Cleveland Browns falling stock No. 3: Greedy Williams
This season has been one of comeback and success for Greedy Williams. After being unable to stay healthy and see significant game action his first several seasons, the Browns opted to draft another cornerback, Greg Newsome II, to play opposite Denzel Ward, someone they see as a franchise, shutdown cornerback. Even while not being a starter, Williams has seen more playtime this year than expected, due to injuries to Newsome, and has made the most of his opportunities.
On Sunday, however, Williams struggled a bit, especially when tasked with covering Ravens rookie receiver Rashod Bateman. Bateman finished the day with seven receptions for 103 yards, including a 30-yard reception that set them up for a touchdown to make the score 24-22.
Williams does provide good depth at the cornerback position coming off the bench, which has been instrumental this season, as the Browns still struggle with injuries from their starters at that position. Having a former first-round draft pick as your third-string cornerback is a really nice luxury to have.
However, if he continues to struggle with the best receivers of the AFC North, especially if asked to fill in more often, he may end up finding himself deeper down the depth chart, or even off the team in the future.
While the latter of those two options isn’t likely, especially in the short term, the former is, as the Browns could look to find a better depth option at cornerback beyond Williams.