The Cleveland Browns do not have many camp battles for starters, but their right guard competition is considered an under-the-radar battle in the NFL.
The Cleveland Browns will not have many training camp battles for starting spots when their camp opens on Thursday. With several positions boasting top talent, there is not a need to hold competitions for most of the starting jobs.
Entering training camp, there are three main competitions expected to occur for starting jobs at right guard, strong safety, and kicker.
With the Browns having many versatile players in the secondary, there may be more of a rotation instead of one player dominating the amount of snaps at safety. And the kicker competition already appears to be leaning towards Austin Seibert considering where the Browns selected him in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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However, the battle for the starting right guard job will be highly contested with three players expected to be battling it out for the job. The competition will consist of two young guards in Austin Corbett and Kyle Kalis, as well as veteran Eric Kush.
After trading Kevin Zeitler this offseason, the Browns need one of the three to standout to replace Zeitler, who was one of the best guards in the NFL last season. And with Zeitler thriving in pass blocking, the Browns hope whoever replaces him can be just as effective at keeping pressure off Baker Mayfield.
Because of how important it is to keep Mayfield upright and healthy, the right guard competition will be the No. 1 aspect of Browns training camp to watch. That is why Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report believes it is one of the NFL’s under-the-radar camp battles.
"The play of the offensive interior is vital when a team features a shorter-than-ideal quarterback because the middle three blockers set the depth of the pocket. Whoever starts at right guard can’t allow defensive tackles to push him back into Baker Mayfield’s lap. – Sobleski, Bleacher Report"
There will be a lot of pressure for all three players competing for the spot considering how few pressures Zeitler allowed last season. The interior offensive line keeping a strong pocket for Mayfield was a major reason Mayfield and the rest of the offense had as much success as they did in 2018.
Although it appeared there was no front-runner for the job during the offseason program, it still appears to be Corbett’s job to lose. After being a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Corbett should have the traits and talent to take over the job during training camp.
With the team being able to put the pads on during training camp, the right guard competition will start to sort itself out. And whoever wins the competition could play a large role in the success of an offense that is expected to be one the best in the NFL.