Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. praises Rams’ Aaron Donald before Week 3 matchup

first_imgOdell on Aaron Donald: “He’s probably the best player in the league.”— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 18, 2019Donald has made five Pro Bowls and won two Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year awards since being drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2014 draft. During that span he has 59 1/2 sacks, 98 tackles for loss and 151 quarterback hits.There is no disputing his success on the field, and for the Browns, the offensive line players know they have their hands full. Related News “He does everything well,” lineman Joel Bitonio said. “People (said) coming out he was undersized slightly, things like that, but he has all the power you need to play that position, all the leverage you need. He has speed and when you think he’s going to try to show off the speed move he can counter with his power move.”That first step has people panic and if you panic you overset him or move to quick and he moves inside you, you know, and he kind of plays everywhere. He’s on the left, he’s on the right, he lines up outside sometimes, they move him around and you can kind of tell with their defense he’s definitely the focal point of a lot of teams and so sometimes he doesn’t have the stats, like, I think he only has two tackles this year maybe, but if you watch the film, he’s making plays.”#Browns Joel Bitonio on facing Aaron Donald and the Rams front 7— Fred Greetham (@FredGreetham) September 18, 2019Donald does only have two tackles this season, but both are for losses. He has two quarterback hits and his team is 2-0. He might not be making a statement to win a Defensive Player of the Year award yet, but he has been more than effective for a very good team already.The Browns absolutely have their hands full and in a spot where they have struggled this year. After trading guard Kevin Zeitler to the Giants this offseason, the line has struggled to find consistency early in the year.Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been sacked eight times in two games, which is tied for the third most in the league, and his performance has suffered as a result. His 38.7 QBR is 21st in the league behind quarterbacks like Jacoby Brissett and Gardner Minshew. When Mayfield was sacked less than twice a game as a rookie, his QBR was 53.2. There is a consensus among Browns players and coaches ahead of Sunday’s matchup that Rams’ Aaron Donald is as good as it gets in the NFL.”He’s probably the best player in the league, he’s been since he came out and was drafted, it’s just been that way,” Odell Beckham Jr. told reporters Wednesday. “If he’s not the best player in the league, [he’s] one of the most disruptive players I’ve ever seen.” Odell Beckham Jr. takes shots at Gregg Williams, Giants after Browns win Cleveland will have to account for a man Bitonio also calls “the best player in the league.” Coach Freddie Kitchens also drove home that fact in his press conference on Wednesday.“Everybody knows this is a big challenge this week,” Kitchens said. “(Donald) is probably the most premier defensive player in the NFL.”The Browns face off against the Rams on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET in Cleveland.last_img

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