Cleveland Browns: 7 Browns on roster bubble ahead of Buccaneers game

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4. Kyle Kalis

The local product hasn’t been able to play since suffering a concussion during the first preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

He was one of the three competing for the starting right guard spot, along with Eric Kush and Austin Corbett.

While it seems like the competition has passed him by, if Kalis can get back, he still has a chance to win the job.

Kush seemingly has the job right now by default. Corbett’s been terrible. Meanwhile, rookie Drew Forbes may end up shocking the world and coming away with the start in Week 1 against the Titans. Forbes went from playing with the third team to getting first team reps during Cleveland’s two joint practices against the Colts.

The point is there’s still time for Kalis to get back if he can, and make an impression. He can play center, too, and the Browns are well aware of his the versatility he brings.

You might think Corbett would be on the bubble and even though he’s been a huge disappointment, I just can’t ‘see the Browns, with all they’ve invested in him, cutting him lose just yet.

Prediction: Right now, Kalis is out, but he can still change minds. The Browns will keep five starters and Kendall Lamm is the “swing tackle.” That leaves Forbes and Corbett. Maybe the front office views the roster differently. Remember, they can keep five wideouts with Callaway suspended. Perhaps they keep an extra lineman instead of six receivers.