Cleveland Browns Training Camp 2018: S Preview

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, Part 2 It’s time to look at the final four players on the
Browns’ roster heading into training camp; Part 2 of our safety preview sees an
explosion of four rookies, all of whom you have probably never heard of.5.
Montrel Meander - Undrafted Free Agent SafetyHeight: 6-2 | Weight: 215 lbs |
Age: 23Experience: Rookie | College: Grambling StateThe Browns signed Montrel
Meander as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft. Meander was
accused of sexual assault in 2015, but the case was dropped. Last year was his
first as a defensive back after converting from wide receiver, and he registered
49 tackles and 2 interceptions for Grambling State. According to Meander, his
phone started ringing with multiple teams contacting him during the fifth round
of this year’s draft. He believes his Pro Day in March, “where he ran a 4.4
40-yard dash with a 10-5 broad jump and a 37-inch vertical jump,” put him on the
radar of NFL teams. You can see some of his college highlights here:Final Roster
Odds: 10%Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports6. Micah Hannemann - Undrafted Free Agent
SafetyHeight: 6-0 | Weight: 195 lbs | Age: 23Experience: Rookie | College:
BYUThe Browns couldn’t afford to have two BYU safeties on the roster at the same
time, so out went Kai Nacua and in came Micah Hannemann. An undrafted free
agent, Hannemann signed with the Browns after this year’s draft. He started the
past three years at BYU, the last two of which were at safety. He has good speed
with a 4.57 40-yard dash and also returned punts. Our college affiliate praised
his athleticism; he logged 123 tackles, 4 interceptions, 14 passes defended, and
1 forced fumble in college.Final Roster Odds: 10%Reese Strickland-USA TODAY
Sports7. Elijah Campbell - Undrafted Free Agent SafetyHeight: 5-11 | Weight: 190
lbs | Age: 22Experience: Rookie | College: Northern IowaOf all the positions on
the roster Cleveland Browns
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pool to load up on the safety position. In an interview with Draft Diamonds,
Elijah Campbell said that the player he tries to mimic his game after is Tyrann
Mathieu.In 2016, he registered 42 tackles and 3 interceptions as a safety. Last
year, Campbell switched to cornerback and finished with 51 tackles, 1 sack, and
5 interceptions. His ball skills stand out amidst the crowd, but we will see
whether Cleveland envisions him playing safety or cornerback as a rookie.Final
Roster Odds: 10%8. Tigie Sankoh - Undrafted Free Agent SafetyHeight: 5-11 |
Weight: 214 lbs | Age: 20Experience: Rookie | College: GreenwichIn May, we
learned that the Browns were assigned DB Tigie Sankoh through the NFL’s
International Player Development program. Sankoh attended the American Football
Academy at Filton College in Bristol, England. He played for the London Warriors
in the British American Football League. Through the program, Sankoh will not
count against the team’s 90-man roster until final cutdowns are due.The
international program began in 2017 and “aims to provide international athletes
the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and
ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.” In 2018, teams in the AFC North will
each carry their assigned player on the roster through the tend of training
camp.At the end of camp Womens
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opportunity to name Sankoh to their 53-man roster. However, the more likely
outcome would involve them taking advantage of the special “international player
practice squad exemption” that they will be awarded. That will allow each AFC
North team to carry an 11th member on their practice squad, but that player will
be ineligible to be activated during the season.Final Roster Odds: <1% The
Browns have gotten across midfield on four of their first five possessions. They
have punted only once.Yet, Pittsburgh leads 14-6 at halftime.The Browns settled
for Greg Joseph field goals after getting to the Pittsburgh 13 and 25, and
Joseph missed a 41-yarder after Cleveland got to the Pittsburgh 23.Baker
Mayfield threw an interception after the Browns reached the Pittsburgh 44, as
Joe Haden had his first career pick against his former team.The Steelers got off
to a slow start offensively, as the home fans booed them. But Pittsburgh needed
only one play to take the lead as Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a
43-yard touchdown to go up 7-6 with 11:26 remaining in the half.Roethlisberger
then found Brown for a second time before halftime, using the Haden pick to go
87 yards in 16 plays. The Steelers converted a fourth down in the final minute
and scored on a 1-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Brown with eight seconds left
in the second quarter.Roethlisberger now has completed nine consecutive passes,
going 14-for-18 for 136 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the
first half. Damarious Randall had a chance for a pick-six on Roethlisberger’s
second touchdown pass to Brown, just mistiming it and missing the ball.It’s been
that kind of day for the Browns: Close but. . . . Mayfield is 10-of-19 for 91
yards and the interception.Brown has five catches for 59 yards and the two
scores.
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