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Cleveland Browns Position Notes From the Final Round of OTAs


Today's OTA was open to the media, and that means that Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal had some more position notes to talk about. As always, given how early in the season it is, some of these depth chart changes might not mean a whole lot, but they could still be a sign of things to come in some cases.

  • QB: There continues to be no doubt who the No. 1 guy is, as Brandon Weeden is taking all of the reps with the first-team offense. A new wrinkle on Thursday was when Brian Hoyer took some snaps with the second-team offense, though, instead of just working with the third-team offense.
  • WR: This isn't necessarily a depth chart note, but it's worth remembering that David Nelson is still waiting to take part in practice, as he is battling back from a knee injury suffered in 2012.
  • OG: For those keeping track at home, in Ulrich's previous two reports, John Greco was with the first-team offense both times, while the other first-team guard was either Shawn Lauvao or Jason Pinkston. Today, Greco continued being with the first-team offense at right guard, while Lauvao was the left guard with the first-team offense. Either it's just dumb luck that Greco's rotation day with the first-team offense comes on media day every time, or he is viewed as a definite starter. Pinkston worked the left guard position on the second team.
  • OLB: Our prized free agent acquisition was BENCHED. Only kidding; he just missed practice due to a "family obligation." Taking his spot on the first-team defense was a rotation between Barkevious Mingo and Quentin Groves. Is it a good thing that Mingo's name hasn't come up a lot in OTAs? I think it is, because in a way, he is a great luxury to have, but not a necessity (speaking in terms of having to be a Day 1 starter).
  • CB: Instead of Buster Skrine pairing with Joe Haden as the No. 2 corner, Chris Owens took on that role. Skrine continued to be the nickel cornerback in the nickel package. That is where Skrine should stay, but whenever Leon McFadden gets into the mix, things could get interesting opposite Haden.
  • PR: We heard about kick returners last week, so now it's time for the punt returners: Travis Benjamin was the top guy, while Davone Bess was next-in-line. That is exactly what I would have projected.
  • P: What? We have a punter update? It almost doesn't seem like we have a punter on our roster, but we do. T.J. Conley was the first-team punter; he was the guy who was a 16-game starter for the Jets in 2011. Spencer Lanning, our backup in camp last year, was with the second team.