Going into training camp there were several position competitions. Whether or not it was an actual competition, Brandon Weeden won the quarterback job. Other positions up for grabs included free safety, cornerback, guard and both kicking spots.
Yesterday, Rob Chudzinski announced that Tashaun Gipson would be the starting free safety. Johnson Bademosi will certainly see time at safety and as an additional defensive back in certain schemes and situations.
The second cornerback competition is technically not settled, however Chris Owens has been bothered by leg and feet issues all camp long. He sat out practice again yesterday. I believe the Browns like him at that corner spot, allowing Buster Skrine to cover slot receivers in the nickel package. If Owens is unable to go though, they wouldn’t hesitate to put Skrine in that spot. Rookie Leon McFadden simply hasn’t been able to stay on the field enough. He still needs work at the position.
The guard spot isn’t settled, but that is because two of the three players in the competition for the guard spots are now injured. Rookie Garrett Gilkey is currently battling Oniel Cousins for the right guard spot, unless of course the Browns make another move to pick up a guard, which is entirely possible after teams start cutting players.
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