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

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Here is a summary of each of our training camp preview polls for the Cleveland Browns’ offensive line:

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Since LT Joe Thomas, LG Joel Bitonio, and RG John Greco are relatively proven commodities, our poll in Part 1 focused on how fans predicted Cameron Erving would do in his first year at center. I think most people agree that he was terrible at guard as a rookie, but it’s surprising to see so many people optimistic about what he can do at center. 88% of fans feel he will at least settle into the role and be stable. Perhaps a good follow-up question is, if Erving is indeed stable at center, then was it a good decision to not over-pay C Alex Mack to stay in Cleveland long-term? [Read Part 1 of the OL Preview]

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Despite the team drafting two rookies who will compete at right tackle, veteran Alvin Bailey (even though he is still young in terms of age) has 56% of the votes, a majority compared to the combined 43% that the rookies have. Despite being out all offseason, if a rookie does start, more fans think it’ll be Shon Coleman who gets the nod over Spencer Drango. [Read Part 2 of the OL Preview]

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I pretty much knew how the vote would go with this poll, but sometimes you still run with the poll to hammer home a point: the Matthews name carries a lot of weight. [Read Part 3 of the OL Preview]

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This vote doesn’t involve a “name” like Matthews, but it does involve a “local kid” from North Royalton, which is predominantly why Dan France leads the way with 57% of the votes. I think his previous ties to Hue Jackson in Cincinnati also solidified the vote for him compared to some of the other candidates. Erle Ladson got some support, presumably due to his massive size. [Read Part 4 of the OL Preview]