The Browns have been plagued by the injury bug throughout training camp and one area that has affected is the offensive line.
Center JC Tretter is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery to fix some minor issues and isn’t expected to be ready before the September 13 season opener in Baltimore. Rookie Nick Harris has filled in for Tretter and has caught the attention of head coach Kevin Stefanski.
The former Washington Husky was an All-SEC second-team selection in 2019.
Stefanski said he is 100% committed to starting 10th overall pick Jedrick Wills Jr. at left tackle. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan said, “Rookies around the league are behind the curve” due to the pandemic, but thinks his two rookies will do fine against the Ravens.
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- Rookie tight end Harrison Bryant, who was the top college tight end a yer ago and a fourth round pick in the 2020 draft has been a frequent target of quarterback Baker Mayfield. This bodes well for Bryant and Mayfield, the latter of which will look to step his game up this season. Bryant is behind coveted free agent signing, Austin Hooper and David Njoku. Keep an eye on a wrist injury to Njoku. It does not appear serious as he has returned to practice, but should it bother him more, look for Bryant to see more playing time.
- Wide receiver coach Chad O’Shea said the battle for the third receiver is “still ongoing.” One player that has stepped up and made the most of his opportunities is Kha’Darel Hodge, who O’Shea called an “unselfish blocker.” That will be a good way to find a spot on the field as Stefanski has a run-first offense.