Browns Finally Sign A Linebacker in BJ Goodson

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The Browns have finally signed a linebacker in former Packer BJ Goodson. The four-year veteran will step in and fight for a starting spot right away. That is due to the fact the new front office let Joe Schobert walk and cust Christian Kirksey. I will bet most of you are asking who BJ Goodson is and why he was the choice on a one year deal. So let’s find out who he is and why he was the choice.

BJ Goodson, Linebacker

Goodson was taken by the New York Giants in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent three years in New York appearing 37 games with 20 starts. 2018 with the Giants was his best season to date. He racked up 61 tackles, four for loss, a half-sack, and two interceptions. For Browns’ fans, the next stat is the most important. Goodson would only miss five tackles in 15 games, 13 starts, for a missed tackle rate of 7.6% per Pro Football Reference. On September 2, 2019, the Giants traded the young linebacker to the Packers for a swap of seventh-round picks.

2019 With Packers

Browns BJ Goodson
Free-agent linebacker B.J. Goodson is leaving Green Bay for Cleveland. (Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal S)

During his one season with the Packers, Goodson would appear in 15 games with nine starts under former Browns head coach Mike Pettine. Goodson had 37 total tackles in 399 defensive/special teams snap counts. While he was only used minimally on defense, Goodson once again had a low missed tackle rate. He would finish with two missed tackles for a 5.1% rate.

The Pro Football Focus numbers look a bit weak from last season, but it was in limited snaps. He is known to bring a downhill mentality and hard-hitting to the run defense. It might be a nice combination with Mack Wilson looking like the other starting linebacker and his coverage ability. A one year deal for a 26-year-old potential run stuffer is still not a bad deal.

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