Training Camp

News & Notes: Browns right guard competition still wide open

When the Browns began training camp last Thursday, the competition for the starting right guard role was among the widest open of all positions.

The Browns are five practices into their training camp schedule, and that still hasn’t changed.

Austin Corbett, Kyle Kalis and Eric Kush have rotated first-team duties since Day 1, and head coach Freddie Kitchens said hasn’t seen enough from any player to name a leader yet.

“I wish one was, but I want all three to compete,” Kitchens said. “They’ve all had some good plays, and they’ve all had some bad plays. Under no circumstances are we able to name a starting guard.”

The offensive line has struggled, at times, to contain a loaded Browns starting defensive line so far in camp. That’s mostly because of the dominance displayed from defensive ends Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon on the outside, but Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi have reached the backfield plenty of times, too.

Kitchens hasn’t given any opinions on other camp competitions so far, either, so don’t expect him to show his hand at the right guard position until the Browns first preseason game on Aug. 8.

Check out photos from the fifth day of Browns Camp by team photographer Matt Starkey

— Garrett has been a constant nuisance in the backfield to begin training camp, but Kitchens doesn’t think that due to a lack of talent from left guard Greg Robinson.

“I think Myles is a pretty good player, I think Greg is a pretty good player,” Kitchens said. “That’s a good competition, and when Myles is in the backfield, he’s supposed to be there. That’s where I want him most of the game.”  

— The Browns have given several players reps as punt returners since camp began Thursday, but wide receiver Antonio Callaway is still near the top of the pecking order.

“He’s doing what’s expected of him,” Kitchens said. “He’s going to be a punt returner. He’s going to be one of them.”

— Kitchens expects running backs Kareem Hunt (groin) and Duke Johnson Jr. (hamstring) to return to practice soon. Hunt is “getting close” while Kitchens expects Johnson “to be a few more days.”

LB Genard Avery (ankle), RB Trayone Gray (calf-NFI), DB Donnie Lewis Jr. (foot) and WR Damion Ratley (hamstring) did not practice.

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