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Browns Bench OL Cameron Erving for Austin Pasztor

Rookie Cameron Erving has been benched. Erving is less than pleased with himself.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

"I played like s***."

As Cameron Erving so eloquently stated Wednesday, the 2015 season has not went the rookie's way.

Head coach Mike Pettine announced today that Erving will sit on Sunday, leaving Austin Pasztor to replace injured left guard Joel Bitonio.

A 2015 first round draft pick, Erving has disappointed this season at left guard in place of Bitonio. The big rookie isn't afraid to admit it.

"I’m not going to sit here and make excuses for anything that happened," Erving said in response to a question about switching positions. "Of course, it’s hard. It’s the NFL. But I have to do a better job going out and executing. Point blank, period."

Erving previously switched from defensive to offensive line midway through his career at Florida State, as The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich noted. A left tackle and center at FSU, Erving has not handled the transition to guard very well.

Pettine acknowledged Erving's frustration, but noted the club has not given up on the youngster.

"I don’t think anybody is more frustrated than he is because he will have a stretch of four or five good plays where he does his job, does it well, but he has made critical mistakes and ones that have had a big effect whether it is giving up a quarterback hit or a sack," said Pettine. "We have not lost confidence or faith in Cam, but it is just something that Austin is a guy here on campus that we also want to see play, and he has been great since he has been here. He works his tail off and he knows what to do. We will see how he is this week, but we just felt it was best to go ahead and switch those two."

Pasztor entered the league in 2012 with the Jaguars, spending three seasons with Jacksonville before coming to Cleveland prior to the start of this season. Pasztor has not started at left guard since his rookie year. The 6-7, 308-pound University of Virginia product started 12 games at left tackle in 2013 and eight at right tackle in 2014.

"Now that I have the chance to be healthy and play, I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the opportunity," Pasztor said.

The Ontario, Canada native feels confident playing between Joe Thomas and Alex Mack.

"I have the utmost respect for both of those guys, and I think it’s going to help me tremendously playing beside two such great talents," Pasztor said. "They communicate well, they teach well, so it should help to make it an easier transition for me."

Hopefully the two veterans can help Pasztor adjust quickly, because Erving's pass protection certainly hindered the Browns' offense.