Mychal Kendricks, SAM
Mychal Kendricks needs a good game to thrust himself into a starter’s role once and for all.
Kendricks wowed us all when he sacked Eli Manning early in the Giants’ game.
But with the Browns returning three starting linebackers, Kendricks isn’t listed as a starter as the team’s unofficial depth chart heading into the Bills’ contest.
He’s currently listed behind Jamie Collins as the SAM backer.
What a difference a year makes. Collins entered camp last season carrying his brand new contract. He played well until an MCL injury ended his season prematurely.
He’s making a ton of money when in theory, Kendricks could start at the same position and put up the same–if not better–numbers.
Kendricks gets behind the line of scrimmage.
Remember, Collins was a Sashi Brown addition and again, he’s coming off season ending knee surgery.
For what it’s worth, the Browns used four linebackers one in every eight snaps (about 16 percent of the time) last season according to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, who was citing something linebackers coach Blake Williams said, via TheLandonDemand.com (subscription).
Kendricks is better than Collins right now and he needs another good game to make the drum beat louder.