4. The offensive line
The first unofficial depth chart was sent out by the Browns social media team this week, which may or may not give us a glimpse into what the team is planning to do with the offensive line. While it is unofficial, the chart has Austin Corbett penciled in as the starting right guard, which is rather interesting.
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The reason that’s of interest has to do with the previous practicing starting to suggest that free agent pick up Eric Kush was gaining momentum in the battle for that spot. Perhaps the chart is wrong and Kush really will get some work with the starters, or maybe the coaches want to try and force Corbett to take the next step in his development.
Selected 33rd overall out of Nevada, Corbett moved from offensive tackle in college to guard in the pros. His progression as a rookie was slower than expected, so he spent the entire year on the bench working to improve as a player. Now with Kevin Zeitler gone, Corbett is the natural selection to be the long-term replacement.
Unfortunately, he hasn’t talent advantage of the opening as his struggles have continued into this year’s training camp. Perhaps the thinking from the staff is they want to test Corbett against opposing starters.
They’ve seen Kush in action as a starter — albeit on a different team, but he still has experience and they know what to expect. What they don’t know is what Corbett can do in a game. It looks like it’s time to find out.