Cleveland Browns No. 2 CB job slipping away from Terrance Mitchell?
After getting starting reps during the first two days of training camp, the job could be slipping away from Terrance Mitchell.
One of the battles the Cleveland Browns will be having during training camp is at cornerback to determine who will be starting opposite of Denzel Ward when the regular season starts. The competition appears to be between Terrance Mitchell and Greedy Williams
After the offseason program, it seemed like the job was going to be Williams’ after he played most of the starting reps during OTA’s. But when the Browns took the field for training camp, it was Mitchell who was working opposite of Ward.
But training camp has not been kind to Mitchell, as he is off to a slow start. On the first day of camp, Mitchell got the opportunity to go up against Odell Beckham Jr. for portions of the practice. But it was Beckham who was getting the upper hand against Mitchell.
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Mitchell also did not have the best second day of camp as he allowed two deep balls to be completed. It wasn’t Beckham who made the plays, however, as the completions were made by a surprising receiver – via Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com.
"A day after being victimized by Beckham during team drills, Terrance Mitchell had issues with undrafted rookie Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi. Now famous for he got his tryout with the Browns, Sheehy-Guiseppi caught two deep balls in one-on-one drills against Mitchell. – Labbe, Cleveland.com"
As Mitchell dealt with issues on Friday, Williams was able to make multiple plays while working with the second-team. Williams intercepted two passes Friday, including picking off a Baker Mayfield throw intended for Beckham during a red-zone drill.
With Williams having a strong practice, he could start to get some work with the first-team defense when the Browns put full pads on Saturday. And that would force Mitchell to have to start making plays due to his struggles the first two days of practice.
After Mitchell played well as a starter in 2018, it made sense to give him the opportunity to try and hold off the rookie. But if Williams is able to string together multiple good practices, it could be hard for Mitchell to keep the job.
Although it is only the start of training camp, the battle for the No. 2 cornerback job could get fierce. But if Mitchell is not able to turn his performance around when the Browns put on full pads, it may not be long until he is working with the second-team defense.