Next man up at defeinsve end

Once again the Browns find themselves with a key injury early in the season with #90 Emmanuel Ogbah. While the Browns are reporting that Ogbah will miss some time due to his ankle injury others have reported seeing him in a high walking boot. This only leads to speculation that #90 may have a high ankle sprain that could require up to 6 weeks to heal. With the release of Carl Nassib during the 53-man cut down the next tenured player is newly signed veteran #50 Chris Smith who will most likely be the “next man up”. During preseason #50 was able to log 127 snaps and finished with a PFF overall grade of 55.3. While that grade in itself isn’t that high what did stand out was his tackling grade of 67.4 and run defensive grade of 72.3. #50 did have a bad game against the Bills but was able to recover and finish strong. During the week 1 game against the Steelers Smith had a total of 58 snaps so he’ll have an understanding of defense if his number is called. The Browns also have a choice between third-round draft choice #92 Chad Thomas, newly signed #97 Anthony Zettel and #91 Ifeadi Odenigbo that’s Oh-Den-Oh-Bo for those of you keeping track at home. After much of my research on all three players, I feel comfortable saying Zettel is almost a cone player of Nassib and would be mostly used in rotation. But the most intriguing of the group is Odenigbo. #91 was with the Minnesota Vikings for all of this preseason as he was elevated from the 2017 practice squad. After his 4 game stretch with the Vikings, Ifeadi Odenigbo played for a total of 111 snaps and finished with a PFF overall grade of 72.8. With a total of eight pressures, five hits, one hurry, and two sacks most in the NFL media found it surprising he was released. Ifeadi the twenty-four-year-old 6’3 258-pound defensive end born in Bayonne, New Jersey played his high school football at Centerville High School right here in Ohio. After that Ifeadi went on to Northwestern college and did very well. In four short years, Ifeadi was able to rack up 61 total tackles and 25.5 sacks (wow). One sign that I like to see from players coming out of college is improvement each year and Ifeadi was able to do that. Spending a year on the Vikings practice squad and able to play that many snaps in preseason I would believe that Ifeadi will be ready to take the next step in his NFL journey. The Browns will be facing the Saints in week 2 coming off a devastating defeat by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Going over the numbers the Saints have a weak link in the offensive line with Larry Warford at right guard and Ryan Ramczyk at right tackle. This will give the Browns an advantage with both positions for either Smith or Odenigbo. For the Browns to slow down Drew Brees they will need to get pressure quickly as he doesn’t hold on to the ball for long. With the Saints weak on the right side Myles Garrett on the left and Ogunjobi applying pressure up the middle the Browns could see another top defensive performance from the front four again this Sunday. 

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