The Cleveland Browns invested a third-round pick in cornerback Leon McFadden and had hoped that the rookie would be able to add to their already talented defensive backfield.
So far this season, McFadden has not had a big role, but we can expect to see more from the rookie in Week 11 as the team comes out of their bye week.
I’ve been thinking the same thing myself, and defensive coordinator Ray Horton addressed it in his bye-week presser. He said McFadden is ready to be thrown onto the field, and when it happens, “I have complete confidence in him. … No reservations whatsoever. He’s ready to play just as (reserve linebackers) Eric Martin and Paul Hazel. Depth is great on our team and I have complete confidence in every single guy that puts on a hat, and when it’s his turn to go in there, they have to be ready for it, and he is one of those guys.” So look for some McFadden down the stretch.
This is the kind of news that the fans like to hear, especially when your team spends such a large investment on a young player.
If McFadden can come out and fit right in to the Browns secondary, it will help their defense continue to improve as they look to charge back to the front of the AFC North and remain in playoff contention.