Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has been one of the most consistent bright spots on this year’s defense, which is a feat based on the amount of talent that this Cleveland Browns team has on the 2023 unit.
Heading into the season, one of the biggest question marks on defense was their ability to stop the run. This is understandable seeing as how the Browns were by far one of the worst-ranked teams defending it last year.
One of the main reasons for this was the lack of talent and bulk on the defensive line, which essentially rendered Owusu-Koramoah and the rest of the linebackers ineffective for the majority of the 2022 season. Needless to say, the team fixed that this offseason with the additions of Dalvin Tomlinson, Shelby Harris, and Maurice Hurst. These guys have played a major role in the team’s improvement in this area so far.
Not only does the defense benefit from their overall talent and ability to shed blocks, but their size allows the linebackers to be more fluid and active because offensive linemen have their “hands full” trying to block behemoths like Tomlinson.
This fact has allowed Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to enjoy a breakout season so far in terms of his overall health and production.
Forced Fumbles: 1
Pass Deflections: 2
Overall PFF Grade: 83.7 (10th amongst NFL Linebackers)
He’s been able to roam free at the second level of the defense because offenses have been worrying about double-teaming the likes of Dalvin Tomlinson, Shelby Harris, and Myles Garrett at the line of scrimmage fairly consistently.
Owusu-Koramoah is an absolute master at being able to knife through gaps and put himself in the best position to make plays near the LOS against the run.
Here’s a mind-blowing stat that shows the impact of the #Browns’ defensive line additions this offseason, as well as JOK’s talent:— Matt Wilson (@CoachWilson66) November 29, 2023
⭐️ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is tied for 3rd in the NFL right now in tackles-for-loss, only behind star defensive ends Maxx Crosby and Danielle…
He’s currently tied for 3rd in the NFL in tackles-for-loss and 8th in PFF’s “Run Defense” ranking with a grade of 83.0.
Though he’s standing out against the run so far in the 2023 season, he's no slouch in pass coverage either. He's able to consistently run with running backs and tight ends due to his superior athleticism and, on occasion, with slot receivers depending on the specific matchup. He has an overall coverage grade of 72.3 which is a top-25 grade at the linebacker position.
If Owusu-Koramoah keeps playing at this All-Pro level, then this Cleveland defense will continue to be one of the most productive and feared units in all of football.
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