Greg Newsome II to replace Troy Hill at nickelback

Linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. called nickelback the “hardest position in football.”

Greg Newsome II, who’s slotted to play in the slot this season, agrees it’s “very challenging” but added another adjective — fun.

“Oh, I’m comfortable with it,” he told reporters Wednesday after an organized team activities practice. “I think it’s a benefit towards me, I’ll be able to be around the ball a lot more, so I’m definitely liking the inside, it’s going to be fun.

“I think I’ll be able to make some more plays, get some sacks, things like that, so I’m definitely embracing that new role.”

Newsome’s responsibilities for 2022 changed during the draft last month.

The Browns took outside cornerback Martin Emerson Jr. with their first pick, No. 68 in the third round, despite it being a position of strength. They removed a quality player from the pile the next day, trading veteran nickelback Troy Hill to the Rams for a fifth-round pick in 2023.

Newsome, the No. 26 selection in 2021, will likely remain the starter outside opposite Pro Bowler Denzel Ward, but when offenses go with three wideouts and the Browns match with three corners, Newsome will slide inside to the slot. At practice Wednesday, Greedy Williams took Newsome’s place outside.

Newsome has experience inside, filling in when Hill missed time last year. Those moves were temporary, while this looks like the coaches’ No. 1 option.

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