Cleveland Browns: 3 defensive takeaways from Week 3 loss

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Run defense establishing credibility

The Colts have one of the toughest running backs in NFL history with Frank Gore, but the Browns limited him to just 2.3 yards per carry. While there are still areas of improvement, it’s a relief to see Cleveland’s run defense finally growing after years of misery. Danny Shelton has stepped up with a consistently improving game and Derrick Kindred has been a bright spot for the secondary too.

Shelton, as stated earlier, had five run stops on only 19 snaps and has been a force throughout the 2017 season. His large frame is difficult to deal with and often requires two linemen to block, freeing up opportunities for others behind him. He is quick to get in position to prevent lanes for the running back and is as disruptive as they come in the NFL.

Meanwhile, safety Derrick Kindred continues to impress in 2017 as the starting free safety. Not only has he improved in skills in the secondary, he has been a pleasure to watch stopping the run. 11 tackles, two pass deflections and a 30-yard interception through three games are fantastic after a below-average rookie year.

In fact, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano noticed him often, even describing him as a missle.

Kindred always seems to be flying around the field and in the middle of each play. He has developed a knack for identifying the ball no matter where he is on the field. Him starting at safety was a huge question entering the 2017 NFL season.

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However, he has done a splendid job and has without a doubt earned his role.