…with a lot of them sharing duites.
As we’re finding more and more Cleveland fans looking forward to Browns season (can you blame them after yesterday?) the Canton Repository checks in with some science on the Cleveland linebacking situation. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the only two linebackers that are locked into starting roles are those that were chosen back in 2006: Kamerion Wimbley and D’Qwell Jackson.
The other outside slot will be split between Willie McGinest and Antawn Peek, with the inside duties being shared by Andra Davis and Leon Williams.
The timeshare in the middle may even have a third guy in the mix as Phil Savage has hopes for recent fourth-round addition Beau Bell getting a few snaps. And dare one think that Peek will be handed the reigns on the outside once McGinest calls it a career:
Savage likes the way McGinest has worked with younger players. McGinest could be an ideal mentor to intriguing late-draft pick Alex Hall, who has 11-inch hands and a large frame similar to McGinest’s. Hall is a raw prospect who played end at St. Augustine’s.
So, if my math is correct, we will likely see six linebackers vying for playing time at two different positions this season. This speaks volumes for our depth and ability to tackle the future. Obviously, it will also allow for a few breaks here and there for Wimbley and Jackson.
Yes, it does sound a bit like we could be throwing six linebackers against the wall to see which ones stick, but it’s exponentially better than not having those options at all.
Browns prepare for life after McGinest [Canton Repository]