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Cleveland Browns Training Camp: 5 Questions That Must be Answered

Cleveland Browns: 5 Questions That Must be Answered

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With OTAs winding down, the Cleveland Browns have a better understanding of where their players grade out. Training camp is more than a month away, but camp will provide the best chance for the coaching staff to figure where and how each player can contribute. With so many new players, there are plenty of questions that remained unanswered. Here are five questions that must be answered during training camp.

5. Who Will Start Opposite Joe Haden at CB?

Joe Haden
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5. Who Will Start Opposite Joe Haden at CB?

Joe Haden
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The Browns drafted cornerback Justin Gilbert to join Haden as a future shutdown tandem, but Gilbert must prove that he's worth the top-10 grade if he wants to be in the starting lineup come Week 1. The Browns No. 2 corner from last season, Buster Skrine, is still fighting for the role, as well as rookie fourth-rounder Pierre Desir. Skrine is better suited to cover the slot, so it will be interesting to see if a rookie can overtake his role.

4. Who Will Start Along the Offensive Line?

Mitchell Schwartz
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4. Who Will Start Along the Offensive Line?

Mitchell Schwartz
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Heading into the offseason, two large questions faced Cleveland: Would center Alex Mack be in a Browns uniform in 2014 and if so, who would play alongside he and Joe Thomas? Mack will be starting at center, but the question of who will be alongside him and Joe Thomas remains unanswered. Mitchell Schwartz started at RT last season and probably will again, but the guard positions are still open with four players truly in the mix.

3. Who Will Step Up in Josh Gordon's Absence?

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3. Who Will Step Up in Josh Gordon's Absence?

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Josh Gordon's looming suspension poses a big problem for the Browns. Gordon was set to be the focal point of the offense after a monster 2013 season, but now the Browns must rely on veterans like Miles Austin and Nate Burleson to carry the load at WR. Playmaker Andrew Hawkins would have benefited greatly from defenses focusing on Gordon, but now Cleveland must get Austin and Burleson to somehow draw attention in its offense.

2. Will Johnny Manziel Get His Chance?

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2. Will Johnny Manziel Get His Chance?

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The new regime in Cleveland has been great at keeping hush on its future plans; we saw our first example during the NFL draft. It's no surprise that the Browns have been misleading when talking about their plans for Johnny Manziel, but the story has changed a few times; from Manziel getting a chance to Brian Hoyer being named the starter. It's nearly impossible to predict, and we will know just where Manziel stands once training camp is over.

1. Have the Players Adjusted to the Playbook?

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1. Have the Players Adjusted to the Playbook?

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New head coach Mike Pettine becomes the third coach in as many years for the Browns, and it's crucial that he establishes his defensive schemes that made him successful with the Jets and Bills. OC Kyle Shanahan has the toughest job, as the Browns' QB play has generally been awful since the Browns' return in '99. They will have the tough task of getting everyone on the same page and buying into the offensive and defensive schemes.