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Finishes strong rookie year

Emerson had four tackles and two passes defensed in a 28-14 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 18.

Analysis: The Browns drafted a good one when they selected Emerson in the third round of the 2022 draft. The rookie appeared in all 17 games, tied for the lead among team cornerbacks with 15 passes defensed and graded out as the best in coverage, per Pro Football Focus. He'll resume his role in the rotation next season.

Jan 11, 2023 4:33 PM EST

Will start Sunday

Emerson will draw a start at cornerback against the Bills, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Emerson gets the nod with Greg Newsome (concussion) inactive. The former has had a steady role this season, recording 38 tackles, a sack and seven passes defensed in nine games. He'll work to help contain the dangerous Buffalo offense Sunday.

Nov 20, 2022 9:14 AM EST

Will lose snaps with Ward return

Emerson may see fewer snaps Sunday against the Dolphins, as Denzel Ward expected to return, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Emerson stepped up the last three games while Ward was sidelined with a concussion. He had four pass breakups while playing nearly all the snaps over the three weeks, including a nine-tackle game in perhaps a season-saving win over the Bengals in Week 8. Emerson impressed coaches during the summer, earning a spot in the cornerback rotation, and should should not see a dramatic decrease in playing time.

Nov 11, 2022 4:52 PM EST

Second-leading tackler Monday

Emerson collected nine tackles (six solo) and two passes defended in Monday's 32-13 win against the Browns.

Analysis: The 22-year-old logged a season high in tackles as starting cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion) missed his third-straight game Monday. Emerson also finished with a team-high two passes defended in this contest. The rookie third-round pick has totaled 19 tackles (16 solo), one sack and four passes defended while playing nearly every defensive snap since Week 6; though, should Ward return following Cleveland's bye week, Emerson's playing time could take a step back against Miami on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Nov 1, 2022 10:03 PM EST

Starts for Ward

Emerson had six tackles and two passes defensed in Sunday's 38-15 loss to the Patriots in Week 6.

Analysis: Emerson started in place of Denzel Ward (concussion) and played 66 of 70 snaps. He showed skills during training camp, and the Browns are confident in the rookie, who had a big fourth-down pass breakup in Week 5 that gave Cleveland a chance to pull out a victory in a loss to the Chargers.

Oct 17, 2022 4:46 AM EST

Fills in for Ward

Emerson filled in after Denzel Ward (concussion) left Week 5's 30-28 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Emerson was on the field for 30 snaps, recording three tackles and a huge fourth-down pass breakup. That gave the Browns their final chance, but Cade York missed 54-yard field-goal attempt with seconds remaining. If Ward is unable to play Week 6 against New England, Emerson is the likely starter with either Greedy Williams (hamstring) or A.J. Green stepping in as the third cornerback in nickel packages.

Oct 12, 2022 5:58 AM EST

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