3. Cleveland Browns S, Richard LeCounte
Another rookie who has been able to get on the field more as of late is safety Richard LeCounte. A fifth-round pick out of Georgia, LeCounte had five defensive snaps in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs but then didn’t record another snap — outside of special teams — until Week 15.
He has 11 snaps in Week 15 and 19 last week with a career-high 41 against the Green Bay Packers in the game in-between. On the season, he has just three tackles with no pass defenses.
LeCounte had a promising career at Georgia but was injured in a motorbike accident late in his career that soured his draft stock slightly. In Cleveland, he found himself behind some talented players with John Johnson III, Grant Delpit, and Ronnie Harrison, Jr. all on the roster.
With both Harrison and Johnson listed as questionable on the team’s official website, there’s a high likelihood that LeCounte will be on the field a lot against Cincinnati, and could end up starting the game for them.
This will be a huge opportunity for him as Harrison is set for free agency and might be on the way out. LeCounte could prove to the staff that he should be the third safety on this team if he’s able to put together a good outing.