The second week of the Cleveland Browns training camp starter with the activation of All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin who is a significant advantage.
Last season was a tough one for Cleveland Browns right tackle Jack Conklin who suffered multiple injuries during the season leading to him playing in just seven games. But the biggest concern was when Conklin tore his patella tendon late in the season, an injury that could take up to 12 months to fully recover from.
The fact that Conklin has been activated off PUP already seems to indicate he is ahead of schedule in his recovery.
There’s still a concern about the lingering effects but the idea that Conklin could be ready for Week 1 seems like it could actually happen.
Conklin’s first year in Cleveland, when he was an All-Pro player, was once one of the best a Browns lineman has had since Joe Thomas. Conklin is the exact prototypical style tackle for the system Kevin Stefanski runs and is a major cog in the machine needed for the Browns to return to the playoffs.
Having him back to add the tackle room allows Chris Hubbard to slide back into his ideal role as the swing tackle as James Hudson continues to learn the position. Not having Hubbard start and be your fifth tackle really sets the Browns’ offensive line up to be one of the strongest units in the league again.
He still has to prove that he can return to his pre-injury form but for early camp headlines, this is one to be happy about.