Cleveland Browns: 2016 depth chart predictions
With all the roster turnover since 2007, the Browns have been fortunate enough to have one player start at the left tackle position for the last nine years. Joe Thomas is not only one of the best players in team history, but also one of the best in league history.
Thomas has not missed one snap in his nine-year career, solidifying himself as the face of the franchise. He will once again enter 2016 as the starting left tackle, with talk of his backup being only a formality.
Thomas has played through injuries throughout his entire career, but he has never once asked to come out, even when the season was already lost. That kind of dedication to the team will land Thomas in the NFL Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible.
But even with the consistency, there is always need for a backup plan. Right now, rookie Shon Coleman seems to be next in line in case the worst happened and Thomas needed to miss some time.
Coleman will be in a battle for the right tackle position, but Alvin Bailey has a better shot to win the starting spot, at least right now. Coleman can serve as the reserve tackle for both positions, with a much better chance of getting in on the right side because of Thomas’ consistency as a starter.
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