Cleveland Browns: Veterans whose roster spot is in question

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 24: Jamar Taylor /
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Shon Coleman – Offensive Tackle

After starting in all 16 games last season and the retirement of Joe Thomas, it would seem that Coleman would have a guaranteed spot on the roster. But the Browns have brought in a lot of depth. They also signed Chris Hubbard, who will be taking over Coleman’s old position at right tackle.

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Coleman will be moving over to left tackle, and will likely be the starting left tackle at the beginning of training camp. But if Austin Corbett can transition smoothly to being a NFL tackle, he will take over as the starter.

What puts Coleman in a tough spot to make the roster is if he does lose the starting job, the Browns are likely only going to carry eight linemen. Two players that are almost locks to make the roster as backups are Spencer Drango and Austin Reiter.

Drango is versatile, as he can play guard or tackle, and teams like to carry one linemen that can play both positions. And Reiter is a center who will most likely be the backup unless Corbett gets moved to center.

That leaves Coleman in a battle with Donald Stephenson and Roderick Johnson to be the eighth man on the line. Stephenson has history with Dorsey and was one of the first signings by Dorsey this offseason. If Coleman does not have the best camp, his days in Cleveland could be numbered.