Posts Tagged ‘James-Michael Johnson’

2013 Cleveland Browns State of the Roster: Post Minicamp Edition – Defense

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Tashaun Gipson is the early favorite to start at free safety for the Browns (Photo: Staff Writer: Justin Higdon

Saturday’s look at the Browns’ offense revealed that outside of guard and fullback, the starting lineup appears set.  Cleveland’s defense and special teams, on the other hand, will feature some interesting roster battles at linebacker, defensive back, and both kicking positions.  With starting jobs open at inside linebacker, cornerback, and free safety; and a couple of high profile rookies fighting for playing time, Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton is sure to witness some spirited competition once training camp opens.  Here’s a look at the Browns’ current defensive personnel, and who has the best shot to crack the final 53-man roster. (more…)

Browns Move Forward Without Gocong and Young

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Today, the Browns parted ways with Chris Gocong (left) & Usama Young (top right). (photo: Editor: Brendan Leister

This afternoon, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have released linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young.  Gocong started 32 games in his three-year tenure with the Browns.  He recorded 148 tackles, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and six passes defensed in that time frame.  Young started 20 games in his two-year tenure with the Browns.  He recorded 123 tackles, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, and eight passes defensed during that span of time.  (more…)

Reviewing the 2012 Cleveland Browns Rookies: James-Michael Johnson

Monday, February 4th, 2013

James-Michael Johnson played a large role in the Browns’ base defense in 2012. (photo courtesy of Editor: Brendan Leister

Before the 2012 NFL Draft, former general manager of the Cleveland Browns, Tom Heckert knew he needed to add depth at the linebacker position.  With one of the team’s two fourth round picks, Heckert addressed the need with the selection of James-Michael Johnson.  Johnson was one of the top inside linebacker prospects in the entire 2012 draft class.  He possessed good size, instincts and athletic ability for the position.  The Browns particularly liked Johnson because they believed he was versatile enough to play any of the three linebacker positions in the team’s 4-3 defense. (more…)

Projecting the Browns Front Seven to Ray Horton’s Defensive Scheme

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

How will the Browns’ current pieces in the front seven fit in Ray Horton’s 3-4 defense? (photo courtesy of Editor: Brendan Leister

With Ray Horton being brought in as the Cleveland Browns’ new defensive coordinator, a switch to an attacking 3-4 defense seems to be in the cards.  With the switch, most of the players in the front seven are in line for a position change.  None of these projections are sure things.  I could be way off on a few of them, but I am simply looking at the players’ skill sets and projecting them the best I possibly can. (more…)

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