Browns’ Jackson to miss camp with chest injury
“It’s nice to have the guys that we have with the experience that we have here,” Mangini said. “Eric Barton has started over 100 games through the course of his career, and Chris with his experience and David Bowens with this experience, Kaluka (Maiava) got some time last year as a young guy, right on down the line. I think it does help.”
On paper, Cleveland’s defense looks better than last year’s group, which finished ranked 31st overall, 28th against the run. Ryan and Mangini are optimistic that his defense will be vastly improved, but they won’t know for certain until the season kicks off.
Meanwhile, the Browns will miss more than Jackson’s tackling. One of the team’s most respected players, he impressed his teammates with a strong off-season of conditioning. Disappointed that the Browns would not sign him to a long-term contract, Jackson signed a one-year tender worth $1.76 million.
He was counting on big year to parlay into a big, free agent contract next winter. Now, he faces an uncertain future.
“He’s not thinking negative about it,” said safety Abram Elam, who spoke with Jackson on Wednesday. “He’s trying to bring some positive into it. He’s optimistic. Last year when we lost D'Qwell, we had to come together and it gave other guys opportunities. We have to do it again.”
Notes: Punter Dave Zastudil has returned to Ohio after visiting his knee surgeon in Colorado. Mangini said there are no immediate plans for Zastudil to have surgery. He had a torn patellar tendon repaired in his right (plant) leg in December after missing eight games in 2009. … Mangini plans to play QBs Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace one quarter each on Saturday. … CB Brandon McDonald practiced after missing two days with a tender ankle. … RT John St. Clair was carted off after cramping up during post-practice sprints in the swampy heat.