3 Browns who need less playing time on defense in Week 6

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2. Grant Delpit, Safety

It’s great to see Grant Delpit on the field after having a number of injuries through his first two seasons in the NFL, but he has been a liability in the secondary at times this season. Delpit has been somewhat effective in the run game this year, as he has only missed one tackle thus far, but he has work to do in pass coverage.

Delpit has been targeted 13 times this year, of which quarterbacks are 8-of-13 with 98 yards and three touchdowns. Delpit has also blown coverages in late-game situations, such as the Corey Davis touchdown in their Week 2 matchup against the New York Jets.

His biggest issue this season has been consistency, as he’ll follow up a great tackle with a blown coverage or poor angle on the next play.

Unfortunately, the Browns don’t have a lot of depth at safety, and Ronnie Harrison, Jr. is still asked to play in three safety sets at times. Benching Grant Delpit in favor of Harrison is likely not the answer, but Delpit should consider himself on the hot seat. If his coverage woes continue in the coming weeks, the Browns may be forced to utilize D’Anthony Bell and Harrison more often or address the position through free agency.