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OTAs & Minicamp

Wyatt Teller discusses new additions and outlook on the Browns' offensive line

Offensive line welcomes new faces in the coaching staff and rookie Zak Zinter

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As the Browns' offensive line ran through blocking drills during the first week of organized team activities, they heard a new voice calling out to them in practice.

Offensive line coach Andy Dickerson and assistant offensive line coach Roy Istvan led the drills for their linemen in attendance at OTAs. After joining the Browns' coaching staff in February, they completed their first official set of practices with their new group.

"Coach Andy (Dickerson), he's awesome," G Wyatt Teller said. "He's getting after us, making sure we're running, making sure that we're going to the right places and everything like that. I mean, that doesn't change from coach to coach. It's a little bit of a transition. It's different. But at the end of the day, he learned under Bill (Callahan). So, a lot of his techniques, a lot of his jargon is Bill's stuff."

One of Dickerson's early coaching jobs was with the New York Jets, where he served as a coaching assistant and defensive quality control coach from 2006-08. In 2008, Bill Callahan was hired as an assistant head coach and the offensive line coach, and the two spent the 2008 season together with the Jets. They also crossed paths again during the 2011 season, when Dickerson returned to the Jets as a coaching assistant.

Callahan is now serving as the offensive line coach for the Titans under his son, Bill Callahan, who is the head coach in Tennessee. Teller has received videos from friends of familiar drills they used to run in Cleveland under Callahan – such as ones that involved the heavy bag.

Now, Dickerson is with the Browns as the offensive line coach. Teller said they've watched film from Dickerson's time in Seattle when he served as the offensive line coach from 2022-23 to help understand Dickerson's style. Teller added that even with the initial transition of learning the nuances of a new position coach, the X's and O's of the game stay the same.

"Work's cut out for us," Teller said. "We know we're going to have to work, but we're excited. I think that coach is getting us in the right direction."

Check out the action from practice at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus as the Browns go through organized team activities

Not only are there new faces on the coaching side, but their offensive line also has a new addition in rookie T Zak Zinter – who went through rookie minicamp and his first week of OTAs with the Browns.

Zinter is returning from a season-ending leg injury in 2023. One of the first times he took the field since the injury was during rookie minicamp. Throughout the first week of OTAs, Zinter participated in the O-line drills alongside his new teammates and appeared comfortable in his workouts.

"Great kid," Teller said of Zinter. "My initial thoughts – works hard, coming off an injury, can't tell, which is good. Obviously, he has a little sock over it, but he's tough and I love that. I commend him on that. There's a lot to learn. When I got into the league, I was a fifth-round draft pick, so he's better than me. But he's a great kid and I know he's going to work hard."

Teller also commended Zinter on his openness to learning from the veterans in the room. When Zinter was drafted to the Browns, he understood the situation he was walking into behind Pro-Bowl G Joel Bitonio and Teller. While Zinter may not see an extended reps in his rookie season, he noted the opportunity in front of him to learn the nuances of the league from the veterans.

Yet, Teller also believes there is an opportunity for the veterans to also pick up tidbits from the young players as well.

"Zak (Zinter) being a young guy coming in, kind of learn from the older guys, but also, I could learn something from him," Teller said. "Now usually, I'll learn something like, 'Hey, why do you put your hands like that or that?' And he'll be like, 'Well, sometimes my hip gets open, and I'll go like that.' I'm like, 'Oh, that's a great idea.' You know what I mean? So, there's always stuff you can learn from each other."

Check out the action from practice at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus as the Browns go through organized team activities

The Browns will also have familiar faces returning to their offensive line for the 2024 season. They re-signed G Michael Dunn during free agency. Their three tackles who endured season-ending injuries in 2023 – Dawand Jones, Jedrick Wills Jr. and Jack Conklin – continue to rehab. Jones participated in the non-contact practice of OTAs, while Wills worked off to the side on the field during the second day of OTAs. Conklin also continues to rehab from his season-ending knee injury.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski said on May 22 that all three tackles are progressing well in their rehab but did not have a specific timetable for when all three would be ready to practice.

In the meantime, though, they are continuing with the second week of OTAs and their preparation for veteran minicamp, preseason and the 2024 season.

"This offense, it's going to be – just from the little glimpses, it's potent if we have the right people in the right places," Teller said. "So, I say this every single year, and I'll say it again, if we execute, we're going to be a really hard team to beat."

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