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Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson is entering his second season with the Browns after a tough season last year. Despite missing three games, mostly due to a turf toe, Jackson was second on the team in tackles. In some cases, that would actually say something negative about a team's defense. In Jackson's case though, he simply took advantage of the starting opportunity he was given over veteran Chaun Thompson. With his turf toe healed and his health now at 100%, Jackson is looking forward to taking the next step in his career.
"Being a rookie by itself is a long process," said Jackson. "I'm glad that part's over with."
This season, it is a lock that Kamerion Wimbley, Andra Davis, and Jackson will open the season as three of the Browns' four starting linebackers. The other spot is still up for grabs somewhat. Although it would be expected that free-agent signing Antwan Peek would have a firm grip on the final spot (outside linebacker), veteran Willie McGinest isn't going to relinquish his spot without a fight. The Browns' depth isn't fantastic at the outside linebacker position after that, depending on Thompson and Matt Stewart. However, second-year man Leon Williams could be a force to be reckoned with as an inside linebacker. Still, until the team's unit actually starts to win some games, the group knows that they won't get the outside respect that they're seeking.
"We know what we can do," Jackson said, "but we've got to win some games to earn respect."
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