Cleveland Browns: 3 early standouts at 2022 OTAs

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May 25, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns kicker Cade York (3) walks off the field during organized team activities at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

Cleveland Browns OTA standout No. 2: Cade York, K

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It’s not often fans get riled up over a kicker but after some of the problems the Cleveland Browns have had in this department in recent years, we wouldn’t blame them for getting pumped about Cade York.

The LSU product was taken in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft as general manager Andrew Berry was clearly done with the revolving door at the position. Cleveland went from Austin Seibert, to Cody Parkey, to Chase McLaughlin — just over the past two seasons. This is without even looking at the issues they had with Zane Gonzalez and Greg Joseph.

As for York, he was the consensus top kicker in the incoming class of rookies and while it might feel like he was taken too high, the Browns just wanted to ensure they got their guy. And as long as he delivers, no one will care where he was drafted.

And if early indications mean anything, York appears set to deliver. He was at work on Wednesday, knocking in 6-of-7 kicks, including a 58-yarder that had room to spare.

York missed just six kicks in his final two seasons at LSU and had a knack for hitting long field goals when the pressure was on.

He also understands there will be challenges in First Energy Stadium and has gotten to work on learning how to face those — which has included meeting with Phil Dawson, who was one of the most consistent kickers in Cleveland history.