Berea—D'Qwell Jackson says it's time for the Browns to make their move—especially the defense.
"This year we have a lot of TV games," Jackson said. "We have a chance to show the whole world what we can do. Last year, we were 10-6 and the offense did great, but we have a defense, too."
Jackson enters his third season with the Browns after leading the defense in tackles with 114. The 6-0, 240 pound inside linebacker from Maryland is expected to have more chances this year with a revamped defensive line in front of him.
"It always helps to be able to hide behind 92 and 99," Jackson said. "I don't expect those guys to keep me clean all the time, but when they do, I have to make plays."
Jackson was referring to the two new faces added during the off-season in trades in Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams.
"When I heard about the trades, I was so excited," Jackson said. "I knew we would be better against stopping the run."
Romeo Crennel likes the progress he's seen in Jackson.
"He's a very instinctive football player," Crennel said. "That showed up in college and it has at this level. He's made good progress."
Jackson said he's confident the Browns will be able to stop the run in 2008.
"We had trouble with the run," Jackson said. "We know what to do to correct those things."
Jackson has started 13 games in both of his years with the Browns. He was slowed with injuries each year. His counterpart, Andra Davis also missed some time with injuries.
"Injuries took their toll, but now we have depth," he said. "I'm excited to have another year under my belt. We want to be dominant on defense."
Jackson thinks he can step up this year and be a big part of the defense. Despite leading the team in tackles, he isn't often in the spot light.
"I put more expectations on myself than anybody does," Jackson said. "I think we're ready to make a run, not only in the regular season, but deep into the postseason."
Jackson said he's a little bigger than in the past. However, even at 240 pounds he is often going up against 300 pound plus offensive lineman.
"At 240, I'm still able to run around out there," he said. "If I'm much more, I couldn't move as fast as I need to."
Crennel says Jackson knows how to use his quickness on the field.
"He's a good football player," Crennel said. "He learns to handle the bigger guys with leverage. You have to have a knack to know when to make a move or when to take on the player."
DA, Braylon Show: It appears QB Derek Anderson and WR Braylon Edwards are definitely getting on the same page. The duo hooked up at Cleveland Browns Stadium for a couple big plays last Friday night. They were back at it Monday morning at the conclusion of practice as Anderson hit Edwards for a touchdown twice
"It's fun to hit the long one," Anderson said. "With (Braylon's) ability to make plays, it's fun."
Edwards raced by A.J. Davis to haul in the first one. Moments later, he split Davis and Nick Sorenson for the second score.
"He and I are on the same page," he said. "He understands what I'm thinking out there."
Green Meat: The players are looking forward to taking on someone in different colored jerseys and look forward to playing the Jets at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Thursday night.
"We're ready to hit somebody different," Mike Adams said.
"We're kind of sick of beating each other up," Anderson said.
Williams, Kasper Back: DL Corey Williams and WR Kevin Kasper were back on the practice field Monday morning. WR/KR Joshua Cribbs and DB Gary Baxter were held out, as was TE Kellen Winslow (hamstring). FB Lawrence Vickers (hamstring) and TE Steve Heiden (back) are making progress, but will most likely not play against the Jets on Thursday