3 takeaways from start of Cleveland Browns mandatory minicamp

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Cleveland Browns safety Grant Delpit (22) runs drills during an NFL football practice at the team’s training facility, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in Berea, Ohio. /

Cleveland Browns Takeaway No. 2: Grant Delpit is ready to make a leap

This is a crucial upcoming season for Grant Delpit. After losing his entire rookie campaign to a ruptured Achilles tendon, Delpit was able to make a good account for himself on the field in 2021. But for any player coming off of a major injury, it is not the season you return but the season after where you find out if the player can reach their upper bound physical limits.

For Delpit, 2022 will be the proving ground if he can cement himself as one of the ascending star safeties in the NFL. So far, so great. Delpit has hit the ground running in mandatory minicamp. His speed and explosion are on full display on the practice field.

The third-year safety is the most versatile of all the defensive backs currently on the Browns roster. This is saying a lot considering the immense amount of talent the Browns have stockpiled in their defensive backfield. But so far, Delpit has been displaying his skills all over the field.

Whether patrolling the deep third or playing in the box, Delpit has shown a comfortability that has to have defensive coordinator Joe Woods salivating at the possibilities. Delpit is definitely the leader in the clubhouse to see the most snaps at free safety, a position he played last season due to default.

But it appears he has worked hard on understanding passing lane concepts and reacting with proper angles to be a true centerfielder on defense. Delpit could identify himself as the next player that will need to be extended.