The depth chart of the Cleveland Browns’ defensive line is something to behold.
It’s fair to say that all three could start for pretty much any other team in the NFL.
But it gets even better.
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It could easily be argued that, like the men they back up, the three would find starting opportunities on most other teams in the league.
Taylor had been a starter for the past three seasons, albeit at tackle. He has transitioned well to end in the Browns’ new defensive scheme because it takes advantage of his impressive combination of size, strength, and athleticism.
Bryant took his practice-field dominance into last Saturday night’s preseason-opener at Detroit, and performed well enough to prompt discussion that he should, in fact, receive serious consideration for a starting role.
Hughes did the same. He was credited with four tackles, and consistently found himself in the mix of pass-rush pressure and run-stopping. Like Bryant, he has been a strong presence on the practice field.
“You look at his grade sheet and they’re all filled with pluses,” coach Mike Pettine said of Hughes. “So all he does is his job and he makes some plays. He’s a guy that, I think, is tough to block.
“I think (defensive line coach Anthony) Weaver’s done a great job with him to get him to understand the technique and how to release off of blocks and technically, he’s one of our better guys up front.”
And, remember, he’s a backup.>>Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, for “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford” on ESPN 850 WKNR or catch the live stream right here on ClevelandBrowns.com. We take your questions at 216-578-0850 and via Twitter @Browns_Daily.