After a lackluster rookie season, Chad Thomas has emerged as a valuable asset for the Cleveland Browns' defense. His emergence as a player the Browns can rely on puts the Browns in a good position for 2020.
The Cleveland Browns 2019 season has not been what many fans have expected and hoped for. However, there still are some silver linings to this season. One has been the emergence of Chad Thomas (also known as Majornine) as a valuable backup for the Browns.
While some last season were ready to abandon the rookie from the University of Miami last season, some fans like myself thought that it was too early to count him as a bust. John Dorsey and company felt the same way, as he earned another year on the Browns, and has not disappointed.
Throughout the season he has earned more and more snaps each week and has been making them count. He has logged four sacks on the year so far, along with six tackles for loss, 20 tackles overall, and a fumble recovery.
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He has played in every game, earning five starts over the past five games due to injuries and Myles Garrett's suspension, with the majority of his stats being recorded in those starts.
Over the past five weeks as a starter, he's recorded three sacks, 11 total tackles, and five tackles for loss. What's even more impressive about those stats is that two of the three sacks have come in the games against the Steelers.
His four sacks rank third on the team overall, and his four QB hits are tied for fifth with Joe Schobert. You would like to see more production out of the Browns pass rush as a whole, but Chad Thomas has played his role and played it well.
Realistically, the Browns plan should have always been to make this season a development year to test the waters for how good this team can truly be. Playoffs are always the goal, but they should not hang their heads for the current 6-7 record. Players like Chad Thomas have emerged to provide the much-needed depth the team will need in 2020.
The upcoming offseason will provide John Dorsey with some very interesting tasks, such as finding some new offensive tackles and finding defensive line depth to back up the four solidified starters the team already has. If only one thing has been proven this season, it is that Chad Thomas is part of the answer for the team's needed defensive line depth, and should be a Cleveland Brown for the next few years.
Who knows, if he takes another leap in his development the same size he took this year, he could end up cracking the starting lineup in 2020.