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Investigating the Browns' Depth Chart Rotations at OTA's

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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.