He was the prize free agent in the Cleveland Browns’ 2011 off-season, but free safety Usama Young could realistically lose his roster spot just one year later.
Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journalreports that Young’s status is very much of the bubble variety and that the former New Orleans Saint needs an exemplary final preseason game to make the team’s 53-man roster. Having already been passed on the depth chart by late-round draft selection Eric Hagg, the Kent State product appears to be in danger partly because he has missed almost all of training camp with what he said is a quadriceps injury. Young was reportedly the victim of a pulled hamstring, an injury which plagued him through much of the 2011 season, but this was refuted by the player.
“Being hurt, I can never look at it like, ‘Hey, they know what I’ve done in the past,’” Young said. “I know that this is a business, and they want guys out on the field that can play. I just rush myself to get out there. I’m like, ‘Forget what all the coaches are saying, forget what the media is saying, whatever, I’ve got to get back out there.’”
For Young and teammate David Sims, a player who has turned a lot of heads during the preseason contests due to his two interceptions — with a pick-six being negated by a roughing the passer infraction — the team would have to keep five safeties. The Browns’ roster, currently standing at 75 players, must be down to 53 by Friday evening.