The Cleveland Browns saw a huge outing from Tony Fields in their win over the Houston Texans
Tony Fields deserves all the praise for his performance yesterday. He had four tackles, one interception for a touchdown, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery all on the day. It was an impressive outing for the second-year linebacker who had to come in to replace Sionne Takitaki.
Takitaki went down with what turned out to be a torn ACL, which means that Fields will likely get more and more reps to close out the year. If the Browns can get him to turn in some strong performances, maybe not on par with his Texans outing, but close, then the team may have found a potential linebacker for 2023.
A big issue holding back Fields, however, is the same issue that Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has, and that’s being undersized. Both men are better fits at safety but if they can play quickly and not get caught up in the opposing team’s offensive lines, then they may both be stars for years to come.
Though, I’d just move them to safety myself.
Don’t expect this type of outing from Fields going forward, as it’s not likely that the young man causes two turnovers and recovers a third every game. But you should expect to see more than just four tackles.
Three other Cleveland Browns with rising stock after the Houston Texans game
I think Kareem Hunt is done as a starter in this league but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have something left in the tank. He put up 74 total yards, and the team needed every bit of it. He had a huge run on the nine-yard line that helped the Browns avoid their second safety of the game.
Greg Newsome’s been up and down all season with some really bad outings at times, but he did come on strong against the Texans. The second-year cornerback really took advantage of a poor Texans passing game and was the team’s 2nd highest-rated defensive player due to that.
Myles Garrett was nowhere to be seen and missed a lot of time due to his bad shoulder. That allowed the Browns to get some more action for rookie Alex Wright, who came in sporadic relief. He was the only defensive lineman to have a run-defense score of 70 or higher (76.5), while playing a good load of snaps. He may not single-handily solve the Browns’ run defense woes but he may be part of the solution.