BEREA, Ohio - Where is Cameron Erving going to play?
The first indicator was Erving spent most of his first practice of rookie minicamp at right tackle. However, Mike Pettine downplayed where he was being used.
“He’ll be moved all around,” Pettine said. “We’ll work him at guard and center.”
Erving said his first day with the Browns was his first day at right tackle.
“I played center and left tackle and played right tackle for the first time on a consistent basis today, but it’s all about reps.”
Erving is undaunted on where he plays — even if he plays guard, another position he hasn’t played.
“I haven’t, but I can (play guard),” Erving said. “. I’m an offensive lineman and I take pride in that. That’s’ not being cocky, but that’s what I do. I’m an offensive lineman.”
Erving is looking forward to fitting in to the best position for the team.
“There’s a long way to go,” he said. “(The coaches) want to see where I fit in the best and where I work the best. It was a good experience (playing right tackle) and a good stepping stone.”
Erving said when he was drafted that he has a totally a team-first approach.
“I have always been the type of person to do what was best for the team,” he said. “When I moved to offensive line from defense line when I was at Florida State, I was a little hesitant because I didn’t trust a lot of people. I didn’t know if it was something that they were going to do and forget about me or if it was something that was really going to help me or help the team. I got older and matured and realized that it was for the betterment of the team and myself.”
“It’s what I’ve said about Johnny that we want him to have essentially horse blinders on and focus on his job, getting up every day, perfecting his craft, whatever it is whether the homework that quarterbacks have, his footwork, his releases, that he’s much more concerned with himself than anything else,” Pettine said. “So I think we’re not going to start talking competition. Josh will more than likely be the starter going into camp and in the foreseeable future, I don’t see that changing.”
When pressed about being the starter for the regular season, Pettine stopped short of making that announcement.
“I’m not going to commit to a starter for game one but if you have to put someone out there to start (training camp) and it would be Josh.”
The Masses: The Browns had 77 players listed on their rookie minicamp roster, including 50 tryout players. WR Taylor Gabriel was brought last year as a tryout player, who ended up making the team along with DL Jacobbi McDaniel and DB K’Waun Williams per the Browns.
“It’s a win-win,” Pettine said. “You give guys an opportunity to come out here that might have fell through the cracks. Last year, we found three guys on a tryout basis.”
The Browns only listed four undrafted rookie free agents that they signed in OL Darrian Miller (6–5, 307) from Kentucky; OL Tyler Loos (6–5, 294) from Northern Illinois; DL Dylan Wynn (6–2, 283) from Oregon State and DB De’Ante Saunders (5–9, 187) from Tennessee State.
Besides the tryout players and the first-year players, those who were with the Browns last year on the practice squad or roster were: QB Connor Shaw, LS Charlie Hughlett, LB Keith Pough, DL Jacobbi McDaniel, OL Karim Barton, DL Jamie Meder and DL Calvin Barnett.
All of the draft picks took part in practice with the exception of seventh-round pick DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who is rehabbing from a torn ACL and dislocated knee and sixth-round pick TE Randall Telfer, who is also recovering from injury.
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