3. S Richard LeCounte II
The Browns played lots of man coverage in order to really test their defensive backs. Some struggled, but others performed well, LeCounte included. He looked pretty healthy as he continues to recover from the dirt bike accident he was involved in last October.
His range was shown off early in the game as he ran from a centerfield alignment all the way to the right sideline, dropping an interception. He then flew in from the back of the end zone to pick off Gardner Minshew’s last-second hail mary attempt as the first half ended.
Altogether, LeCounte had two tackles, two passes defended, and a sack. He’s trying to prove that the coaching staff can trust him not to give up big plays as an angel safety, and any plays that he can create on his own are a bonus. Had he not been injured pre-draft, LeCounte likely would have been a much higher selection, and he offered some glimpses of why on Saturday.
He’s likely fighting with Sheldrick Redwine for a roster spot, and with Redwine sidelined due to an ankle injury, LeCounte took advantage of his opportunity. Next time though, he needs to make that interception.