2. Sione Takitaki
Less playing time for someone in Sione Takitaki’s position is never a good thing. Fans and pundits believe the second-year veteran will play a ton for new defensive coordinator Joe Woods.
Considering the Cleveland Browns basically ignored the linebacking corps during the offseason, with the exception of taking Jacob Phillips late in the third round, any reasonable assumption would lead to Takitaki get major reps, although its’ been reported he’s in the conversation.
Now, he’s still a question mark heading into year two. Like Wills, this is someone we’d all like to see on the field, playing against live competition.
The Browns had to be counting on Takitaki, even if Woods tries to go with a three-safety looks, because, again, for as much potential as Phillips possesses, it’s unrealistic to believe he’ll come in after a shortened preseason (and who knows about camp at this point) and make an impact.
Fortunately, the Browns made hat minor free-agent signing of former Packer B.J. Goodson, because that insurance policy is looking a lot more valuable as the NFL tries to move ahead with the season.