Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has a way of making his presence felt, one way or another, on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Last year, the producers of the documentary series let their audience see and hear Williams swear as an art form when the TV show featured the Los Angeles Rams, who employed the veteran defensive coach at the time.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the subject of this season of Hard Knocks, with quarterback Jameis Winston being the main focus.

So you can bet Williams’ defense preventing the Bucs from scoring a touchdown Saturday night during the Browns’ 13-9 win in the third preseason game will be a topic in the next episode, which will air at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Even if Williams isn’t mentioned, the frustration his defense caused will be.

“Coach Williams has done a really nice job in the way he is utilizing personnel and allowing guys to use their strengths,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said Sunday afternoon during a conference call.

The main reason the Browns have won their first three preseason games is the defense has allowed just one touchdown and none in the past two games.

They also held the Buccaneers to 3-for-15 on third down. The starting defense played the first half, when the Bucs went 0-for-7 on third down and Winston completed 14-of-23 passes for 161 yards with an interception and a rating of 63.9.

“The defense continues to take positive steps,” Jackson said. “Obviously, we have been really aggressive and fast and played with some really good discipline on that side of the ball. It is impressive that we haven’t allowed a touchdown the last two games, and it is really good to see our drafted players making an impact, talking about [middle linebacker Joe] Schobert, [rookie safety Jabrill] Peppers, [rookie defensive end Myles] Garrett, [defensive end Emmanuel] Ogbah and [defensive end Carl] Nassib.”

Schobert tied weakside linebacker Christian Kirksey for the team lead with six tackles and broke up a pass. Peppers intercepted a pass from Winston at the goal line and added three tackles. Garrett had a quarterback hit and pressure on multiple occasions. Ogbah had a sack and a batted pass. Nassib had three tackles, including a sack and another for a loss.

The longest play the Browns gave up was Russell Hansbrough’s 27-yard run in the fourth quarter, when the backups were playing.

“Every now and then, still the ball will pop out of there,” Jackson said. “I think it is about everybody understanding their gaps and the communication but, boy, are we vastly improved in that area over watching all of the things we have all seen in the past.

“I give a lot of that credit to Gregg and to our players and the rest of the staff. They have done a great job of implementing a system, having true belief in it and making it work. We are a defense that is playing well, but there is still another level for us.”

Problem area

Other than Corey Coleman, the Browns’ wide receivers failed to inspire confidence they can be counted on to adequately support rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, whom Jackson named the starter Sunday. Dropped passes, including one free-agent acquisition Kenny Britt lost at the Bucs 5-yard line, hindered the offense Saturday.

It’s painfully obvious the receiving corps needs help, but Jackson stopped short of calling for a trade.

“I am going to leave that up to [head of football operations] Sashi [Brown] and his group,” Jackson said. “But I think what we have to do as coaches and guys who are here is we have to make those plays when those opportunities present themselves.”

The 15th overall pick in last year’s draft, Coleman had four catches on eight targets for 66 yards. The other three receivers the Browns drafted last year — Ricardo Louis (fourth round), Rashard Higgins (fifth) and Jordan Payton (fifth) — didn’t record a reception, though Louis drew defensive pass interference. Britt, who signed a four-year, $32.5 million contract in March, had one catch for 13 yards.

Backups Jordan Leslie (four catches for 34 yards, including the game-winning, 5-yard touchdown from quarterback Kevin Hogan), Rannell Hall (two catches, 17 yards) and Richard Mullaney (one catch, 10 yards) were the only other receivers who finished with a reception.

Jackson is hoping somebody — anybody — steps up Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears.

“I’m not going to say [I’m] disappointed,” Jackson said. “There is still another opportunity to have those things show up. I think these guys are trying extremely hard. They have done a great job of blocking downfield. Sometimes their number is called, and we don’t get the ball to them. Sometimes their number is called, and we are not in the right spot. What we have to do is continue to work at it, keep getting better and see if we can get there.”

Extra points

• Jackson said the kicking competition between rookie Zane Gonzalez and Cody Parkey will go “down to the wire” in the preseason finale. “I don’t know if anybody has taken the lead,” Jackson said. “That thing is really close.”

• Although Jackson put the starting quarterback competition to bed, several lesser-known jobs will be decided in the last exhibition game. “Thursday’s game has a huge purpose in shaping the rest of our football team,” Jackson said.

• Fullback Danny Vitale “will be down for a little bit” with an injured ankle, Jackson said.