Looking ahead to the 2019 season, we take an in-depth look at the different position groups for the Cleveland Browns. Here is a glance at their safeties.
The safety position for the Cleveland Browns looks vastly different than just a few short seasons ago. Back when they finished with a 0-16 record, the Browns featured Jabrill Peppers — a first-round rookie — and Derrick Kindred at the position.
Neither were bad players but Peppers was a former collegiate linebacker who was trying to learn to play free safety. He wasn’t really a fit there but with Kindred being a strong safety only, there were no other options.
Making matters worse, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams though Peppers needed to be 30-yards behind the line of scrimmage to see things develop which made things look comically bad on that end of the ball.
Peppers was able to move to a better position this past season thanks to the team landing Damarious Randall, who took over the centerfield role. Playing closer to the line proved to be exactly what the second-year pro needed as he improved drastically as a player.
However, he’s gone now as he was sent to the New York Giants as a part of the trade for wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. As for Kindred, he too is out of Cleveland as he was waived in the offseason.
With all the dust settled on the moves made by general manager John Dorsey, we take a moment to look over the Cleveland depth chart and see how they shape up at the safety position heading into 2019.