One pertinent question for every position group as Browns OTAs unfold

Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.

OTAs for the Browns means the team-building season is on for Freddie Kitchens and his staff of assistant coaches.

It’s the first time the entire roster is on the field together. Now Kitchens and his staff have to determine the best combinations from the loaded roster GM John Dorsey and his staff assembled.

There may not be a ton of position battles from now until the opener on Sept. 8. But there are plenty of questions to be answered.

Here is one for every position group as the Browns hit the field on Wednesday for the second of 10 OTA practices over the next three weeks.


Did Garrett Gilbert’s encouraging eight-game season in the ill-fated Alliance of American Football instill the confidence in him to mount a serious challenge to Drew Stanton for the top backup role behind Baker Mayfield?

Running back

Will the role promised by Kitchens and Dorsey for Duke Johnson be any more clearly defined and discernible than it has been before?

Wide receiver

How does coordinator Todd Monken incorporate truly ascending receivers Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins while maximizing the dynamic duo of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry?

Tight end

Can Seth DeValve reward the faith and confidence shown him by Kitchens and Dorsey and rebound from an injury-plagued 2018?

Offensive line

Will Austin Corbett justify his No. 33 draft selection in 2018 and mesh seamlessly as the starting right guard?

Defensive line

Can backup tackles Brian Price, Trevon Coley, Carl Davis and Devaroe Lawrence convince Dorsey to pass on a pursuit of Tampa’s high-priced Gerald McCoy?


Can veterans Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert stave off the real challenges of eager rookie draft picks Sione Takitaki and Mack Wilson?


Can top pick Greedy Williams assimilate quickly enough to challenge Terrance Mitchell’s starting job from Game 1?


Will Dorsey be able to negotiate a long-term contract with Damarious Randall before the scent of big money lures him to free agency in 2020?


Is Jamie Gillan, aka the Scottish Hammer, a real challenge to Britton Colquitt, or just a nice minicamp story?


Can Greg Joseph repel the prevailing threat of fifth-round draft pick Austin Seibert?

Return specialist

Can Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi be electrifying enough to defy the odds and win a roster spot after two years out of football?

Freddie Kitchens

Will he have “Hell yeah!” replace “Come get some!” as the new team break-it-down chant?