Mack Wilson could be poised for a big second season for the Cleveland Browns, and him meeting three goals in 2020 would show he’s had that.
While the Cleveland Browns should have impact players on the defensive line and in the secondary, one defensive position is a question mark and it is the linebacker group.
Myles Garrett should have a monster season as Cleveland’s primary pass rusher, and Olivier Vernon could be a difference-maker if healthy. Larry Ogunjobi, Sheldon Richardson and Andrew Billings are a formidable interior defensive line trio, too.
The Browns, hopefully with man coverage often prevalent, will have playmakers at both cornerback and safety against opposing quarterbacks. Greedy Williams should improve and Denzel Ward is one of the game’s best corners. Kevin Johnson is no slouch in the slot, either, and at safety, Karl Joseph and Grant Delpit should be positives, especially in terms of their versatility.
It would seem that free agent acquisition Andrew Sendejo is ripe for a bounce-back year as well, as he greatly improved in coverage in the back end over the years with the Minnesota Vikings. His Philadelphia Eagles stint was while playing in a banged up secondary, so one shouldn’t read much into that.
Swinging back, the linebackers for the Browns are the big defensive question mark, though. There’s not much experience there and it’s unclear if B.J. Goodson will be able to be the answer at starting middle linebacker, at least in a base 4-3 sense.
When it comes to the others likely in line, a trio of Sione Takitaki, Mack Wilson and rookie Jacob Phillips are all very young. Granted, the player that could be the most important of the linebacking corps is Wilson.
For Wilson, him meeting three goals for the Cleveland Browns in 2020 would be noteworthy, and we’ll highlight those here.
The first of those goals would have to do with Wilson typically having a constant, down-to-down presence.