Andrew Berry: Takk McKinley fits nicely with what we want on our defensive line

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The Browns have made several moves in free agency to improve their defense, one of which was signing Takk McKinley to a one-year, $4 million deal.

The former first-round pick has not played up to his draft status, and the Falcons waived him midway through last season. Though the Raiders picked McKinley up, the D-lineman did not end up appearing in a game for Las Vegas.

So now McKinley is in Cleveland, and he can slot opposite the team’s best defensive player, Myles Garrett.

“We view Takk as a young edge player with a very high motor,” Browns G.M. Andrew Berry said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “He’s got speed, he has power and he has quickness. He really plays with his hair on fire. He had a really strong start to his career, and I know the past couple years he’s dealt with a few injuries, but we think his playing style and skillset marries really nicely with what we look for out of our defensive ends in this system, and he’s a guy we think really has a ton of upside and fits nicely with what we want to do on the defensive line.”

McKinley played just four games last year recording one sack, seven quarterback hits, and one tackle for loss. In 49 career games, McKinley has 17.5 sacks, 22 tackles for loss, and 45 QB hits.

11 responses to “Andrew Berry: Takk McKinley fits nicely with what we want on our defensive line

  1. If a guy that whines, constantly gets hurt, gives up on plays and hardly ever actually sacks the QB is what ‘fits’ on your line then I wager it will be a long season in CLE. Shocked he is still in the league actually, what a bust.

  2. Budget signing with low risk. Wanted Dupree even if he was not a fit, but Titans made it real easy for him to sign there.

  3. FA with high motor & hair on fire…..that must mean they’re drafting a football junkie & a mad dog in a meat market

  4. Yes, a low risk, high reward signing. I believe Berry…..I believe he has abilities that align very well with what Joe Woods defense looks for. Disrupt the QB….. we will see

  5. After the 2020 season no-one should question the Browns analytics ever again. All the articles last off season about how analytics would never work in the NFL and how their coach would have to answer to a bunch of computer nerds and fast forward the Browns were one play from the AFC title game and their rookie coach was coach of the year their first year letting the analytics guys take over.

    If the Harvard prodigy says McKinley is a fit for what they want to do he will probably be comeback player of the year at this point.

  6. I like the signing and I like Berry’s comments.

    This is a young man with a lot of potential. A change of scenery and a vote of confidence from the management and coaching staff might be what he needs to realize that potential. Also, it doesn’t hurt the Myles Garrett will be drawing most of the attention and freeing up Takk to have one-on-one matchups. Let’s see what he can do. I am optimistic!

  7. harnessb1tch says:
    March 26, 2021 at 9:37 am
    If a guy that whines, constantly gets hurt, gives up on plays and hardly ever actually sacks the QB is what ‘fits’ on your line then I wager it will be a long season in CLE. Shocked he is still in the league actually, what a bust.

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    The first part of this comment is basically an accurate description of what Takk was like in ATL.

    Maybe he needs a fresh start and can perform well with the right set of complements in CLE. But so far, his high draft pedigree is about all there is to recommend him.

    Time will tell.

  8. The Browns are improving every day. They’re signing a lot of good players. What I love about Jimmy Haslam is he never quit. He’s been trying to build a front office for years, and he’s finally got it figured out.

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