April, May and June are the months where bench players turn themselves into role players. Or role players turn themselves into solid contributors, like safety
Here’s a look at several Browns players who could be on the verge of making a jump.
Why: Kyle Shanahan’s penchant for running backs
Lewis is entering his fourth season in the NFL, and so far, he doesn’t have much to show. His first two seasons were spent in Philadelphia as a third-stringer and last year’s promising preseason was snapped in half – literally, when Lewis broke his leg. Because he’s still only 23-years-old, it’s hard to ignore his college statistics at Pittsburgh. The 2,860 rush yards and 30 touchdowns in two seasons are mindboggling numbers. Shanahan has a history of plugging in the hot-hand at running back and Lewis’ shifty cutting-back style is the polar opposite of
Why: A larger role
Underutilized with the Bengals, Hawkins is ready to bust out of his shell. The extra attention
TE Marqueis Gray
Why: Untapped athletic potential
We took a deeper look at Gray in this article. But there are multiple people in Berea gushing about the player he could become.
Why: Increased confidence, new attacking scheme
If you look at the Buffalo Bills’ sack leaders from 2013, there’s a peculiar name on the list: Kyle Williams. The former fifth-round pick went from an average starter to Pro Bowl beast last season under Mike Pettine’s tutelage, racking up 10.5 sacks from the defensive end position. Most 3-4 systems around the league predicate their pass rush mostly with outside linebackers. Not in Mike Pettine’s. There will need to be one dominant pass rushing defensive end to emerge. On paper, It seems that guy could be