Moving Joel Bitonio to left tackle would be "plan Z" according to Bob Wylie

Browns offensive line coach says Shon Coleman is "fighting" and "doing well"

Daryl Ruiter
July 29, 2018 - 2:52 pm
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) works against offensive tackle Shon Coleman (72) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Complex.

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – With the pads on the competition at left tackle is underway as the Browns try to figure out how they’ll replace Joe Thomas.

They're also finding out that it is going to be just as difficult, if not more, than they anticipated. 

On Saturday left guard Joel Bitonio said he’d be willing to move to left tackle, but only if it came to that, and on Sunday offensive line coach Bob Wylie confirmed that moving Bitonio would in fact be a last resort.

“That’s the last. Like if you’re going to go A down, that would be Z,” Wylie said.

Since the Browns selected him 35th overall in 2014, Bitonio has started 47 games at left guardand he'd like to stay there if at all possible.

"We have some options over there, so right now I don’t think it’s a thing where I have to volunteer for the spot," Bitonio said Saturday. "If we get down the line and something needs to happen, we’ll see what happens there. But right now...I’m playing left guard.”

Third year tackle Shon Coleman, who started all 16 games at right tackle last season, has been taking the reps with the first team offense at left tackle and he entered camp as the defacto starter until the competition heated up. 

“The state of the left tackle…that’s the State of the Union,” Wylie said with a laugh. “Shon’s fighting, and he’s doing well at the spot.”

But not well enough for head coach Hue Jackson.

Jackson pulled Coleman aside and had a few words with him following an 11-on-11 drill Sunday afternoon that saw him whiff on 1 block and get beat on 2 more after. 

“It is year 3 of him being around me, and he knows what I expect," Jackson said. "It is just that simple. With our guys, there is a way to do everything. He has to meet that standard. That is all it is.”

Greg Robinson, the former No. 2 overall pick who was signed late in the offseason, suffered a concussion Friday and Desmond Harrison is recovering from a toe injury and is on PUP thrusting second round pick Austin Corbett into Robinson’s spot with the second-team offense.

Corbett has looked solid working with the second-team offensive line the last 2 days but despite using the 33rd overall pick on Corbett, where he fits on the offensive line remains to be seen and not even Wylie is sure where that is.

"Wherever he plays the best,” Wylie said. “I don't want to say it's inside, outside, center. Wherever he starts playing the best, he'll feel his way into that position."