Offensive Lineman Shawn Lauvao Taking Advantage of Opportunities

Aug. 02, 2010 - Berea, Ohio, United States of America - 02 August 2010: Cleveland Browns offensive linemen Alex Mack (55) and Shawn Lauvao.Rookie offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao is getting opportunities to work with the first team offense early in camp, thanks to a few unfortunate ailments and injuries to Tony Pashos and John St. Clair. Better yet for the third-round pick, he is impressing all the right people, including head coach Eric Mangini.

Lauvao’s size, strength, and football smarts are allowing him to make an impact on the line and it seems like he is going to make good use of his time with the first team. The longer that Pashos and St. Clair stay out, the harder it might be for one of them to keep his job. Lauvao has been practicing at right guard, but he is also in the mix to be the backup center/left guard.

Wherever Lauvao ends up on the team, his versatility will be of great value and his confidence not only in his understanding of the playbook, but of the game itself, is refreshing:

“It’s football when you come down to it. Either you show up or you don’t,” he said.

Mangini also stated that he would have no problem starting Lauvao on the offensive line; if he continues to have a great camp and eventually wins a spot as a starter, the Browns would have one of the most dynamic and young offensive lines in the NFL.

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  • Clayton

    This is a positive vibe coming out of Berea early on this training camp. The right side of our offensive line continued to struggle last season, as it did the year before. The imbalance needs to be corrected as our opponents are exploiting pass rush opportunities. Alex Mack had a better than average rookie season, but he cannot be expected to continually drift to the right in order to compensate for the weaker side of the O-line.