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Joel Bitonio | Guard | #75

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 305
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (35) / CLE
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Browns LG Joel Bitonio says he's over the ankle issues that ended his 2015 season.
Bitonio missed six of Cleveland's final seven games. A 2014 second-rounder, Bitonio was highly impressive as a rookie before taking a major step back as a sophomore. Going on 25, Bitonio is a candidate to bounce back in a big way in 2016. Apr 5 - 7:23 PM

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Browns placed LG Joel Bitonio (ankle) on injured reserve, ending his season.

One of the NFL's best guards as a rookie in 2014, Bitonio took a step back during his sophomore campaign, particularly as a pass protector. He continued to earn strong run-blocking grades from Pro Football Focus. 24-year-old Bitonio is under contract with Cleveland for two more seasons.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 05:22:00 PM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio is done for the day in Week 13 with an ankle injury.

Bitonio came into the game listed as questionable with an ankle injury. He's been replaced by first-round pick Cam Erving at left guard.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 02:17:00 PM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio (ankle, questionable) expects to return Week 13.

Bitonio was listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis all week, but he is "confident" he will be able to go. Bitonio's return will shift struggling rookie Cam Erving back to the bench.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 11:46:00 AM

Browns declared LG Joel Bitonio, WR Andrew Hawkins, WR Taylor Gabriel, CB Joe Haden, CB Pierre Desir, S Don Jones, and DT Randy Starks inactive for Monday night's Week 12 game against the Ravens.

Bitonio continues to miss time with an ankle injury. First-round rookie Cam Erving will start again at left guard. Hawkins, Haden, and Gabriel have concussions.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 07:23:00 PM

Browns LG Joel Bitonio (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 10.

Coach Mike Pettine indicated the sophomore could miss some time. Rookie Cam Erving will fill in while Bitonio is sidelined. Bitonio had played every possible snap of his career before last week. His loss is a big one for an already struggling offensive line.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 12:20:00 PM

LG Joel Bitonio left the Browns' Week 9 game against the Bengals with an ankle injury and is probable to return.

Bitonio suffered the injury on Cleveland's last drive of the half. He finished the drive but limped off and eventually went into the locker room. Bitonio has yet to miss a snap in his NFL career.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 09:49:00 PM

After visiting Browns camp, ESPN's Adam Caplan came away believing the team envisions LG Joel Bitonio as a future "star."

The 35th overall pick in May's draft, Bitonio was selected by receiver-needy Cleveland over the likes of Marqise Lee, Paul Richardson, and Allen Robinson. They loved his college tape, and Bitonio graded out as a top-eight run-blocking guard in the first week of preseason, per Pro Football Focus. Bitonio was facing the Lions' star-studded defensive line. It was an impressive debut.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 01:28:00 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he is "very confident" with rookie LG Joel Bitonio.

"He is NFL ready," said Pettine. "We’re very comfortable and very confident there with Joel at left guard." Bitonio missed minicamp after suffering a high-ankle sprain during OTAs, but he is healthy and back practicing. Barring injury, he will be Cleveland's left guard Week 1.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 09:45:00 PM

Browns second-round OL Joel Bitonio suffered a high-ankle sprain at OTAs, but expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

Bitonio, the 35th overall pick last month, sat out all of minicamp and continues to rehab the injury on summer break. It's a multi-week issue and can tend to linger. Bitonio is expected to man the left guard post as a rookie.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Broncos signed No. 35 overall pick Joel Bitonio to a four-year contract.

Second-rounder Bitonio is penciled in as Cleveland's starting left guard, next to LT Joe Thomas with Alex Mack at center. RG John Greco and RT Mitchell Schwartz form the right side. It's a rock-solid unit in terms of talent, and bodes well for the fantasy outlooks of Ben Tate and/or rookie Terrance West.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 02:42:00 PM

Coach Mike Pettine confirmed second-round OL Joel Bitonio will start off inside at guard.

Bitonio has the ability to play any of the five positions on the line, and there's been some talk that he could play right tackle in Cleveland. RT Mitchell Schwartz will stick outside for now, while we project Bitonio to initially play left guard. Our best guess at Cleveland's Week 1 line would be LT Joe Thomas, Bitonio, C Alex Mack, RG John Greco, and Schwartz. Greco and Bitonio could flip-flop.
Tue, May 13, 2014 11:52:00 AM

Browns selected Nevada OL Joel Bitonio with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Bitonio (6-foot-4 1/4, 302) started 37 games for the Wolf Pack, earning first-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior left tackle. Labeled one of this draft's top offensive line sleepers by NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Bitonio combines a physical playing style with 34-inch arms and plus athleticism (4.97 forty, 32-inch vertical). NFL teams worked him out at tackle, guard, and center during the pre-draft process. Bitonio will likely slide in at left guard with the Browns.
Fri, May 9, 2014 07:25:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan expects Nevada OL Joel Bitonio to be a top-50 selection in next week's draft.

That's on the safe side. Bitonio's stock has been steadily on the rise the past month-plus. Caplan reports most teams think Bitonio can play left tackle, right tackle, and both guard spots. Bitonio himself said teams view him as a guard or center. He worked out at all five positions at his Pro Day. Bitonio has a legitimate shot to go at the end of the first round. The Panthers are reportedly high on him.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 05:27:00 PM

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