It was never going to be easy to replace Joe Thomas. Replacing a Hall of Famer was never going to be. And so, the 33-year-old’s departure from football obviously left a massive void along the Browns offensive line. One that became a top priority for the Browns to fill this offseason.
They tried. In March they signed former Steeler tackle Chris Hubbard. Hubbard primarily played right tackle, which is where he’s found himself throughout training camp, but his presence freed up Shon Coleman to make a make the move to left tackle after taking some reps there when Thomas went down last season.