Lost in all the excitement of the Cleveland Browns extending cornerback Denzel Ward was the re-signing of a solid depth piece in Sheldon Day.
The big news on Monday, rightfully so, was the Cleveland Browns making cornerback Denzel Ward the highest-paid cornerback in the league. But during that time the Browns released information about signing a few more players, one of which was veteran defensive tackle Sheldon Day. Day is a great depth piece for the Browns, let’s take a look at why this signing is more important than some may think.
Day is an experienced veteran that has appeared in 67 games during his NFL career and provides versatility along the line. Of the defensive tackles on the current roster, Day is easily the most experienced. He isn’t likely to be a starter after the draft and it isn’t a mind-blowing signing but having veterans that have experience in this league is valuable.
During training camp and the preseason last year the Browns used Day both inside and outside as an edge rusher. Having a player that can play multiple positions is yet another valuable tool to have in your tool belt.
At 6-foot-1 and 294 pounds, Day has good size and athleticism to provide valuable snaps along the line in a rotation at defensive tackle. If he is the starter come the fall there may be issues but you must always have quality depth and that is exactly what Sheldon Day is for the Browns.
Day also has experience in this system, if the Browns add rookies to this defensive line he will have a major impact in helping them understand the system. He has good technique and uses his hands well to shed blocks and rush the quarterback.
This is another example of the Browns making sure that the depth behind the starters and stars is adequate should they need to rely on it.