This is the 65th installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. A new player will be previewed every day from now until the Browns preseason begins. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one. I try to keep these articles short and sweet .
#18- Damion Ratley– WR- Texas A&M
Damion Ratley’s surname probably led to less than flattering nicknames for him all through grade school. I, for one, believe he should lean hard into the “Rat” part of his name and go by Rat-Man. And just like Batman and Spiderman he can use the strengths of a nasty little creature to shed light on the subject. Rats are quick, Ratley is quick. Rats are strong for their size, as is Ratley. Most importantly, rats can spread diseases to their enemies just like how Ratley and this Cleveland team are spreading Browns fever all across the world (shout-out Paul Brown in Britain).
Ratley saw action in 13 games for the Browns last season with three starts. In his rookie season he made 13 catches for 144 yards. He filled in admirably when the Browns receivers went through a rash of injuries last year. In his first career start, Ratley made six catches for 82 yards against the Chargers.
The wide receiver position has been a hot topic for this Browns team all offseason. The acquisition of Odell Beckham, Jr. took Cleveland from average receiving corps to arguably a top three unit in the NFL. OBJ, Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, and Rashard Higgins are all locks to contribute this season. That leaves only a few spots for guys like Ratley, Derrick Willies, Jaelen Strong and a bunch of undrafted rookies. Ratley was drafted (6th round) by John Dorsey which should give him a leg up on some of the other competitors, but you never know if an undrafted guy can impress and leap frog some of these holdovers from last year’s squad. Either way, I’ll be pulling for the Rat-Man.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Eric Murray.