In most professions, being unemployed is a bad thing. In the NFL, however, hitting the open market can be a major blessing. The best players who reach free agency tend to cash in on the financial front and won't remain unemployed for long. Of course, money isn't everything, and some players simply wish to reach free agency to find better opportunities.
While the Cleveland Browns had added a lot of talent to their secondary this offseason, Denzel Ward is still their top defensive back. John Johnson III, Troy Hill and Greg Newsome were added while Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit return from injury to the secondary, giving a big boost around Ward and the other returning starter, Ronnie Harrison.
When you ponder the LA Rams secondary, you might be a bit concerned when you consider the state of the pass defense for the 2021 NFL season. After all, the Rams lost both safety John Johnson III and cornerback Troy Hill to NFL Free Agency, where both were scooped up by the Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Browns added a lot of defenders this offseason. The commonality with most of them was speed. John Johnson III, Troy Hill and Greg Newsome added speed to the secondary. Anthony Walker and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah added speed to the linebacker group. Even on the defensive line, Cleveland added a number of fast players with Jadeveon Clowney, Takk McKinley and, even, Malik Jackson.
Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods admitted he was so excited on the second night of the NFL Draft that he didn’t say anything for fear of jinxing it. Woods was checking the list of available players and saw that Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah had not been chosen. He knew the Browns had been considering the Notre Dame linebacker and Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II for the 26th overall pick before General Manager Andrew Berry ultimately decided on Newsome in the first round.
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Clowney sees rare talent and athleticism in Garrett This offseason, the Cleveland Browns devoted a lot of resources to improving their defense. They signed John Johnson III and Troy Hill away from the Rams. They brought Takkarist McKinley over from the Raiders and Malik Jackson from the Eagles.
The Cleveland Browns raided the Los Angeles Rams secondary to improve their defense in free agency. Cleveland brought in John Johnson III at safety and Troy Hill at nickel back to strengthen the unit headlined by Denzel Ward in 2020. The Browns now have a strong mix of veteran players, young stars and draft picks that should make them one of the toughest secondary units to play against in 2021.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Baker Mayfield, meet John Johnson III. Odell Beckham Jr., meet Greg Newsome. The Browns offensive and defensive players will finally all be on the field together for mandatory minicamp Tuesday through Thursday, instead of most of the defense in Berea for organized team activities, and most of the offense in Austin, Texas with Mayfield like it was last week.
Cleveland Browns safety John Johnson III, the biggest acquisition of the team in the offseason, posted a story to Instagram that at least suggests he's not vaccinated and is not in a hurry to get vaccinated. There is no question that plenty of people suffer various forms of illness from the second dose of the vaccine.
By most accounts, the Cleveland Browns have had a very good offseason. On top of keeping the front office and coaching staff in place therein finally providing stability for Baker Mayfield and Myles Garrett, the team added a lot of talent to the roster. After going 11 – 5 in 2020 and winning a playoff game, the Browns added speed all over the field, especially on defense.
The Cleveland Browns secondary was … less than ideal … during the 2020 season. Injuries in training camp knocked out second-year cornerback Greedy Williams and rookie safety Grant Delpit for the season. Safety Ronnie Harrison missed four games late in the season after being placed on injured reserve, while cornerback Denzel Ward also missed four games while dealing with injuries and COVID-19.
During free agency, the Cleveland Browns added six new faces to their defensive unit. Although, the biggest addition might end up being safety John Johnson III. The four-year safety has already quickly become one of the best safeties throughout the entire NFL. He somehow hasn’t made the Pro Bowl roster yet, but was one of four safeties to play every single snap on defense last season.
In the Los Angeles Rams 2021 secondary, the franchise has no safety who has played beyond four NFL seasons. Why the youthful representation? Heady and vocal fifth-year veteran safety John Johnson III is gone, having left the Rams via free agency to the Cleveland Browns and bequeathing the leadership void in the defensive back end in the process.
John Johnson III believes coordinator Joe “Exotic” Woods has plenty up his sleeve, defense has talent to be NFL’s best
Too bad “Joe Exotic” was already claimed. The way new safety John Johnson III envisions the rebuilt Browns defense, it would work as a nickname for coordinator Joe Woods. While Johnson said it’s a little premature to tell exactly how Woods will use three-safety packages with Johnson, Grant Delpit and Ronnie Harrison Jr., he predicted variety and creativity.
BEREA, Ohio (WJW) — The countdown to training camp is on in Berea. The Cleveland Browns held one of their final organized team activities of the offseason ahead of next week’s mandatory minicamp. A big chunk of the Browns offense was missing voluntary practice on Wednesday.
The Cleveland Browns are in the second week of voluntary Organized Team Activities (OTAs). OTA’s have been somewhat controversial this year. After they were cancelled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NFLPA President (and Browns center) JC Tretter urged players to boycott OTA’s because of safety and injury concerns.
The Cleveland Browns Organized Team Activities (OTAs) continue from Monday through Thursday this week. We noted that last week’s participants were mainly on the defensive side of the ball. In the second week of OTAs, both offensive and defensive players have been spotted in Berea.
Jedrick Wills Jr., John Johnson III and Troy Hill join Browns OTAs; David Njoku among those with Baker Mayfield in Austin
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jedrick Wills Jr., John Johnson III and Troy Hill are among the new faces in Berea for the second and final week of voluntary organized team activities this week. The Browns will conduct four practices this week Monday through Thursday, and then have a long weekend before mandatory minicamp takes place next week, June 1517th.