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BEREA, Ohio -- Following his first practice with the Browns, former Denver Broncos punter Britton Colquitt felt both welcomed and strangely out of place.I feel ancient compared to some of these guys, the 31-year-old said.Clevelands got some kids this season.With 17 rookies and 28 players who have played one NFL season or less, the Browns will be one of the leagues youngest teams. They lack experience, have unproven talent and the new front offices rebuilding plan will test the patience of Clevelands fed-up fan base as well as coach Hue Jackson, who expects to struggle balancing development and trying to win.I dont know how to do that. I just dont, he said. I have an expectation and Im not backing down from that and Im not changing that thought process in our players. That is just what we are going to do and we are going to find a way to do it. I dont know how its going to happen.By hook or by crook, we are going to get this done. We have to. That is all I know. I dont know anything else.When he took the Cleveland job in January, Jackson knew what he was getting into. The teams reconfigured decision-making group, led by Paul DePodesta, a former baseball executive known for his Moneyball approach and hired by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam as the organizations strategy director, was going to clean out the teams roster like never before.The Browns, who have had 13 double-digit loss seasons since 1999, began by dumping a few high-priced veterans in their 30s. They made a few trades for future assets -- getting a first-rounder from Philadelphia -- and then selecting 14 players in the draft.When the team submitted its 53-man roster this weekend, 13 of those draft picks made the team along with four other rookies, two first-year players and nine players headed into their second seasons.Its a young, impressionable squad, maybe younger and more impressionable than Jackson imagined.No matter, its his team.I didnt know how young we would be, Jackson said Monday as the Browns began building toward Sundays opener against the Eagles, who in an ironic twist will start quarterback Carson Wentz, a player Cleveland passed on a chance of taking and traded with Philadelphia. We have what we have. Im excited about the guys that we have. We just have to coach them up and get them better.This will take time, and Jackson understands that. And although he may privately concede the Browns may lose a lot more than they win this year, Jackson said having an inexperienced team can be beneficial.It can be because they are not `NFL-ized, he said. They havent been in the National Football League. I think some of our guys are just going to go play, and I think that is what we have to do as a football team. We cant get worried about anything.For Jordan Payton, one of four rookie wide receivers on Clevelands roster, its essential that the teams young players lean on the veterans to guide them.You ask questions, you stay right on their hip pocket, said the fifth-round pick from UCLA. Youve got to put your egos aside. You dont know everything, at all. You know nothing, and so you trust your coaches, you trust the vets. You ask a ton of questions and you soak it all in and you go out and work.Colquitt has seen what can happen when young players buy in, stay hungry and learn.He began his career with the Broncos in 2010, when they went 4-12. Five years later, they were Super Bowl champions. Of course, it helped getting Peyton Manning along the way, but Colquitt said theres something to having a team filled with young players who dont know any better.These (young) guys are happy to be making a paycheck and doing something they love, he said. Theres more to it than just a game. Theres a lot of stress and things like that involved. But with a younger team, they are just happy to be out here, and they dont know that there have been down years.Game notesJackson quickly rebuffed a question about the Browns decision not to draft Wentz. We went another direction, he said. ... Rookie WR Corey Coleman, who had a rough preseason, opened Mondays practice with two dropped passes while the media was in attendance. He said it got better from there and acknowledged he needs to relax more. They drafted me in the first round, so they expect a lot out of me and I expect a lot out of myself, he said. ... DB Trey Caldwell, a fifth-round draft pick released on Saturday, was signed to the practice squad along with P Michael Palardy and RB Terrell Watson.Bryan Trottier Penguins Jersey . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. Evgeni Malkin Penguins Jersey . The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Lions have not announced the hiring, which was first reported by ESPN. Lombardi, the grandson of former Green Bay Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, has been an offensive assistant on Sean Paytons New Orleans staff since 2007. . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. Evgeni Malkin Penguins Jersey . -- The plastic that was taped across the lockers in Oaklands clubhouse came down and the champagne that was on ice went back into the cooler. Mark Recchi Jersey .25 million option on reliever Jose Veras.CINCINNATI -- The Bengals released receiver Brandon Tate -- the franchise leader in punt returns -- as part of their moves to reach the 75-man roster limit on Tuesday, leaving room for a rookie to take the job.Undrafted rookie Alex Erickson impressed during the preseason, with an 80-yard touchdown among his four punt returns. Second-round pick Tyler Boyd also returned a couple of punts, one of them for 24 yards.The Bengals want someone to take over the bulk of the punt returns duties so cornerback Adam Pacman Jones can stay fresh for defense.Erickson was a walk-on at Wisconsin and wasnt drafted because of his limited experience, starting only two seasons in college. His impressive showing convinced the Bengals he could be counted on as a returner and an extra receiver, prompting them to release Tate.With what theyve done -- he and Tyler both as returners -- gives us some options, coach Marvin Lewis said. Going in, we knew about Tyler, but we didnt know how effective Alex would be.Ericksons 80-yard touchdown return in the first preseason game against Minnesota got a lot of attention. He also has caught four passes for 33 yards and a pair of touchdowns in three games, showing he could fill the role of backup receiver.Not that Brandon lost it, but I think Alex earned that spot with his playmaking ability, special teams coach Darrin Simmons said. You saw it. Everyone was kind of surprised Week One. I was, too. And then it just kept happening week after week after week and theres something there. I have a great deal of faith in him.Tate played in 80 games during five seasons with the Bengals, starting seven times. His main contribution was as a kick returner. He returned 149 punts for 1,,411 yards, both club records.dddddddddddd He also returned 145 kickoffs. The Bengals released him on Tuesday rather than waiting for the final cut over the weekend, giving Tate a better chance to catch on with another team.Hes meant a great deal to the football team, Lewis said. Its one of the harder decisions weve had to make. It gives him, hopefully, a jump on another opportunity for this year.The Bengals finish the preseason on Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts. They open on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the New York Jets.In addition to releasing Tate, the Bengals made several moves with injured players.- Defensive tackle Brandon Thompson went on the physically unable to perform list, but could be eligible to return after the sixth week of the season. Thompson suffered a knee injury in the final game last season.- Rookie defensive tackle Andrew Billings went on injured reserve. He suffered a knee injury during practice on Aug. 10.- Receiver Mario Alford was released. He suffered an ankle injury in the first preseason game. If nobody claims him off waivers, hell revert to the Bengals injured reserve list.- Kicker Jonathan Brown was waived off injured reserve. Hed been sidelined by a foot injury.The Bengals didnt make a move with running back Cedric Peerman, who broke his left forearm on Sunday against Jacksonville. Peerman, the No. 4 running back, is one of their top special teams players and was picked for his first Pro Bowl last season.---Online: AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: ' ' '

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