Battery complaint reportedly dismissed against Browns rookie Caleb Brantley

How can former Florida standout Caleb Brantley help the Cleveland D-line? Analyst Sam McGaw answers.

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Battery complaint reportedly dismissed against Browns rookie Caleb Brantley

The misdemeanor battery case against Cleveland Browns rookie defensive tackle Caleb Brantley has been dismissed, according to Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times.

  • Brantley, who was selected in the sixth round out of Florida, was PFF’s No. 3 interior defensive lineman entering the 2017 NFL Draft.
  • His pass-rushing productivity rating of 11.7 was tied for fourth among this year’s drafted interior defenders, while his run-stop percentage of 11.3 was fifth.
  • Brantley’s ability to get after the quarterback will provide a boost to a Cleveland defense that didn’t have a player earn a pass-rushing grade higher than 72.8 last season.
  • Brantley is currently projected to back up defensive tackle Desmond Bryant, who missed the 2016 season with a torn pectoral.

Caleb Brantley pass-rushing productivity

  • Andre Taylor

    Now that the charges have been dropped against DT Caleb Brantley, the Browns draft grade goes even higher. Prior to the reports that came out about charges being filed against Brantley, he had been mocked as high as the first round, and late 2nd round at the lowest. So the Browns now have #1 overall pick DE/OLB Myles Garrett, 3-technique DT Larry Ogunjobi, and DT Caleb Brantley as rookies on the D-line. Along with holdovers DE Emmanuel Ogbah, and 3rd year NT Danny Shelton and DE Carl Nassib, on the D-line. Then LB’s Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey will be free to roam sideline to sideline in run support, and bashing WR’s on underneath routes. Although rookie CB Howard Wilson went down, veteran CB Jason McCourty was signed. Add in versatile safety Jabrill Peppers, CB’s Joe Haden and Jamar Taylor. The Browns defense should be much improved

  • Mark West

    what Andre said