2021 Preseason: 5 Cleveland Browns who need a great game vs Giants

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2. Cleveland Browns S Richard LeCounte

Grand Delpit returned to practice this week, only to leave the same day with an Achilles injury, serving as a reminder that the 2020 second-round pick is unable to get on the field.

Hamstring issues have derailed Delpit’s camp, as both fans and pundits are questioning whether or not he can answer the bell for Week 1 against the Chiefs.

The Browns are supposedly interested in playing three safeties on 40 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, so having that extra man to be out there with John Johnson and Ronnie Harrison is a necessity.

Enter LeCounte, a fifth-round pick who was stellar against the Jags. He deflected two passes and added an interception to his stats by picking off a Hail Mary at the end of the first half. His performance was good enough to earn him the second-highest game grade by a rookie defensive back, according to PFF.

The story with LeCounte is the same as it is with Davis. Doing it in one game is great. Now, let’s see it again.

Opportunity is certainly there for LeCounte because besides Delpit’s misfortunes, veteran safety Sheldrick Redwine is also hurt (ankle). I’ve heard very little coming out of camp regarding Redwine.