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2024 Position Preview: Breaking down the Browns offensive line 

Browns will have three tackles back in 2024 following injuries during the 2023 season

Position Preview OL

The Browns are about two weeks away from the start of training camp, which will kick off with their visit to the Greenbrier. To prepare for training camp, we're putting together a preview of each position on the roster. Let's take a look at the offensive line as the next part of the series.

The Offensive Line:

Centers

Brian Allen

Ethan Pocic

Luke Wypler

Guards

Joel Bitonio

Javion Cohen

Wyatt Davis

Michael Dunn

Germain Ifedi

Wyatt Teller

Zak Zinter

Tackles

Hakeem Adeniji

Jack Conklin

James Hudson III

Dawand Jones

Roy Mbaeteka

Lorenzo Thompson

Jedrick Wills Jr.

What we know: The Browns will see the return of key tackles during the 2024 season in Conklin, Jones and Wills. They each suffered season-ending knee injuries throughout different points of the 2023 season and have continued their recovery processes. Jones was a participant during minicamp, while Conklin and Wills worked off to the side as they continued their recoveries. Having their tackles back in the mix will provide a lift to the offensive line that was depleted last season due to all the injuries.

Bitonio, Teller and Pocic also anchor the Browns offensive line, and each play an integral role in the success up front. The Browns also re-signed Dunn, bringing back a long-time staple of the offensive line.

The Browns also addressed the need for depth to the offensive line in the offseason, signing Adeniji, Mbaeteka and Ifedi during free agency, drafting Zinter and signing Cohen, Davis and Thompson in the offseason. They now have their core offensive line healthy, as well as additional depth to provide necessary backup options.

The biggest question: How will Andy Dickerson coach the offensive line? Dickerson joined the Browns coaching staff in February as the new offensive line coach following Bill Callahan's departure for Tennessee. With a new position coach can come changes to terminology, but the Browns have used the offseason program and will use training camp to all be on the same page with the terminology changes.

Yet, Dickerson worked with Callahan at the Jets as his assistant in 2011. He learned from Callahan, which created carryover of elements that are familiar to him and to the players that were with the Browns while Callahan was the position coach. Dickerson said he's also not trying to fill Callahan's shoes; instead, he wants to carve his own path and coach his unit. He's learned the different techniques and styles of his players and finding the best way to blend it all together.

The X-Factor: Bitonio. Going into his 11th season with the Browns, Bitonio has been a focal point of the offensive line. He held a streak of 102 regular-season games without missing a snap until last season, when he was sidelined for one game following the Browns' bye week due to arthroscopic knee surgery. He's earned six straight Pro Bowl selections in his career and played in a total of 144 career games. Coming in healthy for the 2024 season, Bitonio has another season to play an integral part in the success of the offensive line and be a voice of leadership among the offense.

Says it all: "if Joel starts to make a point, or Jack or Jed, if anybody makes one of those points and they're talking to a young guy, I've been giving them ownership and listening to their thoughts and ideas. I get to work with the players. I don't say, 'Hey guys, we just work together.' You can learn something from all those guys because they're doing it week in and week out. And so, it's actually a blessing to learn from those guys. I have been a part of younger rooms, older rooms, so it's the diversity within the room. Just trying to learn as much as you can from everybody and put the best product together possible." – offensive line coach Andy Dickerson said on coming in as the new offensive line coach

How many were kept on the initial 53-man roster last year: 9

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