The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including a FanSided story about which players need to be great in 2019
During the offseason, things are picked apart ad nauseam, especially when you’re a team that made as many moves as the Cleveland Browns did this season. After making several high-profile moves, the expectations have grown exponentially.
Of course, in order for them to meet those new standards, the Browns will need certain players to be great. That’s the premise of a FanSided piece by William Schneiderhan who looks at five members of the Cleveland roster who need to be great for them to succeed this year.
The usual suspects are named such as Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham, Jr. but Schneiderhan has a surprise player at No. 1.
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"“Dorsey was even more aggressive this offseason. He traded for Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon, signed Sheldon Richardson and nabbed Greedy Williams in the draft. Now, the Browns are must-watch television. However, the team will need these five players to be great to contend in 2019”"
The No. 1 player on the list is Olivier Vernon, which seems like an odd pick at first. However, it makes sense once Schneiderhan breaks it down as he explains the issues Cleveland had outside of Myles Garrett in 2019 in terms of taking down the quarterback. Not only that, but giving up Kevin Zeitler meant it was a pricey move as well, so they need it to pan out.
"“Sure, it’s only May and the Browns are working through the instruction-laden organized team activities period, but Williams isn’t flummoxed by the defensive scheme of coordinator Steve Wilks. The reason? He’s been devouring tape every morning before practice.”"
Greedy has a chip on his shoulder from his draft slide, which makes him even more eager to get in there and learn the defense. It’s likely that he will end up looking like one of the bigger steals in this draft with the work ethic and desire to be great he’s showing.
In an unsurprising twist, it seems as though Hue Jackson had a lot to do with the Browns special teams woes during his tenure. Dan Justik looks at how new special teams coach Mike Preifer may be able to fix what has been an issue in the past.
After more than a year of showing no respect whatsoever to Baker Mayfield, Colin Cowherd is suddenly the authority on whether or not players are properly respecting the second-year quarterback. And of course, his target is Odell Beckham, Jr. who has been sitting out of OTAs. This one feels like a stretch, even for Cowherd.