By Jeff Risdon
One of the biggest questions facing the 2018 Cleveland Browns is how well the offensive line can come together without perennial All-Pro Joe Thomas at left tackle. In the preseason opener against the Giants, the pass protection up front passed the test.
Cleveland’s offensive line did not allow a sack in New York. Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield both got impressive protection and a reliable pocket from the shuffled line, which played without starting right guard Kevin Zeitler, too.
Per Pro Football Focus, the line allowed just three QB pressures on 34 passing plays. Austin Corbett was on the hook for two of those, but overall the second-round rookie left guard played well in his debut at a new-to-him (Corbett played tackle at Nevada) position.
Shon Coleman looked more comfortable in his pass protection sets back, though he did commit a false start penalty. Christian DiLauro picked up a hold but acquitted himself nicely too. Even with Brogan Roback in the game in mop-up duty at QB, the Browns line stayed committed to protecting the passer.
As anyone who watched the game can attest, the run blocking up front was nowhere near that effective. However, keeping the quarterback upright and comfortable is more important. The Browns offensive line passed that test against New...