Can Tyeler Davison help fix Browns run defense issues?

Browns, Tyeler Davison. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Browns, Tyeler Davison. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cleveland Browns run defense has been awful so far this season and has to make changes, could newly signed Tyeler Davison help fix those issues?

The Cleveland Browns defensive issues stopping the run continued Sunday against the L.A. Chargers when they saw a second consecutive team rush for over 200 yards against them. This was after the Chargers hadn’t been a team to put up a ton of yardage on the ground during their first four games. But they did whatever they wanted on the ground against Cleveland and that’s starting to be a theme.

After Sunday’s loss general manager Andrew Berry finalized a trade for linebacker Deion Jones in the hope of helping fix their woes. But on Tuesday a move made to clearly try and help the run defense specifically was made when defensive tackle Tyeler Davison was signed to the practice squad.

Davison fits the build of a defensive tackle whose job it is to eat blocks and fill rush lanes standing at 6-foot-2 and 309 pounds. So far in 2022, the Browns defensive tackles have regularly been driven five or more yards off the ball in the run game resulting in massive rushing lanes. Davison’s size and strength make him a great candidate to not be driven back and keep his linebackers clean to make plays.

Davison isn’t an All-Pro level player but for the role, the Browns are missing he is more than capable of playing 15-20 snaps of solid run defense. He has started 86 games in the NFL with the Falcons and Saints and provides plenty of experience to a young struggling defensive tackle room.

No, he won’t fix everything on his own but he should be an upgrade on early downs for a team that needs any kind of spark they can get.

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