterback Cody Kessler #5 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bears defeated the Browns 21-7. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND– Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson fielded questions from members of the media Friday afternoon.

On Thursday night, the Browns fell to the Chicago Bears, 21-7. They also lost the previous preseason games against the Packers, Falcons and Buccaneers.

Jackson said the personnel staff was busy holding meetings and evaluating players Friday as they prepare to make their final cuts. He even said the team could be active when the waiver wire opens.

“We’ve got to tell a lot of young men, that while they’ve done their best, they won’t get a chance to be a part of the team,” Jackson said. Cleveland has to whittle down the wide receiving corps, which includes veterans Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel, and several rookies.

“I think we all know we can’t keep them all.”

Jackson added he’s not worried about rookie wideout and first-round draft pick Corey Coleman. The former Baylor Bear isn’t the first young player to line up in the wrong spot and those mistakes will happened, the head coach said.

The regular season starts for the Browns when they play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sept. 11.

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We’re waiting for coach to get on the line.

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Coach Hue Jackson says they’ve had some productive meetings today. He says the players have been working very hard and he understands the challenges ahead.

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They are finalizing the roster over the next couple days. “We’ve got to tell a lot of young men that while they’ve done their best, they won’t get a chance to be a part of the team.”

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Jackson says he wished there was a better result in the preseason games, but the focus now shifts to the Eagles.

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Jackson says the team is pretty healthy. They have made roster moves today, but that announcement will go out later.

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On talk with Joe Haden and Joe Thomas: “They are the leaders of the team.” Jackson says they have to take responsibility. 

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The head coach says there isn’t one particular area of the team that’s improved more than others. “We’re still working on tails off to sure up anything and everything.”

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Jackson says Corey Coleman isn’t the first young player to line up in the wrong spot, those mistakes happen. “He’s been outstanding in lining up and learning what to do.”

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“We don’t want to get stupid penalties as we all know,” Jackson says. He’s emphasizing playing smart football and controlling the things they can control.

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Head coach Hue Jackson says Danny Shelton has learned a lot, adds he believes Shelton can play three downs. “He’s going to get the opportunity to write his own script for the 2016 season.”

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“I think we’ll do whatever it takes to win football games,” Jackson says about playing in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

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On the young wide receivers: “There’s a reason why we drafted them. We think they can be great players.” They are still making final roster decisions.

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“I think we all know we can’t keep them all,” Jackson says about the rookie and veteran wideouts.

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The team could be very active when the waiver wire opens, Jackson says.

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Hue Jackson says Justin Gilbert is getting better and will be evaluated.