BEREA,Ohio--Browns associate head coach Pep Hamilton said he felt the strength of the Browns was the offensive line. However, that was before Pro Bowl center Alex Mack and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz were lost to free agency. Hamilton was asked if he still felt the line was the team's strength.
“Nothing has changed," Hamilton said. "Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, Cameron Erving – he has stepped up – Alvin Bailey. We have guys that have played good football in the past, (John) Greco, of course. They’re still showing that they can play football the way we want them to play football at a high level."
Thomas is expected to be the left tackle to start training camp with Bitonio likely playing left guard and Greco at right guard. Erving is first up at center with Austin Pasztor, Bailey, and rookies Shon Coleman and Spencer Drango at right tackle. Michael Bowie could also be in the mix after missing last season on injured reserve.
Pasztor finished last season as the starter at guard, replacing Erving. Bailey was signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Seahawks.
Coleman was a third-round pick from Auburn, but has been slowed with recovery from an injury to his MCL in the off-season. Drango was a fifth-round pick from Baylor.
"Once again, once we get to training camp and put the football pads on, we will have a better feel for all of those guys."