Depth Chart Released

Browns offer up season's first depth chart. All eyes on the QB position. What else is new?

BEREA, Ohio— The Browns released their first depth chart, but Mike Pettine said not much stock should be placed in it.

“I had to do it (for first preseason game),” he said. “I think at a lot of positions we would have slashed guys. I would say it’s very loose and it will be very fluid and likely there will be changes every week.”

Brian Hoyer is listed as the starter with Johnny Manziel behind him.

Pettine was asked if he would’ve put a slash at quarterback.

“Maybe, I might of,” he said. “No. We listed Brian as the starter.”

With that said, Pettine was asked if it has been decided that Hoyer will start against the Lions. He said the meeting with the coaches to determine reps hasn’t been set.

“We’re going to set the reps but I can’t answer anything definitive right now.”

Joel Bitonio is the only rookie listed as a starter on the first depth chart at left guard. Buster Skrine is at right cornerback ahead of Justin Gilbert. Josh Gordon is listed as the starting wide receiver with Miles Austin at the other spot. MarQueis Gray is listed as the fullback.

On defense, Billy Winn is listed as the starter at with Ahtyba Rubin at nose tackle. Phil Taylor is listed at left end behind Desmond Bryant. Jabaal Sheard is listed behind Paul Kruger at outside linebacker with Barkevious Mingo the other outside linebacker.


Mixing it Up: QB Brian Hoyer and QB Johnny Manziel each took reps with the first team in 11-on-11 team scrimmage. Pettine was asked if that was by design.

“All part of the plan,” Pettine said with a smile.

Both quarterbacks had better days. Manziel’s completed a 30 yard pass to WR Miles Austin, but the pass was underthrown and Austin had to come back to make a sliding catch. Later, Manziel might have thrown his best pass of training camp that was about 60 yards in the air to a wide open WR Travis Benjamin, who couldn’t hang on to the ball near the goal line.

Hoyer’s best play was a quick slant to WR Josh Gordon who caught the ball in stride for a big gain.

Gipson Back: DB Tashaun Gipson (knee) was back at practice.

“He should get more work (Wednesday) if things work well he should get more team work and be good to go on Saturday.”

Also, DB Isaiah Trufant (knee) returned to practice, as well.

Cameron on Bike: TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) and TE Jim Dray (undisclosed) were on the sideline with trainers during practice. Others not practicing were OL Reid Fragel (knee), LB Tank Carder (foot), and OL Randall Harris (knee). OL Nick McDonald remain on the Active/non-football injury list with a wrist injury.

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