Why the question mark? Because the Cincinnati Bengals keep their OTA practices under wraps like no other team in the NFL and there’s scant information coming out of Cincy this offseason.
However, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported last week that cornerback William Jackson III looked like a “lockdown, top-tier [cornerback] in the two practices open to the media,”s Katherine Terrell tweeted on the same day that the 2016 first-round pick had yet to allow a completion in coverage.
This isn’t surprising. Last year, Jackson allowed an opposing passer rating of just 36.1 and completion percentage of just 34.9, according to Pro Football Focus. “He could be the game’s best corner with a repeat performance as an every-down starter in 2018,” PFF’s Sam Monson wrote.cheap custom nfl jerseys
He’s off to a nice start. At least it looks that way from afar.
Just as Buffalo’s second first-round selection is expected to make a larger early impact than the team’s first pick, the Cleveland Browns look as though they’re going to get more out of No. 4 overall selection Denzel Ward than top pick Baker Mayfield early on.
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“Very savvy rookie, very savvy, very confident,” fellow corner TJ Carrie said of Ward last week, per Ohio.com’s Nate Ulrich. “I think that when you come into this league, confidence is probably one of your best friends in the sense that you are playing with grown men. If you are not confident with who you are as yourself, you lose that ability to play instinctively and very fast. As you can see, he played exceptionally well today, had a number of pass breakups, a number of great plays out there.”cheap nfl custom jerseys
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“Ward being out there is because he’s earning it,” head coach Hue Jackson said this week, according to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “He’s working at it. He plays a position that we’ve been needing a guy to step up. We see him improving each and every day and doing the things that we’re asking. He needs to continue to do that to continue to be out there, but we know he’s very talented. That’s why we drafted him. He’s displayed that since he’s been here.”nfl nike jerseys cheap
There’s a lot to be excited about with the new-look Browns, and Ward is a big part of that.