Greedy Williams might have to fight for starting job with Cleveland Browns
Entering the 2020 campaign, the Cleveland Browns looked to be very deep at cornerback and it didn’t take long for that depth to be tested. Before the season began, they found themselves without 2019 starter Greedy Williams who suffered a shoulder injury as well as Kevin Johnson who suffered a lacerated liver as Harrison Bryant fell on him after Johnson tackled the rookie.
With those players out, the defense struggled but found a way to go 1-1. And now, things could be getting better as the Browns got both Williams and Johnson back at practice on Monday — as well as linebacker Mack Wilson who was out with a hyperextended knee. And while their return will be great for the struggling defense, there’s no guarantee that Williams will regain his starting role.
That’s because Terrance Mitchell performed admirably in his absence. This was something Williams addressed on Monday when speaking with reporters as he said he is ready for the challenge as he hopes the best man will win the job.
"“May the best man win,” Williams said on a video call via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “Whoever the coaches feel like should be the guy on the field, that’s the guy on the field. I always competed with myself my whole life, and it got me this far. I’m kind of going to stick with it. Just competing with myself and believing in the coaches that they’ll put the best players on the field.”"
A former seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys back in 2014, Mitchell has spent time with Dallas, Chicago, and Kansas City in his career. He has now been with the Browns for three seasons, which is his longest tenure with one club.
In that span, he has played in 25 games with 13 starts. Mitchell has gained popularity in the Dawg Pound for his physical style of play and has 65 tackles, 12 pass breakups, and two picks while wearing the orange and brown.
Williams, on the other hand, has still been finding his footing in the NFL. As a rookie, he missed four games with hamstring issues and now will be behind the eoght-ball again in year two.
The competition could end up being a good thing for him as he will have to prove himself to a new coaching staff.