This is the 59th 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.
#28- Phillip Gaines– CB- Rice
I call this guy Phillip “Rivers” Gaines because he does well in the passing game and plays well in Cleveland. Also, just like how Phillip Rivers has tons of kids, Gaines is going to be making AFC North wide receivers call him daddy. I almost made his nickname “Joanna” Gaines because he fixes up every defense he is on.
Gaines is entering his sixth NFL season this year. He saw action in four games for the Browns last season. In that limited time, he made six tackles and contributed on the special teams unit. He began the season with Buffalo and actually made six starts before being waived in week nine. The Browns scooped him up and he was put on special teams right away.
Much like the entire roster, John Dorsey has completely overhauled the defensive backfield in his year and a half at the helm in Cleveland. The Browns have used considerable draft capital improving the corner position, using a first-rounder on Denzel Ward last season and selecting Greedy Williams with their second-round pick this year. Dorsey has also brought in multiple veterans, like Terrance Mitchell and T.J. Carrie, through free agency and trade. Gaines’ best chance to contribute to this squad once again may very well be on special teams.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Chad Thomas.