Cleveland Browns Training Camp 2018: LB Preview

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Cleveland Browns Training Camp 2018: LB Preview

Postby liny195 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:54 am

Cleveland Browns Hoodie , Part 2 After covering the top four linebackers on the Cleveland Browns, it’s time to look at the players with the best shot at landing a depth role heading into training camp.Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports5. James Burgess - Backup Outside LinebackerHeight: 6-0 | Weight: 230 lbs | Age: 24Experience: 2 years | College: LouisvilleJames Burgess was one of my darkhorse players to make the roster last season. He ended up playing in 14 games (9 starts), registering 75 tackles and 4 sacks. At first, he was utilized as an extra linebacker in nickel passing situations before taking over for Jamie Collins during his injuries.Burgess exceeded expectations, even playing a little better than Collins had been at times. However Customized Cleveland Browns Jerseys , things won’t be handed to him this year with the addition of Mychal Kendricks and the drafting of Genard Avery. Cleveland only regularly played four linebackers in 2017, so Burgess needs to do everything he can to show he’ll make the most of his reps if the team can find him a niche role. I still believe the team likes his abilities in coverage, something he can key in on this preseason.Final Roster Odds: 90%Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports6. Genard Avery - Rookie Middle LinebackerHeight: 6-0 | Weight: 250 lbs | Age: 23Experience: Rookie | College: MemphisGenard Avery was a 5th round pick by the Browns. Many people were high on him for his potential to be a factor at the middle linebacker position. Hue Jackson already said that they are going to start him off at the MIKE, where he will bring a pass-rushing presence.Pro Football Focus said that Avery “had the highest pass-rushing grade in the class (83.5) at his position, more than 6.5 points higher than the next closest.” If Cleveland does like I think they will and cuts back on having two linebackers each play 100% of the snaps , then Avery will be able to fill in for Joe Schobert in some downhill passing situations.Final Roster Odds: 95%Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports7. B.J. Bello - Backup Outside LinebackerHeight: 6-3 | Weight: 229 lbs | Age: 23Experience: 2 years | College: Illinois StateB.J. Bello was another young player who cracked the roster in 2017 for a depth role. He played in all 16 games, but was primarily on special teams and saw very few snaps defensively. He finished the year with 6 tackles.Bello faces an uphill battle to make the roster, already buried at seventh on our preview list due to two new additions in the offseason. His best shot at making the 53-man roster will be if a player in front of him gets hurt, or if he really makes a strong impression on special teams. Last October, an article was published on Bello Cleveland Browns T-Shirt , highlighting his background. He, like many undrafted players, chose to sign with Cleveland because he felt it was his best chance at making a roster at the time.Final Roster Odds: 25%Daily Dawg Chow: Browns news (8/3/18) Cleveland Browns:“Browns guard Zeitler sidelined with calf injury” (AP) - “Zeitler will miss several weeks of training camp because of a calf injury. The 28-year-old Zeitler did not practice Thursday, one day after being hurt and walking off the field with a trainer.”“David Njoku still working to overcome dropped passes” (ABJ) - “It happened in 2017 about three months after the Browns drafted him 29th overall. And it became glaring again Sunday when he dropped four passes.”“Intriguing Browns TE brings LeBron James’ size, hoops background” (Canton Rep) - “The 2017 Browns too often got torched by tight ends Cleveland Browns Hats , but don’t blame ‘Kirko.’ Linebackers coach Blake Williams said linebacker Christian Kirksey more than did his job.”“Jabrill Peppers: I need ‘year of production’ with Cleveland Browns” (WKYC) - “Jabrill Peppers is a competitor to the core, and that is why the first week of training camp was so difficult for the second-year defensive back.”“What was the plan for the Browns offensive line?” (WFNY) - “The Browns offensive line lost a legend in left tackle Joe Thomas this offseason, but the way the team responded to the retirement has been an absolute debacle.”NFL:“Steelers send Antonio Brown to Pittsburgh for injury evaluation” (ESPN) - “The Steelers have sent All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown to Pittsburgh for injury evaluation. Coach Mike Tomlin did not specify the body part that was injured...”“What we learned from Bears vs. Ravens in HOF Game” ( - “Lamar Jackson didn’t divert from the widely held prognostication that he’ll be backing up Flacco at the start of the season.”“Ezekiel Elliott is sued for 2017 car accident” (PFT) - “In early 2017, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in an automobile accident. The person in the other car has now sued Elliott to obtain compensation for his injuries.”

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