3. Is Wilson healthy?
There is no beating around the bush, the Browns linebackers have not been great through three games this season. While you can’t really blame a player for being asked to do something, they aren’t capable of, it is still frustrating to watch as a fan.
Teams have picked on B.J. Goodson and Sione Takitaki who both have struggled in coverage. Five wide-receiver sets have often put them in man to man situations with wide receivers, which is a battle they won’t win often. Additionally, opposing receivers and tight ends have been able to find the soft spot on zones that have led to long third-down conversions.
Mack Wilson could change all of this. While he can’t solve all the problems, his leadership and passion will certainly energize the entire unit. After an unfortunate injury in training camp to his knee, Wilson was active in week 3 but only played six total snaps.
In one play that stands out, it appears the Wilson may still be a little apprehensive of the knee, which if true means he isn’t ready to return. However, it is his first live snap since last season, and it may take some time to break off the rust.
Wilson is a guy to monitor on Sunday in Dallas, if he is moving well and can play 50-60 percent of the defensive snaps the squad could see a huge lift. His speed is tremendous in coverage and his instincts to the football are top-notch.