Shon Coleman thinks he's still in mix to start at RT despite missing off-season

Rookie Shon Coleman thinks he's still in the mix to start at right tackle, despite missing all of the off-season recovering from knee surgery.

BEREA, Ohio--Shon Coleman has faced bigger odds in his life than becoming a starting right tackle in the NFL.

Coleman battled leukemia while in college and was able to return to playing football at Auburn. The Browns drafted Coleman in the third-round (76th overall) with the idea of him possibly replacing Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle.

However, Coleman had surgery to repair his MCL after last season and he missed all of the off-season OTA's and minicamps for the Browns. He said his knee feels "awesome" and he's ready to go. Coleman is looking forward to the first day of full pads, which will be Sunday.

"I'm very excited to get back on the field because I haven't been back on the field," Coleman said. "It's been since late December, January since I've put some pads on."

The Browns signed unrestricted free agent Alvin Bailey during the off-season and Bailey took reps with the first team at right tackle for the first day of training camp. Coleman, despite not taking any reps in the spring received several snaps with the second team. Fifth-round draft pick Spencer Drango is also being used at right tackle, as well.

"I felt like I got plenty of reps with the second team and that was a good start for me," Coleman said. "I just have to work my butt off and there's still some things I need to do in learning the offense, still some things I need to do to get back into football mode like get my footwork down.

"I'm just not too worried about (being a starter) down the road."

Hue Jackson was glad to see Coleman back in the mix.

“It was really good to see him out there yesterday competing," Jackson said. "For him, we have to be smart because he is coming off of something. We want to make sure that he’s out there and competing every chance he’s there. Obviously, he’s a good athlete. He’s long, has long arms. You said it best, there’s some catching up he has to do, and we’ll take the time to make sure that he gets there. It’s been two days.

"As we move through this, it’s going to take some time, but at the same time, it will take as much time as he wants it to take by how hard he works," he said.  "He’s an extremely hard worker so we’ll get him there as fast as we can.”

 

Coleman (6-7, 310) admits he's behind, but he feels he'll be able to catch up quickly.

"Of course, I'm a little behind everybody because I didn't go through the OTA's and minicamps," he said. "But I was able to sit back and watch the other players like Joe Thomas and learn from them, so that was definitely a plus for me."

Coleman thinks once the preseason gets going, he will be able to make his case for being the starter at right tackle.

"It's not up to me," he said. "My big thing is just getting out here and trying to get better. Just being out here grinding and trying to do anything to make the team better.

"My goal is to get better, learn the offense and let everything fall into place."

Extra Points

Inside Again: For the second-straight day the Browns had to close practice to the public due to inclement weather in the area. Sunday is scheduled to be at 3 pm.

Day of Rest: Veterans OL Joe Thomas, DB Tramon Williams and LB Paul Kruger rested during practice. DB Jamar Taylor filled in with the starters for Williams, while LB Cam Johnson did so for Kruger. OL John Greco was not practicing with an undisclosed injury. 

Kickoff Men: Raheem Mostert was first up on kickoff return with Justin Gilbert mixing in, as well.

Old Friends: Former Browns GM Phil Savage was in Berea with Browns preseason analyst Solomon Wilcots doing a radio broadcast for Sirius XM NFL radio. Savage is the director of the Senior Bowl and appears on ESPN Insiders. 


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