The Front-runner – Wyatt Teller
The Cleveland Browns started the 2019 season with Eric Kush at right guard, winning out over a multitude of mediocre options to start the year. John Dorsey and company were not convinced Kush was the answer, so they made a trade with the Buffalo Bills for then 24-year-old guard Wyatt Teller as insurance.
Kush would start the first seven games of the year playing nearly every snap, but was unimpressive. If you ask Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Kush was awful, finishing 2019 with an overall grade of 45.4. His poor play opened the door for Teller to take over as the starter for the final nine games of the year.
Teller struggled early but seemed to find his footing as the year went on. Over 556 snaps, Teller would be penalized twice and allowed only one sack. While Teller seemed to struggle in the run game, he was a significant improvement as a pass blocker.
The interesting part of Teller’s struggles in the run game is that when combined with Tretter, the tandem worked well together and won more often than not. When left to work with Chris Hubbard or try to protect him, Teller struggled the most. Now firmly planted between two Pro Bowl-caliber players in a scheme that suits him should allow the young guard to bloom into a solid player on what should be one of the better lines in the NFL.