The Cleveland Browns are turning to an undrafted rookie who failed a drug test at the scouting combine as the initial replacement for Joe Thomas at left tackle.
Desmond Harrison, who concedes his past included too many actions that were “immature,” will start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal
“When he came here, we were very excited about him,” coach Hue Jackson said. “There were some things he did in OTAs. You could see it. Then it got to be, how bad did he want to be the left tackle. And he just kept working. It’s a heck of a story, but it doesn’t matter until game day. He’s got to go do it.”
The move puts Joel Bitonio back at left guard. Bitonio had moved to left tackle early in training camp. He now will have primary responsibility for Steelers standout defensive lineman Cam Heyward.
In Harrison, the Browns have a player with immense talent and potential, but one who, aside from practice, has not faced top-level
“He’s long. He’s athletic,” Jackson said. “He can run. He’s tough. He’s all the things that you want. He just hasn’t done it yet at this level.”
“He looks like a left tackle in this league,” Bitonio said. “He plays the game the right way. He plays hard. If you watch any of his tape in the preseason or in college, he really finishes guys. He likes to play the right way. You know he’s coachable; he’s learning.cheap nfl nike jerseys china
“He hasn’t played against some of this competition before, but he’s out there, and he’s fighting, and he’s going against Myles [Garrett] in practice every day, and he’s battling, and he’s doing his best to be the best he can be for the Browns.”