1. How will the line hold up?
Heading into the 2020 season, nothing is more important for the Cleveland Browns than how their offensive line plays. Last season, the line was a complete nightmare. Baker Mayfield was constantly running for his life as both the left and right tackles performed more like turnstiles then offensive linemen.
This year, GM Andrew Berry made it a priority to fix that line. He signed Jack Conklin in free agency and then used the No. 10 overall pick on Jedrick Wills. For Conklin, he will play a familiar position as he stays at right tackle — which is what he played for the Tennessee Titans.
Wills, on the other hand, is making a move from the right to the left side. At Alabama, he played right tackle and will move to the blindside. He’s talented enough to make the move but without rookie minicamps and OTAs, he has yet to get a ton of work in. With that being the case, there have been some ups and downs in camp according to Andrew Gribble of the team’s official website.
"“There’s been the expected mix of good and bad so far from the rookie left tackle. He’s been thrown right into the fire and is primarily trying to slow down a healthy and recharged Olivier Vernon on most plays. Stefanski said Tuesday the biggest focus for Wills has been technique, something that’s certainly been a big priority for him ever since he began his preparations for the 2020 NFL Draft.” — Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com"
If we’re being honest, Wills on his worst day is going to be an upgrade over what they had in 2019 but that doesn’t mean there won’t be growing pains. The only question is how much will there be and is it going to affect Mayfield and the offense.
Not only do we need to know this, but also can Wyatt Teller lock down the right guard job? He played well at times in 2019 but there’s no guarantee he can be the guy permanently.