BEREA — The revolving door at quarterback has hamstrung coach Hue Jackson as he tries to implement his offensive system.
“I don’t even think we have played our offense yet to be really honest with everybody,” he said Thursday. “I don’t know that we have truly had one snap of the offense that I envision for our football team because we have been playing with different quarterbacks as we have gone through this.
“From week to week, we have had to do what we have had to do to put an offense out there. I don’t think we have even come close to the offense that I want us to be. Hopefully, in the future as we get some continuity here and some people can stay healthy and we get some people back, we can start being what I envision us being on offense.”
A sign that Jackson feels comfortable with the personnel is if he goes with a no-huddle attack.
“We are a team that doesn’t huddle,” he said. “Because I think it gives us an advantage. I think it puts the defense on their heels a little bit and makes the defensive coordinator play in a different style and a different fashion, but we haven’t been able to do that thus far.”
The Browns rank fourth in rushing (144.7 yards per game), 25th passing (223.7) and 16th overall (36.8.3) and are tied for 26th in scoring with 18.0 points per game.
Robert Griffin III opened the season at quarterback but broke a bone in his left shoulder. Josh McCown started Week 2 and suffered a broken left collarbone. Rookie Cody Kessler will make his second straight start Sunday in Washington.
Jackson has also been without rookie receiver Corey Coleman, who broke his right hand last week in practice, and center Cameron Erving, who suffered a bruised lung in the second game.
“When you are changing so much, it is easier to do a few things and try to do those things well as opposed to doing a whole bunch of things,” Jackson said. “Hopefully here soon, we will get to be who we can be as we move forward.”
Jackson has shown some of the diversity in his scheme by using receiver Terrelle Pryor as a dual-threat wildcat quarterback. Pryor said that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“There’s a lot more stuff to Hue’s offense, and I know he’s excited to get there some day soon,” he said.
CENTER OF ATTENTION
The Browns could turn to Austin Reiter (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) as their third center in three games Sunday against Washington.
Jackson hasn’t announced his starting line but may bench Alvin Bailey after he was charged with OVI on Monday. Bailey started at right guard last week against Miami. His court appearance scheduled for Thursday was pushed to next week.
John Greco started the season at right guard but moved to center following Erving’s injury. He would move back to right guard, with Reiter entering the lineup.
“We could do a lot of different things as we get down to the end of the week,” Jackson said. “(Reiter) has done a good job since he has been here.”
Greco said he played guard in practice Thursday.
“I’m ready to play no matter where they need me,” he said.
Reiter was a seventh-round pick of Washington out of South Florida in 2015. He spent most of last season on Washington’s practice squad and was there again when the Browns signed him Sept. 20 after Erving was hurt.
“The guys have really helped me here,” Reiter said. “If I get that opportunity, I know I’m ready.”
He’s eager to see his first NFL action.
“I’m itching,” he said.
Kicker Cody Parkey said he’s grateful for the support of Jackson and the organization following his awful debut. They kept him on the roster after he missed three of six field goals Sunday in the overtime loss to Miami, including what would’ve been the winner at the end of regulation.
“It’s awesome. It’s an incredible organization,” he said. “I haven’t even been here a week yet, but I can tell this team’s going up. It’s really, really cool how all these guys backed me and Coach especially.”
Parkey, 24, was signed Saturday morning after Patrick Murray hurt his knee Friday in practice. Parkey only worked with snapper Charley Hughlett and holder Britton Colquitt in pregame and the timing was off as he pulled all three misses left.
“Every snapper and holder have their own rhythm,” Parkey said. “Everybody’s used to something different. But these last couple days, I’ve been getting used to their rhythm and they’ve been helping me out as well. It’s just been good to get in sync and get in a rhythm.”
Rookie tight end Seth DeValve left practice with a knee injury. His left knee was wrapped and he used a crutch afterward in the locker room. DeValve, a fourth-round pick, doesn’t have a catch in limited action in three games.
Safety Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring) returned to practice in a limited capacity after missing more than a week. Running back Isaiah Crowell (knee) was a full participant after being limited Wednesday.
Washington receiver DeSean Jackson (knee/ankle) was limited but is expected to play. Left tackle Trent Williams (knee) was added to the injury report and was limited. Cornerback Josh Norman missed practice with an illness but is expected to play.
The Browns are 0-3, but Jackson piled on the praise.
“I have never been more proud and happy with a group because they just come back in, they get out of their car, go in the building and they go to work,” he said. “We are not perfect, and we all know that, but I have never been around a group that works like they do and fights like they do and don’t worry about all the other things that are surrounding our team — injuries, this, that and the other.”
Quarterback Alex Tanney chose to remain on Tennessee’s practice squad last week rather than sign to Cleveland’s active roster. The Titans gave him a raise from $6,900 a week to almost $31,000 a week, according to ESPN.com. Tanney was with the Browns in 2013 but didn’t play. He’s most famous for a trick-shot video of him throwing the ball. The Browns signed veteran Charlie Whitehurst instead.
Pryor grew up in western Pennsylvania and got to spend time with golfing legend Arnold Palmer, who died Sunday. “He was friendly, down-to-earth,” Pryor said. “Was a great guy.”
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