Andrew Billings, Defensive Tackle
When the Cleveland Browns singed Andrew Billings prior to the 2020 season, they expected him to be the player he was with the Cincinnati Bengals, a big run-stopping force on the defensive line that could eat up blocks and free up space for the playmakers on the outside.
While Billings opted out of the 2020 season with the COVID-19 exemption, they expected the same thing in 2021, this time with more talent on the defensive side of the ball around him, with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney being added to assist Myles Garrett as an edge rusher.
This preseason, however, Billings has done anything but show reps that resemble the player he was in Cincinnati. He has been pushed off the ball, oftentimes, getting blown out of the play by a single offensive lineman. His lack of force and inability to make an impact on the defensive line has opened up chances for other defensive tackles on the Browns roster to make their presence known.
Where it was believed to be a sure thing Billings would make the team, there’s just not much that he brings to the Browns defensive line at this moment that another player can’t also provide. Cleveland doesn’t have much quality at the position, but have several players that have shown more promise than Billings has thus far in training camp and the preseason games.
Billings’ veteran experience is something that may be missed on the defensive line, but he’s nothing more than a liability right now. His play against the Falcons didn’t show any improvement, and thus, it’s likely that his fate is sealed, and he’ll be looking for a new team in a matter of days.