Hue Jackson to his '18 Browns: 'Winning starts today, starts right now'
Cleveland Plain Dealer | 6 days ago

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Browns' offseason program kicked off Monday with an inspirational speech by coach Hue Jackson to a sea of new faces including Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry and Carlos Hyde.

"How we doing' men?'' Jackson asked.

A collective "good'' went up in meeting room.

"Ooh-wee,'' said Jackson. "What an exciting morning, to have all of you men back. Winning starts here. Winning starts today. Starts right now.''

Coming off a 1-31 mark under the previous front office, Jackson posed the question, "Why did you come back here today? Two years of pain and suffering hardship, where toughness and grit and determination was built.''

But then he cautioned, "That's not enough. This morning at 8:02 a.m., that's when the work started. That's when the journey now starts. What will the 2018 Browns team legacy be?"

"Winning starts here. Starts today. Starts right now."

First team meeting:

The offseason program consists of nine weeks of voluntary workouts and non-contact practices culminating in the mandatory veteran minicamp June 12-14.

As spelled out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Phase One lasts two weeks and consists of strength, conditioning and physical rehab.

Phase Two lasts for three weeks and consists of individual drills and offense-only and defense-only team sessions. No offense vs. defense is permitted.

Phase Three last for four weeks and consists of a total of 10 days of organized team activities, or OTAs. Offense and defense can work against each other in 7-on-7s, 9-on-7s, and 11-on-11s, but no live contact is allowed.

The minicamp must take place during Phase Three of the program.

Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who was suspended all last offseason, showed up for the first day of the program Monday and signed his one-year exclusive rights free agent contract, worth $790,000. Three other players signed their ERFA contracts: fullback Danny Vitale, receiver Matt Hazel and offensive lineman Austin Reiter.

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