Cleveland Browns: Shon Coleman leading right tackle battle
By Joel W. Cade
The Cleveland Browns right tackle position remains up for grabs and Shon Coleman is emerging as the early leader in training camp.
Fans got the opportunity to see the current iteration of the Cleveland Browns offense and defense during Friday night’s Orange and Brown scrimmage. For those interested in offensive line play, the game was a fascinating study on how to evaluate offensive line play.
For those who have not seen the replay, the “broadcast” zoomed in on the quarterback. Out of the screen were formations, the entire defense and the entire offensive line.
Nonetheless, certain patterns emerged to help fans understand where the right tackle position battle is current sitting.
Shon Coleman started the game at right tackle. He joined the first-team that include Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler.
Cameron Erving made his debut in the game starting the second half at left tackle. He later transitioned to right tackle while Coleman took over at left tackle.
However, very little of their actual play was on the screen for fans to view. So what conclusions can be drawn from such little evidence?
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First, Shon Coleman is the early leader at right tackle. He played the entire game between right and left tackle. Clearly the team is giving Coleman every chance to win the right tackle position.
Second, Cameron Erving is playing catchup. Erving originally came into the game to play left tackle for one series. He then moved over to right tackle to the rest of the game. He is being given an opportunity to compete at the position but is clearly behind Coleman.
In terms of play, the lack of angles makes it difficult to evaluate. Neither player gave up horrendous sacks.
Coleman was called for one penalty. Erving had virtually disappeared during the game (which is good for an offensive lineman).
There were two significant runs on the game. Cameron Erving was the blocker at the point of attack on both plays.
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Conclusion: While the Orange and Brown game was fun to watch, the angles make it difficult to fully evaluate the right tackle battle.