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During our Sunday report about Cleveland Browns training camp, we talked about a change in the depth chart. It’s a topic that really warrants a post in itself, though.
At Sunday’s practice, CB Jamar Taylor was playing the role of an outside cornerback with the first-team defense, along with CB Joe Haden. Veteran CB Tramon Williams was playing in the nickel spot.
This lineup is a very sharp contrast from the unit that has been on the field during training camp up until this point, where we saw a lot of CB Justin Gilbert and T. Williams on the outside, with CB K’Waun Williams in the slot. We knew that Gilbert was only a temporary placeholder until Haden was far enough along in his rehab, and I’ve had my roster suspicions about T. Williams since March. With that said, this far along, I didn’t think a change was coming, nor did I think the K. Williams situation would even exist.
Speaking of the K’Williams situation, Haden spoke out about it on Sunday after practice:
“It’s a tough situation — you’ve got to really love this to be here. It’s a lot of hours and other things you’ve got to put in to it. If you’re not all in to it, it’s no ones place to tell you what to do. I’m here for K’Waun — whatever he wants to do — but we got to keep moving with what we’ve got here.”
That’s are sharper words than one would usually hear from Haden when talking about a teammate. Also, it sounds like he’s referring to a retirement-type-of-situation rather than an ankle surgery — which he just came off of — when talking about the hours needed for the NFL and being all in to the game.
Anyway, what do you think about the Browns putting Taylor into the starting lineup? We’ve talked about T. Williams being moved to safety later in his career, but what about the nickel?