Cleveland Browns release first unofficial depth chart
The Cleveland Browns released an unofficial depth chart Monday night and it was filled with a few interesting decisions by head coach Hue Jackson.
The Cleveland Browns don’t play a regular season game until September 11, but it is never too early to begin predicting who will end up where on the depth chart.
The team gave fans a starting point for the predictions by releasing an unofficial depth chart Monday night.
The most notable name in a starter’s role in Robert Griffin III, who was named the starting quarterback earlier in the day Monday.
While Griffin is secure in his role, this depth chart is only an unofficial one, meaning it just serves to give fans a sense of where players stand as of right now. Some of these players may be moving forward or backward after Friday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Besides Griffin, the most notable starter is Terrelle Pryor. The former Ohio State quarterback only had one reception last season, but is listed as a starter in this first depth chart. This could change in the preseason or when Josh Gordon comes back in Week 5, but it is a great sign for the former Buckeye, who has successfully made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver and has flourished under Hue Jackson’s leadership.
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His spot on the depth chart is also interesting because of the fact the Browns took four receivers in the draft. Corey Coleman is listed as a starting receiver, which was expected, but the other three are farther down on the chart.
Ricardo Louis is third behind Pryor, but Rashard Higgins and Jordan Payton have a lot of ground to make up between now and the start of the season if they want to be on the final roster.
Another offensive player who has done well like Pryor is rookie right tackle Spencer Drango. He was projected to be in a battle with Alvin Bailey for the starting right tackle position, and holds the early edge so far. Friday’s game against the Packers will be a great test for both players, as Drango looks to join Coleman and give the Browns two rookie offensive starters.
The defensive side of the ball does not have any major surprises, as the focus will be on whether rookies Joe Schobert, Carl Nassib and Scooby Wright can move up the chart in their respective positions, and ultimately make the final roster.
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This depth chart will continue to change throughout the preseason, but it is nice to have an idea of what Hue Jackson is thinking heading into the preseason opener. This depth chart also allows the players to see where they stand and work hard to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.