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Browns 2016 training camp position breakdown: Inside LBs

We're days away from the Browns' first training camp under head coach Hue Jackson.

As such, we'll dive deep into each position group and analyze what we'll be looking for when practice resumes Friday.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the inside linebackers.


The cast

Demario Davis

Christian Kirksey

Tank Carder

Justin Tuggle

Scooby Wright III

Dominique Alexander

What happened at OTAs? The thing that seems to stand out is the bonding between Demario Davis, who joined the Browns in March after four seasons with the Jets, and Christian Kirksey. The pair are expected to play key roles on Cleveland's defense next season, potentially side-by-side as the team's starting inside linebackers.

Under the radar: Undrafted rookie Dominique Alexander is a name you should keep an eye on. The three-year starter from Oklahoma impressed inside backers coach Johnny Holland during offseason workouts and figures to keep up that momentum in training camp. Of course, don't forget about Scooby Wright, who's quickly become a fan favorite in the last three months. Holland also spoke highly of the former Arizona standout, saying he think his work ethic and instincts might be able to overcome a somewhat undersized frame.  Justin Tuggle and Tank Carder, a pair of fourth and fifth-year players, who have been reliable and steady throughout their relatively young NFL careers.

Variables to consider: After struggling to stop the run last season, the coaching staff has made it clear the Browns will focus on shoring up their ability to limit opposing ground games. With Davis — who, in addition to his run-stopping skills, has drawn rave reviews for his leadership — in the mix, Cleveland should be able to put itself in position to be better in that facet of the game. Also keep an eye on Kirksey, who could be poised for a big season as he enters his third year with the Browns.

Quote to note: "It's kind of on the linebackers to lead by example. You are kind of the quarterback of the defense. You have to be ready to play at a high standard. I just try to bring attitude and effort to wherever I am at, whatever the situation is." — Demario Davis on the role of the LBs How many were kept last year? Five the 53-man roster

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