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His toughest opponent didn't wear shoulder pads or a helmet."Organic chemistry Womens Antwaun Woods Jersey ," the Browns rookie left guard said, rattling off a course he never mastered. "I just could not grasp my mind around it. I pulled 'B', but it was not a fun one."But while chemistry got the best of him, Corbett still managed to achieve "a handful" of 4.0 grade-point averages with All-Mountain West academic honors.Who knows, if things had gone differently, the affable 6-foot-4, 306-pounder would be in medical school studying to be an orthopedic surgeon.Instead, he's starting for the Browns. And passing every test.Taken with the first pick of the second round (No. 33) in the NFL draft, Corbett, who started 48 straight games at tackle in college, has adapted quickly since moving to guard when the Browns slid Joel Bitonio — an elite interior lineman and Corbett's former Nevada teammate — to tackle to try and fill the massive hole left when perennial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas retired.For Corbett, the adjustment to a new position has been helped by having Bitonio next to him."It's been huge," Corbett said following Monday's morning walk-through. "He's just done so much. Anytime I have a question I'm able to ask Joel and he's right there to give me, 'This is what I would do. This is what I'm seeing.' Just all the little nuances of the type of block, what footwork would be best, the hand placement Womens Jaylon Smith Jersey , everything you could think of at the guard position."He's just been there. He's done so much. I just really can't thank him enough."When training camp opened, the Browns gave Shon Coleman the first shot to start at left tackle. When that didn't work out, it was Corbett's turn and that didn't go so great.Then, after being resistant to giving the job to Bitonio, Browns coach Hue Jackson and his staff decided their best option was to put the five best offensive linemen on the field together — regardless of position.Corbett is one of them.The 22-year-old has had some expected struggles while learning his new position. Unlike at tackle, where it's essential to have quickness and long arms to combat speedy pass rushers coming off the edge, guards have to rely on technique and brute strength.It's a whole different world."It's a lot more physical on the inside, for sure," Corbett said. "I remember against the Giants that was my first time going up against 350-plus (pound) guys. That's just a lot of man, so it's different in that sense and I like that. I like getting on guys and Joel's kind of said the opposite, he's like, 'These guys are smaller out here,' so it's kind of been interesting to see how we are both thinking of it."Bitonio and Corbett both can appreciate being shifted around. Bitonio started as a right tackle at Nevada, before being moved to the left side. And Corbett has worked on both sides with the Browns before staking a spot at left guard.Their backgrounds have bonded them as friends and in their playing styles. Some of their Browns teammates have joked they're like twins."Ever since I got to Nevada, I just tried to do everything he did because he set the standard so high and even just watching him once he got here," Corbett said."And so it's kind of funny Womens Deonte Thompson Jersey , we'll watch film and some of our sets just look identical and in sync. He's such a high-caliber player, and if that's what I'm being compared to then, by all means, that's great."And while it's work, Corbett said he's having a better time playing now than in college."I love it so much more as a job," he said. "For me, I was always trying to balance the school and sport side of it where I was watching as much film as I can, but I was trying to pull a 4.0 and do so with some pretty tough classes. It was tough trying to balance it all out, but when you got football only, it's fun."Especially without organic chemistry.NOTES: RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder) and rookie CB Denzel Ward (ankle) both practiced after being held out of some drills Sunday. ... WR Josh Gordon worked with trainers on the side while awaiting clearance to return to the field. He returned to the team Saturday after a three-week absence. ... Special teams coach Amos Jones said both the kicking and punting jobs remain up for grabs.Point/counterpoint: Can the Cowboys win the NFC East? Despite the dismal performance last week - every other week so far the season, really - the Dallas Cowboys are only one game out of the lead for the NFC East going into Sunday. And a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars would ensure they were not worse than a half game out. From a purely mathematical stance, Dallas has a legitimate shot at the division title.But we are not talking about math, we are talking about football games. Winning those has been a difficult task so far, and it doesn’t get any easier in the next few games. Still, they have not been blown out yet, and if they can just get something clicking on offense , they could be in the thick of things all the way to the end of the season. Tom Ryle and Michael Strawn take sides in their weekly debate on Cowboys things.Tom: Can the Cowboys win the NFCE? Well, of course they can. The division is in something of a state of disarray this season. Just getting to .500 is turning into a difficult task for all four teams in the conference. And they already have one conference win over the New York Giants in the bank. The problem right now is the malaise on offense, and while the challenges there are certainly real, they still have Ezekiel Elliott. Just a little more out of the passing game, plus some continued good play on defense, and they can get some more games in the win column. In a division where everyone is currently on pace to be .500 or worse, you simply can’t count them out.Michael: Yes, everything you say is true. But it’s safe to assume that some team from the East will get their act together and win 10-11 games. The Eagles are the most likely but there’s other candidates as well. It’s just hard for me to envision the Cowboys being that team. The offensive woes are persistent, systemic and well-documented. And recently the defense hasn’t looked any better than the mediocre unit we’ve become accustomed to under the entire Garrett regime. I just don’t see Dallas being the team that puts the pieces together.Tom: There isn’t a lot of faith in the team right now, but is that really justified? They did seem to put things together a bit against the Detroit Lions. And something that has been largely unnoticed is that they are playing better at home than on the road for a change. That should give us some hope against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stepping back a bit, we are seeing a lot of panic over another disappointing performance, but a win will restore at least some of that. A lot of it depends on whether you believe Dak Prescott can play better, and I am one who think he is capable of doing so. As far as another team getting it together, the Dallas fan base is a bit unusual in that we seem to see just about every other team being better at, well, everything than our own. It may be just an optimism that will be shattered soon , but I think this team can gut things out and start getting more right and be in contention with the other teams in the division, who are all also having some up and down swings.Michael: The word that springs to mind is “faith”. The Cowboys definitely could be the team that’s figured it out. The OL could stop forgetting to block the MLB. The WRs could start catching the relatively few balls that hit them in the hands. Dak Prescott could remember his fundamentals and start throwing an accurate ball.Any one of those things happening isn’t far-fetched. But all or nearly all of them happening requires, well, a whole lot of faith that I just don’t have.Tom: That is one way I see things differently, because if one of those things happen, it will help the others. The team needs to improve a lot of things, but just one or two would improve the chances of winning. I think they will find a solution to one of those problems, and that will lead to another a bit afterwards. And in a division where everyone is having issues, that could be enough. This is just one year where you can’t count anyone out until they are eliminated - and that includes the Cowboys.Michael: As always, very valid points. I’m just not sure even that’s enough. The offense needs to improve significantly just to become a top 20 offense . . . and that’s not very good. So even if the team can improve on the offensive side of the ball it doesn’t mean they’re “good”, just that they’re not “terrible”. Add the fact the defense has been revealed as more like past mediocre units than the allegedly “top five” unit some believed it was earlier in the year and I feel the obstacles are simply too great to overcome.There are our takes. You probably have your own.
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