In Part 1 of our Cleveland Browns training camp preview on safeties, we looked at the four players who are expected to contribute the most. Today, in our final positional preview of training camp, we look at the final three players on the roster.
5. JOHNSON BADEMOSI - SPECIAL TEAMS SAFETY
Now entering his fourth season with the Browns, Johnson Bademosi could be fighting an uphill battle when it comes to making the 53-man roster, thanks to the depth the team has added in the secondary and on the defensive line.
Over the past three years, Bademosi has been regarded as not only one of the Browns' top special teams players, but one of the best gunners in all of football. Tom Reed of the Plain Dealer explained how last year, Steve Tasker and Mike Pettine both gave Bademosi props for his work:
Steve Tasker, an NFL on CBS analyst, told cleveland.com that Bademosi and the Patriots' Matthew Slater are among the league's best gunners -- the players who line up wide on either side of the formation.
"I've seen a lot of the Browns' games and (Bademosi) flashes well and plays well," Tasker said.
His coach, Mike Pettine, believes he merits Pro Bowl consideration despite missing two games due to concussion. Pettine called Bademosi "an elite (special) teamer" and, combined with Marlon Moore, gives the Browns one of the league's best gunner tandems.
The question is whether the Browns have room for Bademosi, since they've added Ibraheim Campbell and Charles Gaines in the draft, both of whom are viewed as players who could help on special teams? I'm going to lean toward Bademosi making it, but we'll see how things unfold during camp.
Final Roster Odds: 75%
6. MICAH PELLERIN - BACKUP SAFETY
Micah Pellerin was an undrafted free agent who entered the league in 2012 with the Indianapolis Colts, but he ended up spending training camp with the Green Bay Packers. He signed to the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad later that year and was finally promoted to their active roster for a few weeks near the end of the 2013 season. He had a brief stint with the Titans in 2014, but finished the year on their practice squad.
In total, Pellerin has played in 8 regular season games, mostly as a special teamer, having recorded two career tackles. With so much competition already on special teams, it's hard to see Pellerin fulfilling much other than being a third-team safety in camp.
Final Roster Odds: ~1%
7. BRANDON STEPHENS - VETERAN ARENA LEAGUE SAFETY
The final player we cover in this year's training camp preview is Brandon Stephens, and his journey up to this point is a fun one to talk about. He is a native of Strongsville, OH. He went undrafted in 2011 but spent some time with the Detroit Lions before suffering an injury.
His football career was revived in 2014 by the Cleveland Gladiators, our Arena Football team. Stephens suffered a dislocated elbow, though, so he only played in two games. Stephens played in six games with the Gladiators in 2015 and kept signing highlight tapes to the Browns after each game. The Browns gave him a tryout at rookie minicamp, and he was impressive enough to warrant a shot at the 90-man roster and a chance to prove himself in training camp.
Stephens is 27 years old and will be seeing work at both cornerback and safety. As I've said with the other players at the bottom of the depth chart, Stephens faces an uphill battle to make the club due to depth concerns, but sometimes you're only an injury away from being the next man up.
Final Roster Odds: ~5%
Today's poll asks which gunner you would keep if you had to choose -- Johnson Bademosi or Marlon Moore?