3 Offensive position battles to watch at Browns training camp

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Cleveland Browns training camp starts on July 27 and there will be some key battles including these three positions on offense

Heading into training camp in 2021, the Cleveland Browns offense had some unusual continuity. Coming off an 11-win campaign, they had all 11 starters set to return that season — although Odell Beckham, Jr. needed extra time to recover from a torn ACL.

Still, the familiarity was there and the competition was nearly non-existent. This year, things are different. Their wide receiver corps and quarterback room have been completely revamped. They also have some key openings at positions that might not seem important at first — but really are.

Here, we dig into three such spots that need to be figured out during camp this summer.

Cleveland Browns offensive position battles

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Aug 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive tackle James Hudson (66) at the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Swing tackle

Over the past couple of seasons, the Browns have had more than their share of troubles with offensive linemen staying healthy. This is why Chris Hubbard agreeing to stay on and take a pay cut in 2020 was such a huge move for general manager Andrew Berry.

Unfortunately, Hubbard has been dealing with plenty of injuries of his own and that led to some underperforming on the line when they did deal with injuries in 2021.

This year, Hubbard is back but the coaches surely would prefer one of the younger — and healthier — players prove they can handle the job. 2021 fourth-round pick James Hudson is the top choice to push Hubbard but there’s also former undrafted tackle Alex Taylor who has all the tools but just needs to clean up his technique.

Cleveland could have used more depth here, but they elected to stick with their guys and this coming training camp will be huge for each of them.