This is a preview of the 2010 starting defense for the Cleveland Browns.
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The 24-year-old, Eric Wright, will be the No. One starting corner in the 2010 Browns defense.
Wright collected a total of 65 tackles last season and picked off a career high four passes while covering the top wide receivers on other teams.
Eric also had a career high in pass deflections last season with 14. Wright will be one of the few faces from last season that will remain on the starting defense in 2010.
Sheldon Brown is entering his first season in Cleveland and the hype couldn’t be higher.
Brown is coming off a season where he tallied 51 tackles and a career high, five interceptions, while playing in all 16 games for Philadelphia last season.
Having a reputation as a reputation as a hard hitter, Sheldon should make receivers think a bit longer while running their routes against the Browns.
Even though Sheldon is a large step up from most of the other DB’s on Cleveland’s roster, expect him to split time with Brandon McDonald as well as others on the roster.
Even though I believe Haden will be a starter by week five, I don’t think he will be on the starting 11 for the season opener against Tampa Bay.
Head coach Eric Mangini, has made it quite clear that he does not tolerate defensive mistakes and will most likely go with the nine year veteran, Brown, in the first few weeks.
Abram Elam signed his contract tender with Cleveland this week and let Browns’ executives breathe a sigh of relief.
Elam was a bright spot in what was considered a “below average” defense in 2009 when he wrapped up an astounding 91 tackles and one sack.
Elam also managed to force one fumble in his 16 games played last season.
Abram will a see a lot of playing time up in the zone to stop the run as well as protect mid-field crossing routes.
Ward is coming in for his rookie season with a lot of questions surrounding him.
After having only three interceptions in his college career, Ward has gained more of a reputation as being an Ed Reed type hitter rather than a great cover safety.
Either way, Cleveland will enjoy having him patrol the top of the zone just waiting for receivers to loose track of him.
Coleman will have to put in a lot of work during the early part of this year in order to keep his position as the starting left DE on the Browns roster.
In 13 games last season, Coleman tallied only 28 tackles and 1.5 sacks which put a lot of the work load on the other defensive linemen.
Fellow DE, C.J. Mosley, will more than likely challenge Coleman for this spot before the end of camp this season.
Shaun Rogers got into a bit of trouble this off-season but will hopefully have his head on straight by the time the 2010 campaign gets underway.
Rogers is an absolute load in the middle of the defensive line weighing nearly 350 lbs and having very good upper body strength.
Even though Rogers will get the starting nod, expect Ahtyba Ruben to get a lot of reps because of his better physical shape and speed.
The 6'4", 310 lbs out of Flint, Michigan became a staple along the defensive line for the Browns in 2009.
Smith took over most of the workload on the line, collecting 62 tackles over the course of his 15 games.
Smith will need to post good numbers in order to keep his job as rookie sensation Clifton Geathers is expected to be right behind him on the depth chart.
Even though Roth has gone on record asking for a trade, he is still a Brown for now and that puts him into the starting LOLB position.
After coming to Cleveland from Miami last season, Roth quickly became a fan favorite and yet another name on the list of good talent found in unusual places.
Roth will look to improve on his 33 tackles from last season as he will finally have a solid starting job in Cleveland.
Bowens lead the charge last year in his first year as a Brown. David collected 72 tackles and 5.5 sacks on his way to earning a permanent position on the linebacker corps for Eric Mangini.
Cleveland will hope that Bowens can improve on his 38 career sacks while leading the Browns in 2010.
Despite only playing in 6 games in 2009, Jackson was an unstoppable force whenever he was on the field.
D’Qwell gained a total of 59 tackles (46 solo, 13 assists) in his six games and left Cleveland fans wanting more before he went down with injury.
Look for Jackson to bounce back and get his career back on track this season.
Scott Fujita is one of the newest names to the Cleveland Brown defense and is one of the most intriguing.
After playing most of his career in Kansas City and New Orleans, Fujita comes to Cleveland on the end of a world championship run with the Saints and a lot of experience to lead the younger players.
Fujita was not brought to Cleveland just to simply be a mentor though, as he will be the starting ROLB for the Browns.
In 2009, Fujita gathered 58 tackles, two forced fumbles, and one sack.
Look for Scott to be one of the main leaders on the Cleveland defense from a vocal and statistical standpoint in 2010.