One of the many surprises of Cleveland Browns training camp and preseason was rookie un drafted free agent from the Stanford Cardinal, Johnson Bademosi. The first year player has become a special teams demon for the Browns this season. So, just who is this Bademosi?
Hailing from Washington, DC, Bademosi was a four year letterman at Stanford. At 6’0″ and 200 lbs, he is a feisty and physical player with speed. Bademosi has made his mark as a gunner on special teams for the Browns. In eight games, the rookie has 9 tackles of opposing returners. While some things do not show up on the stat sheet, it’s the little important things that have made Bademosi stand out. The coaching staff is very high on this kid, especially special teams coordinator Chris Tabor.
In last week’s win against the San Diego Chargers, the speedster made a phenomenal play on a Reggie Hodges‘ punt. Midway through fourth quarter, fighting wind and rain elements, Bademosi caught the end of over end ball on the two yard line to pin the Chargers deep with their backs against the Dawg Pound. That play took steady concentration, swung the momentum back to the Browns and fired up the freezing home crowd. The special teamer almost recovered an Eric Weddle muffed punt return during the game as well.
Last year, Ray Ventrone was the beast on special teams that avoided blockers and delivered bone crunching hits. Taking nothing away from Ventrone, Bademosi is that guy this year. The former high school rugby star displays relentless hustle and good awareness when on the field.
With a roster full of rookies and second year players, it’s great to have an impact role guy like Bademosi. Watch for no. 37 to come flying down the field every Sunday.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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