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Fan Perception: What We Learned About the Browns' Offensive Line Heading Into Training Camp

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In each of our training camp previews, we conduct a poll at the end of the post. The polls are intended to gauge fan perception about certain players or roles on the Cleveland Browns heading into training camp. They help set the initial expectations that fans have on certain players. Here is a summary of each of those polls for the offensive line:

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OL Polls

I am usually a pretty optimistic guy when it comes to the Browns, but mentally, I'm heading into this season with the belief that it will be Alex Mack's final one with the club. The fan voting favors that he will stay by 54%, but that's pretty close to even.

Nobody really knows what Mack will do and he hasn't let anybody on to what his plans are. I think the feeling out there is that if the Browns have a great year and make the postseason, it'll encourage Mack to return for the rest of his contract. If the Browns fall flat in the second half of the season, as they do so often, then he'll walk away and probably receive just as lucrative of a deal. [Read Part 1 of the OL Preview]

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OL Polls

There votes are spread around pretty evenly -- there is no majority favorite in the poll, which indicates that fans aren't sure how the right side of the offensive line is going to shape out for Week 1. I do find it surprising that the selection that received the most votes is a tandem that would be completely new -- Cameron Erving at right guard and Michael Bowie at right tackle. I think John Greco and Mitchell Schwartz will both start in Week 1. [Read Part 2 of the OL Preview]

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OL Polls

I'm not surprised to see Ryan Seymour receive the most votes. He's the only one of the three linemen who actually played in a regular season game with the Browns last year, and he has the position flexibility that is desired from a backup. [Read Part 3 of the OL Preview]

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OL Polls

The people have spoken, and then want an undrafted free agent on the practice squad. That's exactly what I was talking about regarding the shelf life of a player on the practice squad -- it's typically one year at most, and Karim Barton was there all of last season. Tyler Loos is the early favorite among Cleveland fans this year, with Darrian Miller behind him. [Read Part 4 of the OL Preview]