Winner: Offensive Lineman Kyle Kalis
Although OTA’s were not a good two weeks for Corbett, his struggles allowed Kyle Kalis to get an increased look. In fact, Kalis was the linemen the Browns went with on the first-team offensive line when Corbett was working with the second-team.
Kalis’ emergence with the first-team was quite surprising considering the veteran depth the Browns have on the offensive line. Both Eric Kush and Bryan Witzmann have experience starting at guard, and both have had success.
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However, it seems the Browns have liked what they’ve seen from Kalis so far in the offseason program, giving him the first crack at taking the starting right guard job. Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens spoke briefly about what he likes about Kalis – via Jake Burns of cleveland.com.
"““I like Kalis. I like Kalis a lot. He is aggressive. He is strong. Just like everybody else, we are continuing to get better from a mental standpoint and from assignment and alignment.”” – Burns, Cleveland.com"
Kalis went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft but ended up on Washington’s practice squad. He was then signed by the Colts and played in four games, including two starts. He was once again cut, signed by Washington, and then cut again at the start of 2018.
The Browns claimed him in September and he spent most of the season on the team’s practice squad. He played one offensive snap for the Browns last season.
If Corbett continues to struggle into training camp, Kalis will have a good opportunity to claim the starting right guard job. It may not be what anyone expected, but Kalis obviously put together a good enough set of OTA practices to at least be a part of the competition.