Recap: Episode 1 of Cleveland Browns on HBO’s Hard Knocks

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Recap: Episode 1 of Cleveland Browns on HBO’s Hard Knocks

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The first episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks Duke Johnson Jersey , featuring the Cleveland Browns, debuted Tuesday night and did not disappoint. Let’s recap the major storylines that were on display.Star of the Hour: Jarvis LandryThe star of the hour was no doubt WR Jarvis Landry, who was acquired from the Miami Dolphins this offseason. After a montage showing Landry working his ass off in camp and making catch-after-catch, another montage showed the rest of the receivers or offensive players with dropped passes and missed blocks.Landry went in front of the receiver room to give a passionate speech about practicing and competing to get better each and every day, starting with: “I don’t know what the fuck’s going on here, and I don’t know why it’s been going on here, but if you’re not hurt -- if your hamstring isn’t falling off your fucking bone, your leg isn’t broke, you should be fucking practicing.”Landry’s new home, along with his girlfriend and child, were also featured in a brief segment, as the veteran receiver preached that he plans on being here awhile. That sound you hear are jerseys flying off the shelves.Quarterbacks and the RVEven though it was previously mentioned that access to the quarterback’s RV would be off limits, that wasn’t the case, as both QB Baker Mayfield and QB Brogan Roback gave tours of the vehicle at different times — Mayfield as he was getting a lesson in waste disposal, and Roback as he showed off his responsibilities like keeping everything neat-and-tidy, getting the right type of healthy snacks, and where each quarterback’s bed was.Mayfield was featured heavily for much of the beginning of the episode as he signed his rookie contract (and laughed at how things like skydiving accidents would cancel out money in his contract). His on-field presence was also on display:Coaches Disagree on Veteran Off DaysProbably the most eye-opening storyline came during a coaches meeting. After the athletic trainer provided an update on injured players, they left the room and running backs coach Freddie Kitchens expressed concern over players being given a day off when there is a lot of work to be done. Head coach Hue Jackson started explaining that this is how they’re doing things, and then offensive coordinator Todd Haley weighed in:Jackson responded by saying he knows certain players like RB Duke Johnson have a history of certain injuries, and he doesn’t want to risk losing such a valuable player for an extended period of time. He said he understands his assistants positions on the matter, because he used to think the same thing when he was an assistant coach — but when he became a head coach and saw the gravity of certain players not being available, his mindset changed. (Side note: I understand what he is saying, but both of his coordinators have been head coaches before).The Hue Jackson StoryWhen we first learned that the Browns would be featured on Hard Knocks, one of the first things I said was “it’s so obvious that the lake jump has to be featured at the beginning of the episode.” Then in an interview, they hinted that it probably wouldn’t be. However, last night’s episode featured it right at the beginning. It wasn’t necessarily new material, but I still feel the brief touch on the “cleansing” was necessary to help set the stage of this season’s narrative.What unfolds the rest of the episode is more of the untold story and emotions that head coach Hue Jackson was going through these past couple of weeks in Berea, losing both his brother and mother in a two-week span. Remember that head coaches often live at the facility practically, so the cameras were rolling to capture every phone call and emotional support provided by GM John Dorsey, assistants, and players.Carl Nassib’s Breakout PerformanceWho would have thought that DE Carl Nassib would be the biggest riser in terms of notoriety after the first episode? He was first featured in a segment in which he gave financial advice to his defensive linemen Authentic Christian Kirksey Jersey , talking about how compound interest can ridiculously benefit all of them, especially someone like DE Myles Garrett:A little later, head coach Hue Jackson called Nassib out in front of the room, asking him what was up when a picture of he and Taylor Swift was shown on the projector (Swift performed at FirstEnergy Stadium recently).Then to close out the episode, Nassib gave another lesson on how much time is spent on social media. He used Instagram as an example, but let’s broaden it to social media: imagine you spend two hours a day on it. When you do the math, that means you spend exactly one full month a year on social media. So 1/12th of your year is literally on social media.Prepping for How to Handle Josh GordonOne of the things I love seeing is the inner workings of things, like when assistants first learn that WR Josh Gordon won’t be available at the start of training camp. Later on, VP of Marketing Peter John-Baptiste met with GM John Dorsey and head coach Hue Jackson to discuss strategy of how to handle speaking about the Gordon situation to the press.Later in the episode, Jackson tells Dorsey that Gordon texted him his condolences about the losses in his family, and how he appreciates how much he has been there for him. The headline-stealer, though? “See you soon.”Gregg Williams being Gregg WilliamsThere isn’t a better way to end an episode, is there?Earlier in the episode, when speaking in a defensive meeting to players, Gregg Williams also said he hopes he doesn’t have to be as big of an asshole this year:Next WeekI was wondering if the trading of WR Corey Coleman would be shown this week, but instead, it appeared in the trailer for next week’s episode. The news about WR Antonio Callaway, as well as outcomes from the Browns vs. Giants first preseason game, will also no doubt be on display.—What did you think of the first episode, Browns fans? Myles Garrett has shredded Ben Roethlisberger. It's time to tear up the real Big Ben.If he can get his hands on him.Cleveland's defensive end, who playfully destroyed a photo of Roethlisberger as part of a video parody during the offseason, gets his first crack at Pittsburgh's star quarterback in a game on Sunday when the Browns host the Steelers.Garrett missed last year's opener as a rookie against Pittsburgh with a severe ankle injury, and Roethlisberger skipped the season finale to be ready for the playoffs.They'll finally meet on the field, and Garrett hopes to make his formal introduction in the Steelers' backfield."I plan to get back there a little bit," he said.Garrett has had an eye on sacking Roethlisberger almost since the moment the Browns selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft. Not long after arriving in Cleveland, the 6-foot-4, 272-pounder vowed he'd go after Roethlisberger and "chop him down," something the Browns have rarely done while going 2-21 against him as a starter.Finally, Garrett is going to get some whacks at Pittsburgh's extra-large QB, who can be a handful to topple.He has a plan of attack."You've got to use your whole body," said Garrett Youth Chris Hubbard Jersey , who was voted a captain by his teammates. "You can't try to arm tackle him, where you just try to grab him by his arm or his side. You have to lean into him a little bit, try to torque him."Otherwise, he's just going to strike you off or spin out of the tackle. He just has that way where you're on him, but he'll just step up while you're flying by, so you have to make sure you're directly on him."If you're leaning any kind of way, he'll just slip out of there."Roethlisberger's size allows him to ward off would-be sackers, and his ability to sense pressure in the pocket gives him other escape routes.As he gets ready for an opener in which he'll be without star running back Le'Veon Bell, Roethlisberger knows Garrett has him in his sights."What an animal, a guy that just gets after the quarterback," he said. "We are really going to have to keep two eyes on him. There's really not much I can do with Myles. It's not like I can speed option at him and give him a fake or something so it's up to the line to block him and those guys."Roethlisberger was sent the 61-second video produced by the Browns in July that featured several players including quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and others in a spoof of "The Office," the popular TV series.Toward the end of the video, Garrett, dressed like nerdy character Dwight Schrute, complete with wire-rimmed glasses, feeds a photo of Roethlisberger through a paper shredder while offering a blank expression to the camera.Garrett said he willingly participated in the gag."It's just a joke," he said. "I'm here to have a little bit of fun and play some football. It goes along with what I'm trying to do, so I had no problem doing it."All kidding aside, Garrett has major respect for Roethlisberger, one of eight quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards.'He's a Super Bowl champion," Garret said. "A multiple-time Super Bowl champion, so you know he's played on a high level consistently for years, so you have to be able to respect greatness when you see it, but you also have to seize the opportunity of being able to usurping that position."You have to be able to respect it, but don't be afraid of it and don't be afraid of that moment."NOTES: Coach Hue Jackson isn't ready to divulge his starting left tackle for Sunday. Jackson may move Joel Bitonio back to left guard and start undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison at tackle. "I just want to get through practice and kind of go from there before I make that choice," Jackson said. "I owe it to the football team. I owe it to all involved to make sure we make the right choice to start the game." ... Garrett, Bitonio and Taylor were named captains along with P Britton Colquitt and LB Christian Kirksey. ... QB Baker Mayfield was named the team's top rookie in training camp by the local media.

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