The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need, including Genard Avery showing his talent early with his new team this weekend.
Despite having a solid rookie campaign, the Cleveland Browns decided to move on from Genard Avery and he’s already showing he was worth the price for his new team.
A former fifth-round pick out of Memphis, Avery looked to be quite a steal for the Brown after he recorded 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a rookie. He did that while playing all 16 games with five starts.
Then in 2019, he was active for just one game with Cleveland and recorded a single tackle. Apparently a poor fit in the scheme run by first-year defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, Avery was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round pick.
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In his first game with the Eagles, he recorded a sack on his first play and finished with three tackles for them. It’s safe to say after one game, Philadelphia is happy with the deal they made.
That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.
“The move to trade away second-year defensive end Genard Avery was not a popular one. It looks even worse now after seeing what Avery did in his debut for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Avery bagged a sack of Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky on his very first snap as an Eagle.”
The move really wasn’t popular as Avery became a fan favorite fast. While he’s not going to be the difference maker that leads the defense in any category, he’s a good linebacker who was a steal in the fifth-round. It’s tough to see him go but you can’t help but root for him to succeed.
“It remains to be seen who loses touches as Hunt gains them. Will it be starting running back Nick Chubb? Or will it be the passing game, which eventually could mean fewer opportunities for receiver Odell Beckham Jr.?”
Head coach Freddie Kitchens says there will be a role for Kareem Hunt and Florio asks who loses touches. Hopefully the answer is no one. Early on, Hunt will likely be a third-down back for the Browns and due to his ability to make plays as a receiver, he could help sustain drives which would give the team even more touches to pass out.
Right now, Cleveland has Paul DePodesta on staff, a man famous for his use of analytics in terms of team building. However, Cory Kinnan believes they’re not using him to the best of his abilities right now.
“1. Get Baker Mayfield right
Issue: The second-year quarterback has lost his feel and his confidence. I’m not sure there’s a better nanosecond that encapsulates the Browns’ struggles this season than the moment Mayfield patted the ball on the game-deciding fourth-and-4 play Sunday.”
Lesmerises had four other issues he discussed — such as getting OBJ on track and figuring out Kitchens — but this is the main one. If Baker Mayfield can start making plays as he did in 2018, it could mask a lot of the issues they’re having.
It’s clear that whatever the Browns are trying to do, it isn’t working. With the front office saying they’re committed to Freddie Kitchens throughout the rest of the season, Dan Justik says they need to do something else to shake things up.