An interesting story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer today regarding Kwaku Danso, the 28-year-old rookie nose tackle trying to make the squad, despite playing only three snaps during his college career at East Carolina.
Danso was born in Ghana, and he didn’t immigrate to the US until he was 20 and didn’t start playing football until he was 26. He worked two jobs in college – one at Lowe’s and one as a bouncer – and he said he didn’t have much time for football. But he tried out for the Browns during rookie camp, performed well and attended mini-camp.
Now, he’s waiting to see if he’ll make the 80-man roster Cleveland will take to training camp.
From Tony Grossi’s story:
There is an upside to Danso' limited exposure to football. The somewhat passive, read-and-react nature of the Browns' scheme, particularly for the nose, might not be as difficult a transition for Danso as it would be for a college end used to shooting one gap to the quarterback.
"I love playing the 3-4 defense," Danso said. "I think it's real fun. You just play the center, in front of him, all the time. As long as you don't get pushed away, you should be fine."
Even if he makes it to camp, it’s unlikely he’d find a spot on the 53-man roster. But if you’re looking for the longest of longshots for whom to root, he’s not a bad choice.
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