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The Cleveland Browns have added several young pieces to their defense, but no position group has been bolstered by young talent like in the secondary. Most notably, the Browns have two young cornerbacks in Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams.
Ward has shown the potential of being a lockdown cornerback, but injuries have already proven to be an issue. Although he has the talent to be a top-tier cornerback, it is only useful if he can stay on the field.
On the other side of Ward is Williams, who the old Browns regime selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams also dealt with injuries during his rookie season, leaving some uncertainty about how he has transitioned to the NFL.
Today’s featured article discusses if Williams can be a long-term answer for the Browns and what his expectations should be in 2020.
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"Williams isn’t huge, but he is a little bigger than Ward at 6-foot-2. He isn’t the athlete Ward is, but he’s not far behind. It seems worthwhile to let Williams get some time developing under defensive coordinator Joe Woods, who knows a thing or two about good secondaries."
Williams had a subpar rookie season when he was on the field, which is not surprising for a rookie cornerback thrust into a starting role. Not having an offseason with a new staff could hinder Williams’ development, but it does appear Williams is more of a long-term development project than originally anticipated.
It has been almost three weeks since David Njoku and his new agent Drew Rosenhaus has requested a trade from the Cleveland Browns. However, as Mitch Zoloty discusses, Njoku may have hinted about a potential move Monday.
"There just hasn’t been any on-field time with his teammates. That’ll be the challenge Wills faces at training camp, where he’ll look to hit the ground running whenever he gets the opportunity to line up next to Joel Bitonio and square off with Myles Garrett."
Although Jedrick Wills has the traits and the athleticism to move to left tackle, it will be an even bigger challenge for him without any on-field work during the offseason. Instead of having time to find his mistakes and work on them, Wills is going to need to make the adjustment and be ready for the job almost immediately.
The Cleveland Browns have a talented roster, with some players who have the potential of being at the top of the league at their positions. Grant Puskar looks at which Browns have the potential of winning awards following the 2020 season.