Charlotte, NC – This is why the Browns drafted Cade York.
When Cleveland was going through the draft process, Kicker was undoubtedly one of its needs. His position had not been stable since the departure of Phil Dawson in 2012, having not retained the same kicker for two straight seasons since his departure.
But going into the draft, despite the need for it, Brown wasn’t going to draft someone just to draft him. It had to be the right guy, as special teams coordinator Mike Prefer repeatedly said.
He thought York could be him, so took a chance and made him the most drafted kicker since 2016 and the only kicker selected in this year’s draft.
On Sunday, he proved them right.
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York, who left LSU as one of the most decorated kickers in program history, was the hero in Carolina, scoring a 58-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining, giving the Browns a 26–24 victory. . Only adding to the lore is the fact that this is the first season opener the Browns have won since 2004, and did so after quarterback Baker Mayfield tried to lead a last-second drive for Carolina.
The rookie has been the talk of town since Brown drafted him.
During warmups and throughout training camp, he regularly kicked from more than 60 yards—including on Sunday when he was 70 yards in the warmup.
York has leg strength, but he also has accuracy. More importantly, he has the mindset. By nature, she is obsessed with perfection, but what enables her to perform in the big moments is not to let mistakes consume her. He learns in real time. adjusts. reevaluates. performs.
“One thing that jumped out at me was his confidence,” Prefer said this week, evaluating York ahead of the draft. “He’s got a lot of confidence. He came up, I think some coaches thought he was a little cocky at the combine; I’ve never seen that. I just saw a young man – he’s just young; he’s just a little bit Months already turns 21 – who is extremely confident in his abilities, knows he has work to do and is humble enough to know he has to go out and prove it weeks and weeks in That’s the only thing that made me realize that he was a very confident young man, which I like.”
On Sunday, York was perfect 6-for-6 on his kick, scoring four field goals and both extra point attempts.
Despite the fact that he was perfect on Sunday, apparently, it’s still early in his Brown career. He still has to learn to kick consistently in one of the toughest stadiums in the league, and in doing so will likely take his lump.
But despite the growing pains he had to face, Sunday was nothing but joy. He showed how valuable he would be during this 11-game run without Deshan Watson when points were at a premium.
With a kick, York showed why he deserved the 124th pick and more.
Later the clock ticked at 0:00, York stood on the field, hands raised in glee.
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