The Cleveland Browns were embarrassed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6.
Despite that, the Browns do have a solid 4-2 record this season.
This team continues to fight despite injuries devastating their roster on both sides of the ball.
Superstar defensive end Myles Garrett has been a huge lift for their defense.
However, there is another player on defense that has been playing fantastic and isn’t quite getting the credit he deserves.
Honestly, it’s unlikely any Browns fan believed linebacker B.J. Goodson would be making this significant of an impact.
The Browns signed him to a low-cost deal during the offseason to add depth at linebacker.
However, Goodson has been one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball all season long.
Jarvis Landry – 64.7
B.J. Goodson – 85.7 pic.twitter.com/bxWwta2xJ3
— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) October 19, 2020
The 27-year-old linebacker likely saw more chances early in the season because Mack Wilson missed the first three games of the season.
The Browns needed someone to step up and lead this linebacker group and Goodson appears up to the challenge.
Through six games, Goodson has 46 tackles, 0.5 sacks, two passes defended and one interception.
BJ Goodson is quietly having himself a really good year so far.
— THE OCULUS (@Clemson_Oculus) October 18, 2020
Heading into Week 7, Goodson leads the Browns defense in tackles and by a large margin.
Ayo @Giants – why did we cut B.J. Goodson again? Asking for a friend.
— CU•NY (@ClemsonNyC) October 19, 2020
He has already surpassed his total amount of tackles from last season in just six games with Cleveland.
Continue To Trust Goodson?
Yes, it has been a solid start to the season for Goodson, but don’t get too excited.
He is also seeing a lot more defensive snaps than he was the years prior.
Goodson is making plays, but the increase in tackles is partly because of how often he’s on the field.
However, whenever anyone talks about the Browns defense usually only Myles Garrett or Denzel Ward get mentioned in the conversation.
Although, Goodson has earned the right to be talked about this season with the way he has played.
The Browns signed Goodson as a depth type of player and he’s proven to be much more than that early in the season.
It’s probably not time to start talking extension, but Goodson has been exceeding expectations through the first six games.
Hopefully, Goodson continues to play well and earns himself a starting spot long term.