Andrew Berry and the new Browns front office completely overhauled the safety position this offseason. They needed new blood after Damarious Randall‘s benching/injury mess of 2019 and Morgan Burnett‘s age showing. Sheldrick Redwine showed some flashes in 2019 but is not ready to start. Juston Burris was signed off the street and had a few big plays. He helped to keep the safety position from becoming a complete disaster in 2019. He would end up in Carolina with a two year $8 million deal for his efforts. The Browns replenished the position via free agency and the draft. Let’s see what we have for 2020.
Karl Joseph, Strong Safety
2019 season: Games: 9 | Tackles: 49 | Interceptions: 1 | Passes defended: 3
Joseph comes over after four years with the Raiders, who took Joseph 14th overall in 2016. While Joseph has never lived up to his draft status he has been a solid performer overall. A lot of the disappointment in Joseph stems from injury issues as he has missed at one game every season. The Browns hope he can break that trend and help sure up the run defense. Joseph has been at his best as a box safety and could spend a lot of time there in 2020.
Andrew Sendejo, Free Safety
2019 season: Games: 15 | Tackles: 45 | Interceptions: 3 | Passes defended: 4
Sendejo is 32 and still productive after a season spent with both the Vikings and Eagles. If Joseph brings the thunder to stop the run game, then Sendejo is the ball hawk. Last season he was just that with a coverage grade of 78.2 and three picks. Sendejo will have to fend off rookie draft pick Grant Delpit for the starting spot, but even as a reserve, he should see plenty of playing time.
Grant Delpit, Safety
2019 season (LSU Tigers): Games: 14 | Tackles: 65 | Interceptions: 2 | Passes defended: 7
Delpit is coming off a national championship with the Tigers to join a Browns team looking to the next step into playoff contention. He will be given every chance to win the free safety job once football starts up. After a stellar sophomore season with five interceptions and nine passes defended, Delpit fell off a bit his junior campaign. He did, however, play most of the season on a high ankle sprain, so that certainly could account for the drop-off. If healthy, he has a chance to be a special player for a long time.
2019 season: Games: 12 | Tackles: 42 | Interceptions: 0 | Passes defended: 2
Redwine performed admirably, considering he was thrown into the fire as a rookie. Redwine held his own in coverage but struggled in the run game with a 14.7% missed tackle rate per pro football reference. While he has some work to do on his game, Redwine showed promise and should be in the mix as a top back up this season.
2019 season: Games: 4 | Tackles: 7 | Interceptions: 0 | Passes defended: 0
Hassell is a gifted athlete that is as fast as a corner and strong as a truck. Unless the Browns make a move for another safety he will have a chance to show off those gifts. He is raw but has a chance to be a hybrid safety/linebacker making plays all over the field. It will be fun to watch him make a run at the roster.
Undrafted Free Agents
Moffatt comes to camp off a strong season as a fifth-year senior out of Middle Tennessee State. He totaled 98 tackles, three interceptions and a pass defended. He will have a chance to make an imprint on the front office. It will be a long climb.
Benton comes out of Liberty after totaling 85 tackles, two and a half for loss. He also had seven passes defended, one sack, and one interception. As with Moffatt, it will be a climb to get on the roster. The best both will likely see is the practice squad.
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