BEREA: The sight of defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah going through individual and position drills along with an afternoon practice Wednesday may have elicited silent cheers from Browns players and coaches.

Fellow defensive lineman Myles Garrett offered unqualified support regarding Ogbah’s return. Garrett and Ogbah, on the cusp of a breakout season last year, looked as if they’d found a sort of on-the-field shorthand in the second half of the season.

“We were both off and on [the field] for a while until we started to pick things up, then he got hurt,” Garrett said before a workout on the second day of the Browns mandatory minicamp. “You know, now that he’s back, things are full tilt ahead.”

The two combined for 11 sacks last season. The week before breaking his foot against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 19, Ogbah recorded two sacks against the Detroit Lions in arguably his best game of the season.

Coach Hue Jackson said he’s happy to see Ogbah’s return but, since no NFL games are played in May, there’s a measured approach with the 6-foot-5, 275-pounder and others who’ve been injured.

“Again, with those guys, we are going to take it slow with them and make sure that when we hit training camp there are no issues whatsoever,” Jackson said. “That is what it is all about. Not that we are babying anybody. We are just being safe and cautious.”

A reason certainly exists for Garrett’s optimism. A dominant first quarter against the Lions saw the defense flash before linebacker Jamie Collins suffered a season-ending injury in what became a 38-24 loss.

Garrett was asked if that was the blueprint for what the Browns defense can produce.

“I think it’s absolutely what it can be,” he said. “Getting J.C. [Collins] back will definitely be a big boost, and me and Ogbah, we’ll definitely do our thing on the line. So having him on the edge or coming through the middle, it will definitely be a sight to see.”

A key reason for the confidence? Garrett said he and Ogbah are able to communicate, even when they play at opposite ends of the line.

“Sometimes we’re inside together, sometimes we’re on the same side,” Garrett said. “So, just speaking with him [about] what he’s going to do sometimes alters what I’m going to do and, usually, it works out well.”

Persistent rumors claimed the Browns would draft South Carolina defensive end Bradley Chubb with their second pick, fourth overall, in the first round of April’s NFL Draft. Garrett said if the team had done so, it would have represented a case of starting from scratch with respect to that compatibility.

“I just think it’s — we already have a good friendship, so that makes the chemistry already easy,” he said. “There’s no strain on how we work together and I think it would have been a little bit harder with Chubb having to rebuild that all over again. There’s not a guarantee it will flow this easily.”

Garrett’s comfort level gave way to what sounds like unbridled enthusiasm.

“I just think with how well we work together whether it’s inside or on the outside rush,” he said. “I think we can go for a pretty historic year.”

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