Investigating the Browns' Depth Chart Rotations at OTA's

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the media has reported some of the interesting depth chart news for the Cleveland Browns during their organized team activities. Obviously, you have to use a lot of discretion when reading some of these notes to know that some of them might not hold a lot of weight.

For example, WR Miles Austin will probably be in the starting lineup, but is still being held off by head coach Mike Pettine. Also, QB Tyler Thigpen has no chance of starting in Week 1; he's just seeing some first-team reps until QB Brian Hoyer is healthier or QB Johnny Manziel gets elevated on the depth chart. With that in mind, here are the notes we've seen regarding the depth chart or potential position changes:

  • Running Back: RB Dion Lewis, who missed last season with a fractured leg, is participating in OTA's. With a lot of new guys on the roster and a new regime in place, it'll be interesting to see if he still has the mojo to stick around.

  • Fullback: TE MarQueis Gray was seeing reps at fullback, so how long will it be before we change his position to "fullback?"

  • Offensive Line: OT Reid Fragel was splitting first-team reps with LT Joe Thomas. OG Joel Bitonio was lining up as the first-team left guard, with OG John Greco lined up as the first-team right guard. OG Garrett Gilkey saw a lot of reps as the backup center, a role that was fulfilled by Greco last year.


  • Defensive Line: DE Ahtyba Rubin is missing this round of OTA's with an undisclosed injury, but it's nothing something that should keep him out of training camp.

  • Linebacker: OLB Paul Kruger was seeing work on both the first- and second-team defense, but then later switched with OLB Jabaal Sheard. ILB Zac Diles was splitting first-team reps with ILB Karlos Dansby.

  • Cornerbacks: The first-team cornerbacks were Joe Haden, Buster Skrine, and Isaiah Trufant. That means that rookies Justin Gilbert and Pierre Desir were working with the second group or later.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Dawgs By Nature

You must be a member of Dawgs By Nature to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Dawgs By Nature. You should read them.

Join Dawgs By Nature

You must be a member of Dawgs By Nature to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Dawgs By Nature. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker