The Cleveland Browns are getting things in order for their matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Cleveland Browns have made a flurry of moves ahead of their contest on Sunday at home against the Los Angeles Chargers. The team has been super banged up and has made some interesting moves. Firstly they cut Richard LeCounte and re-signed him to the team’s practice squad.
LeCounte, despite being touted as a potential steal by the Browns in 2021 when he was drafted, never regained his form after a brutal motor vehicle accident. In limited action as a rookie, he played the pass ok but was a hindrance against the run. The Browns are currently fifth worst in PFF’s rankings of the NFL’s defenses and it’s probably a much better ranking than they deserve.
They’re fine against the pass, at least when you consider they’ve played four bad passing teams, but are horrific against the rush. The playbook for beating Cleveland is out; run the ball, they can’t stop anyone.
So LeCounte getting cut makes sense as he’s bad against the run.
What other major moves did the Cleveland Browns make
The Cleveland Browns are also activating Greedy Williams, giving them four very solid cornerbacks on the team. Martin Emerson has been playing lights out and has been one of the best tacklers on the team. It may make sense to see if Emerson could play some safety because at this point the team has no one to really rely on. John Johnson is terrible against the run, with PFF grading him at a 48.8 against the rush, 28.2 tackling.
Grant Delpit is great against the rush (71.1/65.6) but awful against the pass (47.1). Emerson is good against the rush (63.5/66.1) and good against the pass (69.6). Emerson as a safety makes sense if Williams is back to his 2021 form.
The Browns have also released Curtis Weaver from the practice squad and replaced him with Sam Kamara. Hopefully, the release of Weaver ends the Browns wasting money on obvious busts.
The Browns also made moves to bring back Drew Forbes, and place Jerome Ford on the injured reserve. Ford will be eligible to return in four weeks.