The Daily Dawg Tags brings you all the Cleveland Browns news that you need to know, including how Odell Beckham Jr. fared against the Browns cornerbacks.
Beckham being on the field pitted him against Browns cornerback Denzel Ward, who many feel has the potential of being a top cornerback in the NFL. There were also match-ups against rookie Greedy Williams, giving the Browns a sense of how prepared Williams is prepared to face off against the top receivers in the NFL.
The Browns players have been embracing competition this offseason and believe that going against the talent on both sides of the ball will only help them get better.
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Today’s featured article breaks down Beckham’s match-ups against the Browns cornerbacks and how they played during mandatory minicamp.
Cleveland Browns News
"Following Wednesday’s session, Beckham said about Ward: “I personally think he’s going to be a top, top corner. … I told him, if you have any questions, ask me. And I told him I’ll do the same and ask if he saw anything. … They say iron sharpens iron. “"
The Browns cornerbacks have been given a great opportunity to match-up with Beckham on a daily basis. They will rarely face a receiver as talented as Beckham, so they can learn a lot during their practices and find the areas that they need to improve.
The Browns were hoping to build up the depth along their defensive line this offseason, but they managed to upgrade their starting unit at the same time. Randy Gurzi breaks down the Browns’ defensive end depth chart.
"With Burnett dealing with a minor injury throughout minicamp, Whitehead handled the majority of the snaps with the first-team defense opposite of free safety Damarious Randall. How that changes when Burnett is back at full strength remains to be seen."
It has been noticeable under defensive coordinator Steve Wilks that the Browns want their defensive to be versatile and to be able to play anywhere. Whitehead may not have a definite position for 2019, but will likely be on the field often and play all over the field.
It is very clear that Browns running back Duke Johnson does not want to be in Cleveland, but the Browns front office may be cautious in trading Johnson because it could set a bad precedent for future players.