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Browns OL Joel Bitonio press conference - 9/3

OL Joel Bitonio:

On if he will still play LT or not:

"That is a good question. I think (Head) Coach (Hue Jackson) is going to come back Wednesday and give us a definite answer. I am ready for both [tackle and guard], though. Whatever they put me at, I am ready to go and play some football finally."

On if it is awkward as an OL group since the season opener is Sunday:

"I would not say it is awkward. I think it is just trying to get the best five guys out there. I know he is going through his plan and (OL) Desmond (Harrison) has not got as much practice time so he is trying to see where he is at, and (OL Austin) Corbett is still working. I think it is just trying to get the best five guys out there. It is taking a little bit more time than we would have hoped, but we did not have (OL Kevin) Zeitler out there either so we need a few good days of practice. We are going to get a good rhythm going, and we will be fine for Pittsburgh."

On how much of the decision process is due to Steelers DT Cameron Heyward:

"I have no idea."

On if Heyward affects the Browns gameplan:

"I do not think so. I do not think you move a lineman for gameplan specifics. He is a great player, though. He is one of the best in the league, and he is going to be tough for anybody to handle. I am not sure how it relates. That would be for Coach Jackson."

On if Heyward is one of his toughest opponents:

"Oh yeah. We get to go against each other twice a year. He plays primarily on the right side so left side for me. He is a great player. He plays hard. He works hard. He is big. He is strong. He can move. All of the aspects you look for in a D lineman."

On if it would be tough to return to LG after playing LT for the past month:

"No, I have done it for a long time. Hopefully, it is like riding a bike, and I am sure if I am playing left guard I will get enough reps in practice this week to be ready to go."

On if it helps to face an opponent he is familiar with:

"Yeah, we see them twice a year and we have been kind of preparing to play against them for the past couple of weeks so it is someone we are familiar with for sure."

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