Browns coach Freddie Kitchens isn't using a permanent marker to write Eric Kush's name on the depth chart.

On Friday, Kitchens wouldn't rule out recent trade acquisition Wyatt Teller bumping Kush out of the starting right guard role in time for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans at First Energy Stadium.

Last week, Kitchens had said Kush, a free-agent pickup in the offseason, would get the first shot at right guard, but the coach made the comment before General Manager John Dorsey acquired Teller on Thursday in a trade with the Buffalo Bills. Kitchens said Teller reported to Browns headquarters Friday and passed his physical to finalize the deal.

"Eric is our right guard as we speak, but we haven't even had Wyatt on the field yet," Kitchens said during a conference call. "So I would say, I mean, my first inkling would be to say yes, [Kush will start in Week 1], but we haven't seen [Teller] on the field yet.

"We've still got four practices to get through, and we'll see where it all goes. Even though training camp has ended, there's always competition. There's always going to be competition while I'm here, and I think you get the best out of everybody when you run it that way."

The Browns, at the very least, are confident Teller will upgrade the depth on their offensive line. They sent a fifth-round pick and a sixth-round selection in next year’s draft to the Bills for Teller and a seventh-round choice in 2021.

Appearing on News 5's telecast of the Browns' 20-16 win over the Detroit Lions in Thursday night's preseason finale, Dorsey said he liked Teller last year when the lineman came out of Virginia Tech to enter the NFL. The Bills drafted him in the fifth round (No. 166 overall), and he started their final seven games as a rookie.

"I think he brings a toughness anytime he goes into the game," Kitchens said. "He brings a toughness to it. I think he plays with good technique most of the time, and I think he gives us some depth at that position in the short term."

He could provide more than depth with the Browns less than thrilled how the battle for their right guard job panned out this summer. They have experimented with several options in an effort to fill the void created by Dorsey trading right guard Kevin Zeitler to the New York Giants in March for defensive end Olivier Vernon.

The training camp competition at right guard began with 2018 second-round pick Austin Corbett, Kyle Kalis and Kush taking turns with the first-team offense. Corbett fell behind the pack and became the second-team center. Kalis was sidelined with a concussion. And Kush emerged as the leader, though it may have basically been by default.

The coaches showed they weren't fully satisfied with Kush by giving rookie sixth-round selection Drew Forbes and Kendall Lamm some first-team right guard reps late in practices. Forbes left the fourth and final preseason game with an injured left knee. Kitchens called it "a minor knee issue," but said the Browns don't "have a length of time yet" for how long Forbes will be sidelined.

Regardless, with Teller now a member of the Browns, a shake-up on the starting offensive line is a possibility in the final week of preparation for the Titans.

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