Austin Pasztor: I'm focused on improving my game for Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Austin Pasztor has been locked in a competition with veteran blocker Alvin Bailey and rookie Shon Coleman for the open right tackle position, but the specific battle is far from his mind.

Rather, the 6-foot-7, 308-pound Pasztor has a different goal in mind as he works to make himself the best blocker possible for the Browns.

“I’m not focused about the competition,” Pasztor said. “I’m focused about trying to get myself better. The game really showed me some things I need to work on, so that’s where my focus is now.”

Pasztor saw action is all 16 games for the Browns last year and made four starts at left guard after second-year standout Joel Bitonio suffered a season-ending ankle injury in a lopsided loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on December 6.

And guard was exactly where Pasztor worked throughout the offseason. However, over the first two weeks of training camp and during the preseason, Pasztor worked out at right tackle and Coach Hue Jackson said he plans on keeping it that way for the foreseeable future.

“In the spring, the coaches had me focusing on guard, so that’s where my main focus was working right or left, but I’ve played tackle before,” Pasztor said. “You always have to be prepared to move around. In the NFL, you only keep between seven and nine guys on the O-line, so the backups have to be able to play multiple positions. I’ve always had it in my mind to be able to play different positions.”

Although the offensive linemen surrendered five sacks of Robert Griffin III in the third preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 17 throughout the four-game slate, Pasztor drew positive reviews from Jackson.

“Austin battled,” Jackson said. “I thought he battled hard. Really, for his first time under the gun against an opponent’s defense, I thought he competed extremely hard. I think he’s only going to get better. It’s the same case with all of our line.”


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