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Hicks' versatility makes him nice pickup for Cleveland

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By Mike Wilkening

The Browns' addition of veteran OL Artis Hicks after rosters were trimmed to 53 players was a solid one, two NFL evaluators familiar with the lineman told PFW on condition of anonymity. Hicks, who began his career in Philadelphia, where current Browns head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert previously worked, can play guard and tackle and got practice work at left guard and right tackle leading up to Week One. One personnel man, whose team discussed Hicks after the veteran lineman was released by the Redskins on Sept. 3, told PFW that Hicks was better at guard than tackle and had shown improvement over the years, though finishing blocks and handling speed rushers were weaknesses. The other evaluator said Hicks' versatility and experience made him a viable fill-in option as a starter, albeit a short-term one. Hicks started 10 games at right guard for Washington in 2010.

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