Damon Harrison is eyeing the Cleveland Browns
It’s offial football season is back! As Week 1 approaches the Cleveland Browns released their first depth chart of the season and overall it looks pretty good. Strong skill positions, an improved offensive line and playmakers all over the defense.
The defensive line seems to be strong featuring Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson, Larry Ogunjobi and Olivier Vernon but there should still be concerns there. Ogunjobi and Richardson are not a very reliable pair on the inside.
Both are very talented but Richardson has struggled with injuries and off field issues since he came into the NFL. Ogunjobi is good rushing the passer from the interior defensive line but isn’t great against the run because he is smaller than a normal defensive tackle.
It is arguable if this option is more reliable but, former all-pro defensive tackle Damon Harrison recently tweeted he was supposed to be a Brown during training camp last season. He added that he is good friends with Vernon, Richardson, and Odell Beckham Jr. all of whom he was teammates with on the either the New York Jets or Giants.
Harrison, who was released by the Detroit Lions this offseason, has seen his production decline in the past few years in Detroit but could still be a valuable roation piece.
Defensive tackle isn’t the biggest position of need for Cleveland but Harrison would add value on and off field. That is if he has anything left on the field, last time we saw him he couldn’t even do what he does best which is stop the run.
A lot of that had to do with the compiling of injuries but some of it is being a 300-plus pound man and feeling the effects of a pro football career.
He has a considerable amount of time off and there is agood reason to believe those injuries have healed and he is good to go. If he can be even a fraction of the player he used to be he would add great value to the Browns defense.
Stopping the run is the biggest concern for Cleveland’s defense and Harrison would go a long way in improving that. That run defense will be put to the test in week one against the Baltimore Ravens, the best rushing team in the NFL last season.