Cleveland Browns got wrong: Going soft
Denzel Ward is the team’s best corner, and frankly, one of the best defensive backs in the NFL.
So, you can imagine the dismay of Browns fans to see No. 21 targeted three different times in the first half by Tyrod Taylor. Each pass went to a different receiver and was complete.
Brandin Cooks is one of the Texans’ top targets, but when Ward was matched up on him, it looked like he was giving up 7-8 yards to the playmaker.
Ward’s inability to interject himself into stopping these plays helped Houston score their first touchdown.
Much is made of the contract Baker Mayfield is playing for, but Denzel Ward is in the same boat. Ward, as the fourth-overall pick int he 2018 draft, will want to be paid to like an elite shutdown corner, and truthfully, it’s hard to argue he’s in that type of rarified air.
He’s still possesses great talent and potential, but there are times you wonder why he doesn’t make more an impact defensively. That said, he’ll make a play like this and you remind yourself that your happy he wars an orange helmet.
The Browns have picked up the fifth year option on Ward, so he’ll be here through 2022. That said, a decision looms.