After starting training camp working with the second-team defense, Greedy Williams’s strong start to camp earned him reps with the starting defense.
When the Cleveland Browns opened their training camp, it seemed like Greedy Williams was in good position to start the season as the starting cornerback opposite of Denzel Ward. During OTA’s, Williams saw extended time with the first-team defense.
But when the Browns took the field to start training camp, it was Terrance Mitchell who was working as the No. 2 cornerback, with Williams on the second-team defense.
It did not take long before Williams worked his way back to playing reps with the first-team defense, as he took some snaps with the starting defense during Saturday’s practice. The starting reps come one day after a strong practice, which included two interceptions.
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During Saturday’s practice, Williams went head-to-head with Odell Beckham Jr. and was able to run stride for stride with the star wide receiver. Although the ball was not thrown Beckham’s way, Williams’ tight coverage with the star wide receiver showed off his speed to stick with Beckham.
As Williams has been making plays during the start of training camp, the same could not be said about Mitchell. During the first two days of practice, Mitchell allowed multiple big plays to Beckham and Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi.
Mitchell and Williams will likely be locked into a battle for most of training camp to determine who will be the starter opposite of Ward. But with the Browns likely playing with a fifth defensive back primarily during the season, whoever loses the competition will likely see a lot of snaps as a nickel corner.
But the coaching staff has obviously taken notice of Wlliams’ strong start to training camp. And the more time Williams gets to work against Beckham and Jarvis Landry, the more he will learn and prepare him for his rookie season.
The Browns will be moving the players around a lot and putting them into different personnel groups during training camp. But after making several plays during the first days of training camp, Greedy Williams is putting himself in position to have a chance at starting during the regular season.