Cleveland Browns player No. 2 with rising stock: Greedy Williams
When Greedy Williams was originally drafted by the Browns in 2019, there was plenty of hope that Williams would be that star cornerback opposite his teammate Denzel Ward that would be the shutdown corners and provide the defense that winning duo that would bring glory back to Browns teams of the future.
That promise blew up over a year ago when Williams suffered a shoulder injury where the nerves in his shoulder were damaged, and he ended up missing all of the 2020 season. In 2019 he was the everyday starter. He had a good season, but nothing to write home about.
With the addition of Greg Newsome II this season, the rookie out of Northwestern has provided competition for Williams and had started several games in place of him. However, with Newsome II out with a recent concussion, Williams has started the last two games.
Earlier in the year, Williams started and picked up his first interception in his career in the win against the Minnesota Vikings. In the game Monday against the Raiders, Williams got another interception that seemed like it would prove to be the final big play in the game to secure the Browns win. Unfortunately, it was not, as the Browns offense again sputtered and couldn’t pick up a needed first down.
The timing of the pick-off by Williams as the stadium crowd rocked with excitement was a well-deserved moment for a player who’d worked hard at getting back to playing football after some had questioned his injury’s severity.