The Browns re-signed running back Brandon Jackson to a one-year deal Tuesday, and Jackson discussed his return Thursday during a post-practice interview with the Beacon Journal. Below are some excerpts from Jackson’s question-and-answer session.
Q: How did the deal come together?
A: “They’ve shown interest in me, earlier in the year. It just kind of went away ‘cause I guess they were doing camp and everything. I just continued to work out. When I got that phone call, me and the family was excited just to come back up here, just to have an opportunity to prove why I should be on the field.”
Q: Even though you’re staying here, do you view this as a fresh start because of the new coaching staff?
A: “It is. It’s a fresh start. New number, new coaches, new offense. It’s a great opportunity for me to come in and show the coaches why I should be on the field.
Q: You’re wearing No. 27. Is there any significance to the new number?
A: “No, it’s just everything’s new. Twenty-nine was taken already, so everything’s new.”
Q: After you joined the Browns in 2011 as an unrestricted free agent from the Green Bay Packers, you suffered a season-ending toe injury in the preseason and then you played in just two games this past season. How hungry are you to get back into games?
A: “I’m starving right now. I’ve been out for two years. My last game, actual full game … I’ll go back to the Super Bowl game [with the Packers]. It’s tough not to play two years. It’s real tough. But I stayed focused, kept my strength in God, and now I’m blessed to have this opportunity to show up and show the coaches what I can do.”
— Nate Ulrich