The Cleveland Browns had a couple of reclamation projects on the roster in 2018 and could add another this season as they’re hosting cornerback Kevin Johnson
During the Cleveland Browns 5-3 stretch to close out the 2018 season, they had two players who were once considered first-round busts playing key roles. Greg Robinson slid into the starting left tackle job and played well while wide receiver Breshad Perriman offered a deep threat who made some highlight-reel plays.
As of now, Robinson is set to be back and starting in 2019 but Perriman could be on the way out as he’s expected to have some suitors in free agency. Even if he does leave, the Browns could have yet another reclamation project on their hands should they sign cornerback Kevin Johnson who is reportedly visiting with the team this week.
Johnson was originally drafted at No. 16 overall by the Houston Texans in 2016. Coming out of Wake Forest, he was considered a true technician at the position even though there were concerns about his thin frame. Johnson’s best trait was his ability to play in man coverage and he quickly became a starter for Houston.
He didn’t last long in that role as injuries began to slow him down. Johnson missed 10 games in his second season after breaking his foot, four in 2017 with a knee injury and all but one game in 2018. In the end, Houston decided his inability to stay on the field was too much to deal with and let him go.
For the Browns, this could be another low-risk, high-reward move where they can bring in a player with a lot of talent — and a lot to prove. That formula helped them in 2018 and could do the same here.
Currently, the Browns have Denzel Ward, T.J. Carrie, and Terrance Mitchell as their top three corners. Johnson has enough talent to push for a starting job opposite Ward should this group remain unchanged, but of course, it all comes down to his health.