Can the Cleveland Browns really count on the offensive line as a strength heading into the 2017 season…plus nine other quick thoughts.
1. The Cleveland Browns kickoff training camp soon and the offensive line is getting talked up a lot heading into the new season. The position group boasts the Browns best player, Joe Thomas, and the unit was the recipient of mega millions in investments courtesy of Jimmy and Dee Haslam.
On paper it’s a strength, but many a paper gets burned at the Factory of Sadness, as the Dawg Pound knows.
Joel Bitonio is coming off Lis Franc surgery to his foot. He’s played 15 games in the last two years. When he’s in, Bitonio is very good, but staying on the field has a been a problem.
The same could be said of new free-agent center acquisition J.C. Tretter. The 26-year-old former Green Bay Packer doesn’t have a big track record to begin with. He started seven games last season before injuring his knee (MCL).
And then there’s the question of who plays right tackle? Cameron Erving anyone?
Other thoughts on the Browns…
3. Andy Dalton started from Day 1. Why not Kizer?
4. Speaking of quarterbacks, what will it take for Brock Osweiler to get some mentions as the possible Week 1 starter? Joe Montana he isn’t, but at least the guy’s won some NFL games. It might take some preseason success to move up the ladder.
5. With that said, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the Browns trade Osweiler, but to do that, they’ve got to…
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