As a rookie in 2012, defensive back
Seizing that opportunity to be in the NFL, Bademosi earned the respect of his teammates and coaches on special teams when he registered 18 total tackles in coverage, the most of any NFL rookie, and third in the entire league last fall.
His plan this year is to use his first year as a foundation to his NFL career.
“I just plan to build on that,” Bademosi said on “Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven By Liberty Ford.” “We had great leadership last year, special teams-wise and the whole team. We lost a couple of those guys, so I’m trying to take what they taught me and move forward from that.
“That means nothing if I don’t show up today and do it today. That’s in the past, and while that has some merit, I still have to show up today and prove it.”
Bademosi said he learned “just how to be professional, how to treat it as a job” from the Browns’ special-teams veterans last year, and plans to be a silent mentor for this year’s crop of rookies.
“I try to lead by example,” Bademosi said. “I may not be as vocal sometimes, but I try to just let my work show for itself.
Part of leading by example is doing what is best for the team, and Bademosi did exactly that when defensive coordinator Ray Horton switched him from his natural position of cornerback to safety.
“The two positions are different, but they’re both DBs,” Bademosi said. “They’re both backpedaling. It’s not like playing running back. Thought process-wise and responsibility-wise, the two positions are different. It’s just learning how to be a safety and getting rid of some of my corner habits.
“A lot of the game is played pre-snap at safety, whereas at corner, you line up and you read and react. That’s been the biggest difference for me, adjusting to that.”
Through his work ethic on the field and in the meeting rooms, Bademosi has shown a lot to coach Rob Chudzinski.
“I’ve been pleased with him,” Chudzinski said. “He has taken that type of (leadership) role, special teams-wise. Obviously, he is learning a new position and playing some safety. His approach has been great. I think he looks pretty good at safety right now. We'll keep playing him there and we’ll also get him some work at corner and see how that goes.”
Although he was among the NFL’s leaders in special-teams tackles last year and has impressed others with his work during the Browns’ offseason program, Bademosi knows more work needs to be done before the team reports back to Berea at the end of July for training camp.
“I feel like I want to be further along than I am, but that’s just the way I am,” Bademosi said. “I want to keep progressing. Before we head into training camp, I want to make sure that I know the entire defense and be comfortable enough to just play.”