Browns may work Haden in slowly

The Browns entered the offseason believing that the secondary was the team’s biggest problem, and then aggressively addressed the issue.

Cornerback Joe Haden was selected No. 7 overall, safety T.J. Ward went at No. 38, and the Browns took another safety, Larry Asante, in the fifth round.

The kids may not hit the starting lineup right away though, even Haden.  Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer believes Haden will work into the mix as the team’s third cornerback behind Eric Wright and trade acquisition Sheldon Brown.

At safety, veteran Michael Adams may play more than people expect, as the coaches remain concerned with Ward and Asante’s coverage skills.  The two rookies waged a close battle for playing time in shorts and t-shirts.

The Browns defense closed strongly last year, and the unit likely will have to carry the team again.  Big contributions from their young draft picks in the secondary would go a long way towards making that happen.
 

22 responses to “Browns may work Haden in slowly

  1. Watch out AFCN. Here come the Browns. I’m figuring their good for 5 wins this year which will be a significant improvement since the last time the Big Show was a GM!

  2. “At safety, veteran Michael Adams may play more than people expect, as the coaches remain concerned with Ward and Asante’s coverage skills.”
    Why in the hell would you draft them, then? If you’re looking to upgrade the secondary, I’m baffled why they’d choose TWO safeties whose coverage skills are questionable. Oh, well. I do have to give the Brownies credit though–since Holmgren came in they’ve made some aggressive moves and had some upgrades. I think they’ll be 6-10 in 2010 and will look to make a push towards .500 and a winning record in 2011 and 2012. Unfortunately, for my Bengals, the Browns are headed in the right direction.

  3. In other words, it’s a missed pick.
    The #7 pick overall, especially a CB, should be starting day one.

  4. You heard it here first… The Browns will have a better record than the Steelers in 2010. And it’s because the black and old are heading in the wrong direction..

  5. Holmgren is not the GM. He’s the team president. Heckert is the GM.
    As for Haden, do you go with the experienced guy to teach the rookie, or throw the rookie into the fire? There used to be a time that rookies sat for a year and worked their way into the lineup. I’m sure that if he beats out Brown or Wright in TC and preseason, he’ll start week 1. The same will happen with the rookie safeties.

  6. Realistically, not a playoff season anyways. Also, as 3rd cornerback he’ll be on the field alot anyways. Bring this guy along the right way. Let him learn the speed of the NFL.

  7. Art Modell would never have picked Haden. Since Art left the Browns have been a disaster. The Ravens’ receivers will have a field day against the Browns’ swiss cheese defense.
    The biggest problem with Cleveland is that they have such a “weak” fan base and had to have a “pick-a-seat” day to try and get some fans to come to the games.
    GO RAVENS

  8. If anyone who posts on here knows football, you may know some of the following names & what they have done. Wes Welker, Brandon Stokely, Anthony Gonzalez, Hines Ward, Percy Harvin, Anquan Boldin, etc…. These are what, in NFL circles, are known as slot receivers. Slot receivers are very important on passing teams like Indy, NE, Arizona, etc, as well as any team on passing downs. As you may be able to figure, by the names mentioned, these guys are good. They are also normally a mismatch in passing downs vs the average nickel corner in coverage. For the Browns, they will have 2 guys with Pro Bowl numbers covering outside the hashes with Wright & Brown. Haden will have the job of covering, within the division, Anquan Boldin, Jordan Shipley, & Hines Ward or Mike Wallace. Some pretty good names within the NFL wouldn’t you say?
    Anyone remember Leigh Bodden? Remember he had a really great Pro Bowl like year with the Browns in 2006, then in 2007 sucked? That was because he was an outside cover guy. In 2007, the put him up against the guys in the slot & he was often abused. Haden has the ability to close quickly, tackle, & make plays on the ball. As a rookie, playing the slot with those particular skills should assist him in his transition to the speed of the NFL game.
    What does starting one play in an NFL game actually mean? That is realistically what a starter is, the guy who is on the depth chart first & is on the field the first play. As long as these guys are gaining significant time on the field & have the ability to make plays in that time is what honestly matters, right?

  9. Ravenmuscle
    Having lived in both Baltimore and Cleveland for long times, I can assure you that neither fan base is somehow superior to the other. The Ravens have no problem selling tickets because they are contenders every single year, not the other way around.
    Like any commodity, the demand will be higher when the product has more to offer, which right now the Ravens do by a long shot. You simply cannot argue that the Browns don’t have die-hard fans because a team starting Jake Delhomme and featuring no talented offensive players isn’t causing people to rush to buy season tickets in a city that has been hit especially hard by the recession.

  10. TheBengal13 says:
    “At safety, veteran Michael Adams may play more than people expect, as the coaches remain concerned with Ward and Asante’s coverage skills.”
    Why in the hell would you draft them, then?
    ——————–
    “YouTube” up TJ Ward. You’ll see why.

  11. ravemuscle:
    You sure are in love with Modell…why? He will never make it the HOF because just like you, he is garbage.

  12. Ravenmucus…
    Always an asshole. OK…jerk-wad, I invite you to take your opinions down to the Glory Days Grill in Towson, on any Sunday that the Browns are playing. Spout off with your opinions down there, in person, about “Browns fans.”
    We are right there…in your back yard. And you are invited…if you are old enough. Or you don’t mind patronizing a “straight” bar.

  13. Ravenmuscle says:
    July 6, 2010 1:38 PM
    Art Modell would never have picked Haden. Since Art left the Browns have been a disaster. The Ravens’ receivers will have a field day against the Browns’ swiss cheese defense.
    The biggest problem with Cleveland is that they have such a “weak” fan base and had to have a “pick-a-seat” day to try and get some fans to come to the games.
    GO RAVENS
    ____________________________________
    Now, Manmuscle, there you go again. Art Modell, Art Modell. Art also gave you his son David, who stole your original logo, and his incompetence as a businessman gave you your new owner.
    Art gave the Browns such luminaries as Touchdown Tommy Vardell, Craig Powell, Mike Junkin, Clifford Charleton and Willis Adams – all first round chumps. Ozzie Newsome is the man in Baltimore and don’t you ever forget it.
    Stop being such a touch hole and come up with something that demonstrates you actually possess a thought process.

  14. Stupid ratbird fan, art modell hasn’t made a pick since Ozzie Newsome was put in charge. He didn’t know football in Cleveland and doesn’t know football now. I don’t think modell ever made picks. He just wanted to hang out with the players to satisfy his man crush problems.

  15. I like the approach.. No need to throw these guys in right away in week 1.. Bring them along slow, get them more time as the season goes on, and get them ready to be 100% in year 2..
    The Browns aren’t a playoff team in 2010, just make sure they’re starting the last 5-6 weeks..

  16. I see it as a luxury for them to even be able to THINK about having Haden as the 3rd CB…Eric Wright and Sheldon Brown are not a bad 1-2 corner tandem. The safety issue really isn’t an issue, as coverage in the NFL is a different animal than in college. The 2 safeties that they selected will be fine.
    Let’s just hope that their 2nd rounders from LAST YEAR begin to show their worth!

  17. I doubt if the Browns work Haden in at all except for the “dime” coverage. He reminds of Michael Huff who was drafted 7th overall by the Raiders in 2006. The main differences between Huff and Haden is that Huff was taller and faster. The less said about the drafted safeties the better – they both remind of Hank Poteat, although in different ways. Why should the Browns acquire clones of Poteat when they could have kept the original? Prediction – neither will ever start except for injury and they will both have “Poteat” like careers.

  18. Kind of looks like the Browns laid another egg by drafting these secondary guys, the same old, same old, Business as usual , Browns fans know what that mean

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