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Browns revamped offensive line still has one big opening to fill: right tackle

Browns revamped offensive line still has one big opening to fill: right tackle
Published On: Fri, May 19
Nov 22, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) against the Green Bay Packers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Packers defeated the Vikings 30-15. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Browns made a big investment in their offensive line this off-season.

They signed JC Tretter to shore up the center position. They gave a boatload of money to lure Kevin Zeitler from Cincinnati to play right guard. They extended left guard Joel Bitonio, despite the fact that his last two seasons have ended due to injury. Then, of course, there's Joe Thomas at left tackle who is on the fast track to Canton and hasn't missed a snap in his career.

There is, in all of this, one thing missing. Who is going to play right tackle?

It's a position that has been unsettled since Mitchell Schwartz took his talents to Kansas City. (I know, I know, just let it go already.) Austin Pasztor came out of nowhere last year to win the job in training camp and settled in fine at the position. Pasztor, though, has always been better as a guard and head coach Hue Jackson's system favors athleticism -- relative to the position, of course -- out of offensive linemen. It's a trait that all four of the other positions now possess.

Right tackle has become an increasingly important in the NFL. While protecting the quarterback's blindside is still a premium, some of the league's top edge rushers -- think Von Miller or Khalil Mack -- line up regularly where they attack the right tackle. A team like the Texans, who the Browns play this season, have multiple pass rushing threats who put pressure on both sides of the offensive line.

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