Nate Orchard feels comfortable and the rest of what we learned at Browns training camp

Orchard said on Saturday that he feels comfortable back at defensive end and is coming off of a strong preseason

BEREA, Ohio -- There's something to be said about being comfortable and Browns defensive end Nate Orchard certainly looked comfortable on Thursday night.

Orchard collected two tackle assists and a half sack and added a quarterback hit during his 30 defensive snaps.

"I felt myself get in the groove right off the bat, and I've just got to continue to pick up on that," Orchard said on Saturday.

The 2016 season was frustrating for Orchard, who was coming off of a strong finish to his rookie year. He ended 2015 with three sacks and an interception over his final five games and came into training camp with a shot to win an outside linebacker job.

He didn't, and then his season ended after three games due to an ankle injury. To top it all off, Orchard says he was back to 100 percent by Week 10, but he was already on injured reserve and the team was holding onto the player they could designate to return for quarterback Robert Griffin III.

"It was difficult because my entire life growing up I hadn't missed a game in little league, high school, college, not a single game," Orchard said. "To miss time like that definitely hurt, but it was a learning experience as well."

It gave Orchard a chance to put the game back in focus a little before returning under a new coaching staff.

"It's the game of football. You're always one injury away from a season-ending, a career-ending injury," Orchard said, "so I definitely took a step back, looked at my life, analyzed everything, where I wanted to be, who I wanted to be and how I'm going to bounce back from this injury."

Orchard is mostly a defensive end these days, though there are still some preseason snaps for him at outside linebacker. He praised his new defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, calling him "hands down the best human being I've ever been around."

What it all comes down to for Orchard is really pretty simple, though it's something he admitted is easier said than done: Sack the quarterback.

"You've got to have a mindset of just go get the quarterback," he said. "That's what this game is about, that's what they pay me to do and that's what I'm going to do."

Orchard has three more preseason games to prove to Williams and the defensive staff that he should be one of the guys they send after the quarterback once the real games start.

Orchard returning to a comfort zone is one thing we learned today. Here are some more:

Jordan Payton and his post-suspension fate

When a player gets suspended, things got a little lonely as far as the team is concerned. He wasn't even allowed to talk to the coaching staff during that four-game stretch. So it left him a lot of time to think about where his career might go now that his rookie season -- a very quiet rookie season -- was ending like that.

"In those situations, you don't know what's going to happen until it happens and I'm thankful that I'm still here and I'm thankful that they stood behind me," Payton said. "It says a lot about them."

Payton called himself a loyal person, saying, "if someone defended me or stood with me through anything I'll give my life to them."

That loyalty is part of what has driven Payton in his second season to try and earn a spot on the roster.

"I just try to do everything I can for this organization, for Hue, for Sashi, for all the people upstairs and obviously for those guys in the locker room," Payton said.

Senior offensive assistant and wide receivers coach Al Saunders has praised all of the second-year receivers drafted a season ago, saying of Payton, "Jordan has done a much better job in terms of his acceleration and the techniques that he is using."

Payton admitted on Saturday that has adjustment to the NFL was a difficult one.

"Part of it was that I was a very young player and I was kind of in awe of the whole NFL experience and being around it and not understanding what needs to get done," Payton said, "so now this year you have a better vision of what needs to get done and the whole picture and understanding what your job is and how to do it."

Roster move

Defensive lineman Jamal Marcus was released on Saturday from injured reserve, the team announced. Marcus was originally signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Akron. Marcus also spent time at Ohio State before transferring to play for the Zips.

The schedule

The Browns will practice again on Sunday from 3:25-5:55 p.m.

Monday's practice will be closed to the public before the Browns hold another open practice on Tuesday from 3:25-5:55 p.m.

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