Offensive Guard Wyatt Teller
The Cleveland Browns front office heavily invested in their offensive line this offseason hoping to build a formidable front that will keep Baker Mayfield upright. With the additions of Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills, there is reason to believe Cleveland’s offensive line can be a top unit in 2020.
The Browns offense was mired with issues in 2019, but one of the biggest was performance of the offensive line. Cleveland’s front struggled in all aspects, but they struggled with allowing pressure, forcing Mayfield to be uncomfortable in the pocket.
With the offensive line struggles in mind, the Browns front office invested in their offensive tackles. However, they did not look to improve their next biggest need on the offensive line: Right guard.
After trading Kevin Zeitler last offseason, the Browns went for stopgap options at right guard, starting with Eric Kush. After Kush struggled at the beginning of the season, the Browns named Wyatt Teller the starter for the final nine games of the 2019 season.
Teller did well filling in at right guard, but was far from a sure thing at right guard. He did well as a pass protector, allowing only one sack on the season. Pro Football Focus gave Teller a 56.7 overall grade in 2019.
The Browns need steady play at right guard, and Teller provided that. However, it is not a guarantee he will be the starter in 2020 as he will have stiffer competition than he did last season. Teller will be competing for the starting job with second-year lineman Drew Forbes and last year’s starting right tackle, Chris Hubbard, who seems to be better suited to play guard.
With this competition, Teller is going to need to show during training camp he is the most prepared to be the starting right guard and he can build the chemistry needed with Conklin and J.C. Tretter to be a part of a solid overall unit.