Duke Ejiofor: We know about Justin Reid and his knowledge of NFL defenses. We’ve heard about Keke Coutee’s agility and willingness to learn. And we are aware of Martinas Rankin’s injury Youth Tyrann Mathieu Jersey , which may not be as positive, but it is news in this dull part of the year. One player from the Texans’ 2018 draft class we haven’t heard much about is OLB Duke Ejiofor. Drafted in the sixth round, Ejiofor fell in the draft due to a lingering shoulder injury. His measurables and production are well above his draft position, yet teams will always be wary of taking a player who has an injury history.Right off the bat, his technique needs a ton of crafting. He has skills and a couple moves, but needs to clean them up and sharpen their effectiveness. Wake Forest would occasionally put him in a four-point stance and have him rush from the interior, but he needs more space to be effective.He stays in a balanced stance when on the line, which allows him to disguise where he intends to attach the opposing lineman. With that in mind, the Texans should line him up as a wide 9 or a 6 (directly in front of the tackle). When on the edge playing the run, Ejiofor is disciplined and rarely crosses his feet. Ejiofor’s low center of gravity keeps him from being pushed off the line of scrimmage. His athleticism is certainly a question for discussion. He is definitely not fast, but he is quick in short bursts. Ejiofor is more likely to sack a quarterback when the QB gets deep into a drop because it takes Ejiofor awhile to round a corner. You can see him flailing his arms to adjust his body weight in many of his highlights. Ejiofor will not drive an offensive lineman back and collapse the pocket; rather, he resembles the role of a “change of pace running back” whose impact will be felt relieving other pass rushers and wearing out offensive tackles. When a tackle and defensive end are battling it out over an entire game, there comes a point when the tackle has seen everything the defender plans to throw at him; Ejiofor will surprise opponents with quick hands and great arm length.The Alief Taylor product dominated as an interior sub package rusher at Wake, which is a perfect skill set since the Texans’ best pass rushers play on the outside. It would also spell players like Benardrick McKinney and Zach Cunningham from blitzing, allowing them to focus on the rush or coverage. My two biggest concerns about Ejiofor are the shoulder recovery and change in scheme. He played a 4-3 in college that allowed him to purely rush from the line of scrimmage; he may not have that luxury in Romeo Crennel’s defense.If Ejiofor is going to challenge Brennan Scarlett for a starting role, he will need to learn how to drop back in coverage. Honestly, if Ejiofor can hold the edge against the rush marginally better than Scarlett (who is coming off of an injury himself) Womens Tyrann Mathieu Jersey , he should jump into some meaningful reps right away. Since there hasn’t been much talk about Ejiofor’s recovery status or availability for training camp, I am worried that he has been focused on rehabbing instead of practicing his craft during rookie minicamp and OTAs. We will find out soon if Ejiofor is ready to go and able to contribute. Even though he’s not making an impact in the headlines, hopefully he will make an impact on the field in 2018. Other than trying to save a coach's job, secure the No. 1 overall draft pick or simply survive, the Browns haven't played many meaningful games in December or January.Sunday is an exception.With a chance to further legitimize themselves as no longer being the "same 'ol Browns," and with their playoff pulse accelerating, the Browns go on the road to play the Houston Texans, who have won eight straight games and have perhaps the NFL's best defensive front seven.It's a daunting challenge for the Browns (4-6-1), but they feel up to it.With back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014, Cleveland's players are brimming with confidence. They're following brash rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield's lead and believe they can not only play with any team, but they can beat any team.Wide receiver Jarvis Landry isn't quite ready to say the Browns have arrived. But after so many miserable seasons, they're headed in the right direction."Listen, we're on our way," Landry said in a lively locker room earlier this week. "We're still not there. We're on our way. We've put complete games together, these last two have definitely been complete. But I believe that you never really, truly arrive. You're always trying to look for ways to get better. You're always trying to find things individually, as a team Womens Nick Martin Jersey , as an offense to get better. But I'll say we're on our way. We're definitely on our way."The Browns avoided infamy last week by snapping their 25-game road losing streak with a resounding 35-20 win at Cincinnati, a victory punctuated by Mayfield's chilly handshake with former coach Hue Jackson afterward.The Mayfield-Jackson affair created some big headlines and debate, and also overshadowed the bigger story surrounding the Browns, who haven't been to the postseason since 2002.With a win on Sunday, Cleveland, which went 0-16 last season and went 1-31 under Jackson, would move deeper into the AFC playoff picture, though still behind several teams.Imagine that.The fact the Browns are even playing a significant game in December is an accomplishment, and they'd like to be in a few more."If we want to have any postseason dreams, we got to keep this little streak going," defensive end Myles Garrett said.Cleveland hasn't fared well in late-season games, going 2-21 since 2013 in December and January, and 9-38 over the past 10 seasons. But those are past Browns teams, not this one, and after ending several losing streaks this season, Landry said he and his teammates understand what's in front of them."This game," said Landry Youth Christian Covington Jersey , one of the few current Browns who has been to the playoffs with Miami in 2016. "Win this game. That's the next step for us."If they're to be taken seriously, and if they intend to become consistent winners, the Browns must beat a quality team and the Texans certainly qualify. Houston is clicking following on 0-3 start. Quarterback Deshaun Watson looks fully recovered following knee surgery that ended his rookie season, and star defensive end J.J. Watt is healthy and terrorizing quarterbacks."We don't care about what they're doing," Landry said. "Obviously, we understand that they're on an eight-game winning streak. But for us, we know it's going to come down to us executing and doing the things that we do to put us in place to win the game. We're not really worried about what they're going to do. Obviously, we understand that they are a good football team, a great football team and we have to play our best game."If they can pull off the upset, the playoff talk in Cleveland might be heard from coast to coast. Mayfield, who has thrown seven TD passes and just 10 incompletions in his past two games, knows better than to look too far ahead."It is always great to have a big picture mindset, but for us right now, we have to take it one week at a time," he said. "If we do not take care of business, then it does not really matter. We have to win and focus each week for everything else to fall into place."NOTES: S Damarious Randall was added to the injury report with a hamstring issue and his questionable for Sunday. Interim coach Gregg Williams doesn't think Randall will miss the game.
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