Cleveland Browns: Rising star, breakout player, rebound player, and more

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CLEVELAND, OH – DECEMBER 17: Derrick Kindred #26 of the Cleveland Browns tackles Danny Woodhead #39 of the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

Don’t forget about: Derrick Kindred, Safety

Adding free safety Damarious Randall from the Green Bay Packers was a good move by the Browns this offseason. General manager John Dorsey was able to unload a quarterback he obviously wasn’t fond of in DeShone Kizer and in the process, he landed them a true coverage safety for the back end of the defense.

Last season, Jabrill Peppers was filling that role for Cleveland and it wasn’t pretty. In order to make up for his lack of coverage skill, Peppers had to line up so far off the line of scrimmage it became comedic. With Randall in town, Peppers can now return t strong safety — but that doesn’t mean he’s going to start.

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Peppers, who started training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, may not be the best strong safety for the Browns. Derrick Kindred could be the better player for them despite not getting the majority of the attention.

Last season Kindred had 57 tackles and one interception. According to Pro Football Focus (Subscription required), he was graded at an 82.1, which was highly impressive for the second-year player. Kindred is a rising safety who will only get better the more he plays.