Browns studs and duds: Deshaun Watson breaks out in Week 17
Stud: Grant Delpit, S
At the beginning of the season, the Cleveland secondary was under constant heat. They surrendered several big plays — especially against Carolina, the New York Jets, and the Falcons. One player who took a lot of the blame was Grant Delpit.
A former second-round pick out of LSU, Delpit was out of position several times and didn’t give the help to his teammates they expected. However, things have changed since then as Delpit continues to improve in coverage while still offering sure tackling in the box.
Week 17 was easily the best example as he was all over the field and affected the run and pass. He finished with seven tackles — one for a loss — but it was his two picks that stood out.
Not only did they help stop the Washington offense but they also doubled his career total. Not a bad way to begin closing out a frustrating season.
Dud: Kareem Hunt, RB
Kareem Hunt said earlier in the season that he wanted an extension with the Browns, and it seemed unlikely to happen. Now heading into the final weekend, it feels like a split is inevitable.
Hunt hasn’t been the same player in the second half of the season. He finished this one with no yards on two rushing attempts. That makes it the third time in the past four games that he has had less than 10 yards and the sixth time this season.
On top of that, he hasn’t been as dangerous in the passing game as he once was. Jerome Ford was getting more time in this game, and that should be the case going forward.