The left tackle position has been the subject of a lot of concern heading into the 2018 season for the Browns, and fans received a glimpse of where the linemen stack up early on in camp.
Since Joe Thomas retired in March, the Cleveland Browns have been searching for his replacement. After being unable to sign Nate Solder in free agency, the Browns headed into the draft with Shon Coleman as the man most likely to take over for Thomas.
In the draft, the Browns surprisingly selected Austin Corbett in the second-round of the draft. It was a surprise to many because many draft analysts expected to be kicked inside entering the NFL.
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But even with the belief that Corbett will be a better guard or center, there was a chance the Browns may still try to use him at tackle. Corbett did not receive lot of work playing tackle during team workouts over the summer. Entering training camp, the belief was that he would receive more reps playing tackle.
Cleveland also decided to sign Greg Robinson in June to build more depth at the tackle position. Robinson has experience playing at either tackle or guard, and could be a swing lineman for the Browns in 2018.
But after the first day of training camp, it seems that Robinson will be pushing Coleman for the starting job more than Corbett will.
Even though Corbett did not play much at tackle in the first day of practices, Hue Jackson said it is too early to give up on Corbett at tackle.
“I think he is an offensive lineman who has versatility, that can play on the edge and can play inside,” Hue Jackson said about Corbett following practice on Thursday. “I don’t think we’ve given up on anything. I think it’s too soon. I think we need to get the pads and watch the guys compete and kind of go from there.”
After being deemed a bust, Robinson has a good opportunity at earning a starting job with the Browns. Coleman has a lot to prove after struggling at right tackle last season. If Robinson can get a feel for his responsibilities in Todd Haley’s offense and put together a good camp, he could take the starting job from Coleman.
The left tackle competition will be a battle that will probably go down to the final days of training camp. Coleman, Robinson, and Corbett should get a lot of playing time during the preseason games to find the best man for the job.