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Cleveland Browns juggle offensive line for Steelers

Erving will get a chance at a third position, while the Browns look to see if they might have answers on the right side of the line.

Today, the Pittsburgh Steelers will pull many of their top players from the line-up in what is a meaningless game for Mike Tomlin's team.

Not to be outdone, the Cleveland Browns will be making changes of their own, shuffling the offensive line and front seven as predicted by Lane Adkins on Thursday.

As reported by Fred Greetham last week, Cameron Erving will be moving to right tackle for today's game, and will be joined by Austin Pasztor , who moves to right guard, and Harvard alum Anthony Fabiano , who will call the line plays at snap the ball to starting QB Robert Griffin. Fabiano has never started a game at center at any level of play. So, there's that.

Joe Schobert will start at linebacker for Cam Johnson, who is on the inactive list today due to a groin injury.

This is the third different offensive line position being tried for Erving, who struggled at right guard in 2016, and was unimpressive at center during the 2017 season. 

The Browns, clearly, want game tape of these younger players in new positions as they look to improve the spotty right side of the line for the 2017 season. The team was not able to adequately fill the voids left by Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz, who left the team in free agency last year.

So, the Browns should be able to better evaluate their line given the experience they will get today. In the meantime, Robert Griffin might want to have his head on a swivel.


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