Chase Winovich is quietly becoming a fan favorite for Cleveland Browns fans
Chase Winovich was a name many thought could be a surprise cut by the Cleveland Browns during the final countdown days. It didn’t seem very realistic, as the Browns actually traded for him. He wasn’t a late-camp signee or a guy who the team just signed to fill out a roster spot during the offseason. The Browns wanted Winovich for a reason.
So yes, he missed most of camp but he’s geared to go at the start of the season come next Sunday. While he hasn’t really put his best foot forward during the camp and showed what he can do as a player, he is starting to ingratiate himself to the fanbase some.
Despite only having one year left on his contract, and there being some uncertainty about where he fits in the Browns’ future, Winovich has already put down some roots. He bought a house in the Cleveland area and recently adopted a dog.
Browns reporter Camryn Justice documented Winovich’s desire to attach himself to the community recently;
Chase Winovich’s sardonic personality will make him a permanent favorite among Cleveland Browns faithful
Winovich came over in a trade with the New England Patriots, who drafted him in the third round of 2017. The Pats gave up Winovich for Mack Wilson, a player many thoughts was bound to be cut by the Browns. While he wasn’t known for his pass-rushing prowess while at Michigan as a collegiate player, he averaged double-digit tackles for a loss, making him a force against the run.
He’s had two very good years with the Patriots and the idea is that he’ll get plenty of time with the Browns as the third end. He’s also got a 4.5 40-yard dash, so if need be, he can slot in as a linebacker as well. He’s versatile and a good run-stopper and that’s going to be crucial for a team that lacks reliable defensive tackles.
If his fit with the team wasn’t enough for fans to embrace, his sardonic personality may make him a fan favorite. As Mary Kay Cabot reported, when Winovich found out he was getting traded, he asked the coaching staff it was due to his new haircut.
That type of flippant demeanor in a serious manner will endure him to the Browns faithful who are looking to glom on to any player that can help distract them from the season that will be. If Winovich plays as well as he’s expected to, and brings his unique personality with him, the Browns fandom will have a new favorite player to cheer for.