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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson hasn’t made an official decision about his starting quarterback yet, but he seems to be closing in on one.

After Robert Griffin III delivered a solid scrimmage performance for the second straight day during an afternoon, non-contact workout at Ohio Stadium, the depth chart appears to be taking shape. But Jackson isn’t ready to make a definitive call quite yet.

“Oh, I’m close, very close,” Jackson said Saturday. “We’ll know here pretty soon exactly what we’re doing. I’m going to go back and talk to the people that I trust, that I spend a lot of time with making these kinds of decisions, and we’ll move forward.”

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GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Robert Griffin III‘s first preseason play with the Cleveland Browns was a 49-yard completion down the sideline.

That play was the highlight of two series in which Griffin completed 4 of 8 passes for 67 yards — with one interception at the goal line.

Griffin’s first drive in the 17-11 loss was his best. Facing mainly Green Bay Packers starters, Griffin completed passes of 49 yards to Terrelle Pryor, 7 yards to Gary Barnidge and 8 yards to Pryor to convert a third down.

It was a great play by TP,” Griffin said of the pass to Pryor. “He tracked the ball down and has been doing that all offseason and all of training camp. He made a play for us. We are going to need those kind of plays to win games.”

Two plays later, Griffin tried to hit Barnidge down the middle of the field. Griffin threw as if Barnidge would take his route inside, but Barnidge kept running down the field.

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BEREA, Ohio — The man wearing No. 2 for the Browns this training camp is small in stature and is competing for a starting job. You’ve heard that before. This year, though, that man is a kicker, his name is Patrick Murray, he’s coming back from a torn ACL and his first sports love is a different kind of football: Gaelic football.

Murray, like his mother, Linda, was born in New Jersey. The 25-year-old though isn’t shy about his affection for where his father, Aidan, was born.

“Ireland’s home,” Murray said. “Ireland’s home for me.”

It’s in Ireland where Murray can trace his family’s roots in a game that most Americans would find unfamiliar. It’s a difficult sport to describe. Saying it is some combination of American football, soccer and rugby doesn’t nearly do it justice.

“The game is unique, to say the least,” Murray said.

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BEREA, Ohio — Tell anyone who knows Browns middle linebacker Demario Davis that he’s teaching himself to play the piano and you’ll get the same reaction.

“That’s Demario,” Steve Roberts, his coach for four of his five years in college said. “He may learn to play the piano his own way for a while, but that’s a neat deal.”

“It doesn’t surprise me…” said Davis’ friend and mentor Chuck McElroy. “…the fact that he would take up the piano doesn’t surprise me at all.”

That’s the Demario they know now, though. That’s not the Demario they knew when he first got to Arkansas State — the Demario who found himself sitting in a jail cell 400 miles from home, wondering if his football career was over.

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Linebacker Paul Kruger is out of a job, and he’s not happy with the Cleveland Browns‘ decision.

The team announced that it had terminated the contracts of Kruger and quarterback Austin Davis on Monday as part of its roster cutdown.

Kruger, 30, who received a five-year, $40 million contract in 2013, had 11 sacks in 2014 but only 2.5 last season. He issued a statement Monday, thanking the Browns organization and its “relentless fans.”

“My experience has been amazing and I will miss wearing a Browns #99,” he also wrote. “Although completely miss handled, unfortunate and absolutely the wrong decision to release me I do wish the Browns and especially my teammate brothers great success.”

Though Kruger’s numbers last season were affected by his move from the weak side to the strong side, the new Browns regime simply felt that the team wasn’t getting the production it needed from him. In the preseason, he was not what the team hoped, and the new coaching staff was looking at reducing his role in favor of younger players.

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TAMPA — Corey Coleman shined in the Browns’ team scrimmage earlier this month, decease offering onlookers gathered in Berea at the team’s facility glimpses of potential things to come this season.

Now, mind the rookie wide receiver looks set to make a much-anticipated and long-awaited NFL debut Friday here following the second joint practice between the Browns and Buccaneers.

“I think I’ll be a little nervous,” Coleman said Wednesday, “but once I step out there I think I’ll be fine.”

Indeed, the bright lights of the big stage don’t seem to intimidate the first-round draft pick from Baylor. Coleman had been having an impressive training camp before a hamstring injury sidelined him for Cleveland’s first two preseason games.

But thanks to a careful and measured recovery process, Coleman said he’s healthy and eager to return to the field.  “I feel really good,” he said. “We took it slow easing me back in but now I’m full-speed, full-go.”

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Robert Griffin III admitted Wednesday he can’t always predict Hue Jackson’s reactions to the throws he completes in practice. Sometimes there’s a yell. Other times, symptoms measured silence.

“You can throw a check down and Coach will just go berserk. You throw an 80-yard bomb, and he’s just like, ‘Next play guys. Next play,’” Griffin said. “It’s just all about understanding the process.”

One throw in particular excited Jackson during the team’s second joint practice with the Buccaneers, and it didn’t exactly contain any highlight-reel moments. Instead, it was Griffin completing a pass to tight end Randall Telfer in a red-zone drill during the second half of practice. What Jackson enjoyed was Griffin going through his progressions and making the kind of read necessary to succeed in the NFL.

Deep balls down the sidelines make for some fun moments, but the Browns offense will need to move the chains in so many more ways throughout the season.

“We play progression football,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, we’re not a team that just flips the ball up anywhere. There is a reason we do what we do on every play, and as long as our quarterbacks are progressing, I get very excited because you can always call another play. If you give the ball to the other team, you can’t call another play. We have to continue to stress taking care of the ball in scoring zone situations if we’re going to be a winning offense.”

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