Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.
Hey Tony: With Desmond Bryant gone are we going to see three nose tackles starting or will the Browns make a trade?
-- Ray, Memphis
Hey Ray: Forget a trade. Defensive ends simply don’t become available this time of year, unless they are released at roster cuts. I would expect the starting three-man line at the beginning of camp to be John Hughes at left end, Danny Shelton at nose tackle and Xavier Cooper. The Bryant injury also gives rookie Carl Nassib, a third-round draft pick from Penn State, the opportunity to earn playing time much earlier than coaches anticipated. Overall, the Bryant injury takes away the best player and most experienced player from a very young and unproven position group.
Hey Tony: Browns new brass seem to be trading a lot due to analytics. Could this carry over into season?
-- Joe, Naples, Florida
Hey Joe: The theme for all trades in the spring was simply to collect extra draft picks. That will always be the mandate for this analytics group. I’m interested to see how the Browns apply analytics to game management decisions, such as trying for two points rather than kicking PATs, eschewing punts on fourth-and-short, and time management situations.
Hey Tony: What do you think the offense will look like, scheme-wise?
-- Greg, Dayton, Ohio
Hey Greg: Based on what we’ve seen from Hue Jackson’s time as offensive coordinator, and what we’ve heard from players such as Joe Thomas, I would expect an “offensive line-friendly offense.” That means, emphasis on the running game to set up an up-tempo, high percentage passing game. If the running game is working, Jackson will take his shots on deeper passes. He will also be creative and unpredictable with play derivation and selection.
Hey Tony: Will the Browns move Isaiah Crowell?
-- Wes, Silver Lake, Ohio
Hey Wes: No. I believe Jackson will work with Crowell to further demonstrate his remorse for posting a despicable, offensive image on Instagram and correct his mistake. Jackson seems to revel in reclamation projects (Robert Griffin III, Terrelle Pryor) and restoring Crowell’s image while developing him as a player falls in line.
Hey Tony: What lower draft pick from this year will have the greatest impact this season?
-- Jim, Lyndhurst, Ohio
Hey Jim: I’ve answered this question several times with Rashard Higgins, the fifth-round receiver from Colorado State. I think the receiver position has the potential for more impact under Jackson than any other except quarterback.
Hey Tony: Will Emmanuel Ogbah be a playmaker on defense THIS year?
-- John, Hilliard, Ohio
Hey John: I think it’s unrealistic to expect Ogbah to be a finished product as an outside linebacker in Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense. That doesn’t mean, however, that he can’t be a playmaker as a designated pass rusher in certain sub packages.
Hey Tony: Will a player like Spencer Drango or Shon Coleman start for the Browns Week 1?
-- Danny, Chardon, Ohio
Hey Danny: I think that’s unlikely. Coleman missed all of the minicamp season recovering from a knee procedure after his last season at Auburn. Drango, a fifth-round pick from Baylor, was considered by some draft experts as more likely to begin his NFL career at guard. However, he impressed coaches enough to earn second-team snaps at right tackle in minicamp and OTAs. Right now, it looks like the right tackle job is ex-Seahawk Alvin Bailey’s to lose.
Hey Tony: I heard the Browns recouped some of Johnny Manziel's contract. How much money/years did they get back if true?
-- Mark, Brook Park, Ohio
Hey Mike: Mike Florio of profootball.com reported this month that the Browns voided $2.173 million in guaranteed money owed Manziel 2016 and 2017 before they cut him in May. Florio speculated that Manziel’s unauthorized gambling junket to Las Vegas the night before the season’s final game gave the Browns justification for voiding the guarantees. Florio reported that neither Manziel nor the NFL players association filed a grievance to block the Browns’ action.
Hey Tony: Early reviews of Seth Devalve, Joe Schobert and Scooby Wright?
-- Mike, Land O Lakes, Florida
Hey Mike: Devalve is an angular tight end who has to prove he can withstand the rigors of the NFL position. Schobert is versatile at linebacker and active on special teams. Wright is short but looks like he will back down from nobody.
Hey Tony: With renewed alumni relations, any plans to revive the ring of honor?
-- Eric, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Hey Eric: Haven’t heard anything on this front. My suspicion is the Browns consider the unveiling of the Jim Brown statue as the alumni event of the year and will work on reviving the ring of honor after that.
Hey Tony: What are the odds we see Corey Coleman, Rashard Higgins and Jordan Payton as top 3 WRs on depth chart Week 1?
-- Brian, Kennesaw, Georgia
Hey Brian: For Week 1, highly, highly unlikely. Payton missed most of the minicamp and OTA workouts because of academic commitments at UCLA. I would expect Coleman and Higgins, however, to be starters immediately, barring injury.
Hey Tony: How good are we at the running back position?
-- Thomas, Cleveland
Hey Thomas: Even though Jackson’s offense is built off the running game, I don’t expect Isaiah Crowell or Duke Johnson to topple 1,000 yards rushing individually. I can see them combining for 1,500 yards and Johnson totaling 70 or more receptions.
Hey Tony: Going on a cruise in late January. Should I buy trip insurance in case the Browns make the playoffs?
-- Rick, Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Hey Rick: Bon voyage.