After having not made the playoffs since 2002, the Cleveland Browns shocked a lot of people last season by making it all the way to the Divisional Round. Even though they were eliminated by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Browns left their fans wanting even more success for the 2021 NFL season. That's why they took a chance on Jadeveon Clowney this offseason in hopes of getting a boost on dfeense.
Clowney is coming off of a season-ending knee injury that he suffered back in November 2020 as a member of the Tennessee Titans. Fortunately for Browns fans, there isn't too much to worry about. According to ESPN's Jake Trotter, Clowney has looked healthy and at full speed throughout Cleveland's minicamps this offseason.
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However, it's not only Trotter that's been raving about Clowney's recovery. Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods is already excited about what a healthy Clowney will do for the team's defense.
“Offenses, they are going to have to make a choice of who they are going to chip and where they are going to slide the protection to. [Clowney] will be a great complement [to Myles Garrett], and we’ll also be able to move those guys around just to try to create some favorable matchups.”- Joe Woods, Browns DC
Myles Garrett, a two-time All-Pro DE, finished the 2020 NFL season with a career-high 48 total tackles, 12.0 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 passes defending. On the other hand, Clowney needs to bounce back from his disappointing season. In the eight games that he did play in, the former 2014 firstpick had 19 total tackles, 4 passes defended and one forced fumble while failing to record a sack for the first time since 2014.
The Browns will need Garrett and Clowney to live up to their potential in 2021 if they want to build on last season's success. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Browns at +1600 odds to win Super Bowl 56, which is the seventh-highest mark across the league.
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