- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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This is the depth chart on the Browns’ official release for their preseason opener:
WR Greg Little
LT Joe Thomas
RG Shawn Lauvao
TE Ben Watson
FB Owen Marecic
Stat to remember: Little was the fifth rookie to have led the Browns in either receptions or receiving yards in a single season.
Best battle: Massaquoi hasn’t looked the same since taking that viscous hit from James Harrison. If rookie Josh Gordon can pick up the offense, he’ll have a shot at being the fourth rookie starter on offense.
DT Ahtyba Rubin
DT John Hughes
SLB Scott Fujita
MLB D’Qwell Jackson
WLB Kaluka Maiava
LCB Joe Haden
RCB Sheldon Brown
FS Eric Hagg
SS T.J. Ward
Stat to remember: After leading the Browns with 8.5 sacks last season, Sheard could become the first player to lead the team in sacks in back-to-back season since Kamerion Wimbley in 2006-07.
Best battle: Hughes, the rookie third-round pick, gets the nod on paper over Scott Paxson, who has been taking most of the reps with the first-team defense. They’re fighting to fill in for Phil Taylor, who will miss at least the first six games with a torn pectoral muscle.
Injury watch: Chris Gocong’s season-ending Achilles injury has opened the way for Maiava. But rookie fourth-round pick James-Michael Johnson could push for playing time. Both could start the season because Fujita is facing a three-game suspension.
This is the depth chart on the Browns’ official release for their preseason opener:OFFENSEWR Greg LittleLT Joe ThomasLG Jason PinkstonC Alex MackRG Shawn LauvaoRT Mitchell SchwartzTE Ben WatsonWR Mohamed MassaquoiQB Brandon WeedenFB Owen MarecicRB Trent RichardsonStat to remember: Little was the fifth rookie to have led the Browns in either receptions or receiving yards in a single season.