Last night versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, the talented and versatile linebacker out of Notre Dame showed all aspects of his game. Speed, hitting, tackling and coverage skills. I would call him a “freak of nature,” but Myles Garrett would say, “hold my beer.” I’m very biased about JOK, I wanted the Browns to draft him with their first-round draft pick. Drafting him in the second round was highway robbery. He entered the game last night midway through the second quarter and on his first play he sacked Gardner Minshew. He played 47 defensive snaps and 15 special team snaps. The 47 defensive snaps were second-most on the team. He led the Browns in tackles with eight, seven solo, three for a loss and that sack. I think defensive coordinator Joe Woods is going to have a lot of fun with his new toy.
The scary thing is JOK missed the first ten days of training camp because of Covid. Last night he showed his speed and quickness. Whether it was covering and tackling a tight end or a slot receiver, hammering a Jags running back behind the line of scrimmage on a check down play or coming close to blocking a punt, JOK showed what the Browns were hoping for when they drafted him. He was the busiest linebacker on the field last night. I can’t wait until he really learns the defensive scheme. Two days prior to the game, he said, “he felt as though he wasn’t fully caught up to the speed of the NFL.” He still needs to round out his game and I’m not quite ready to call him a star, but if he keeps progressing at this rate, look out opposing offenses. Right now he has a nose for the football and has a knack for making big splash plays. After the game, Owusu-Koramoah said, “I said in an interview last week that I was going to play a lot, and that’s very much what I did,” he said with a smile. “I’m glad I got that experience and glad I got those reps to be able to catch up.” All Browns fans are glad as well.
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