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Browns have strength in numbers at LB

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Posted July 29, 2010 @ 2:53 p.m. ET
By Mike Wilkening

The Browns carried 12 linebackers into training camp, and seven started at least six games for the Browns or another club last season. One story line to watch in camp is how playing time will be divided up and how the linebackers will be deployed. It's likely that the Browns, who employ a three-defensive lineman, four-linebacker front as their base defense, will give veteran additions Scott Fujita and Chris Gocong, plenty of playing time, the way we hear it. Fujita, formerly of the Saints, got reps outside in OTAs, with Gocong, acquired from Philadelphia, getting work inside. Both were outside linebackers in 4-3 defenses last season. Of the Browns' holdover linebackers, keep an eye on D'Qwell Jackson, who suffered a season-ending pectoral injury in October after notching 10 or more tackles in four of six starts inside for the Browns last season and did not participate in OTAs before signing his RFA tender. While Jackson's a productive player, the competition for snaps inside has intensified.


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