1. Defensive line depth is being tested
Myles Garrett didn’t practice for the Browns again as he nurses a sore hamstring. While that made news, what might have gone unnoticed with the fact that Larry Ougunjbi was not on the field for them on Tuesday. It wasn’t clear why he was out, but it did open the door for rookie Jordan Elliott to get some work in.
Even before the practice, defense of line coach Chris Kevin came out and said some positive things about the way Elliot has looked so far camp. A third-round pick this season, his role increase significantly when the team lost Andrew Billings who opted out due to COVID-19 concerns.
"“He can move. He has great short-area quickness. Those are the things you look for in the draft, and our guys did a phenomenal job of identifying him as a guy that would fit in our system and also as a guy that is hungry to be great.” — defensive line coach Chris Kiffin said of Elliott via Andrew Gribble of ClevelandBrowns.com"
The Browns expect their defensive line to be a strength for them this year. Not only do they have Myles Garrett but they also have Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, and free agent pick up Adrian Clayborn.
After dealing with injuries all of last season, they went out and added several players to the line. Unfortunately, they’ve already had issues to deal with due to Billings opting out as well as Garrett both, and Ogunjobi now both missing practices. The depth is being tested but thankfully it’s better than it was last year.