Browns safety Joe Thomas practiced on Thursday, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Thomas was limited to a limited amount of snaps in the preseason opener against the Steelers, but he’s shown improvement over the past couple of weeks.
Thomas, who has missed all but one game of the last two seasons with a torn ACL, has a lot of work to do to improve his game and he’s not the only safety on the Browns defense.
He has played in all 14 games this season.
The Browns signed cornerback Josh Wilson in the offseason and signed safety Antrel Rolle as an undrafted free agent.
He will compete for the safety spot.
Thomas has been the Browns’ starting safety for the last three years and has played all 13 games this year.
He’s played in every game in 2015, including four starts.
Thomas is the Browns starting safety.
He played in 12 games last season and had two interceptions.
Thomas also has played on special teams, starting in 10 games.
Thomas recorded five tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.
The last time the Browns had a safety with four sacks was in 2013.
The safety position has been a revolving door on the Cleveland defense.
In 2014, the Browns signed D.J. Swearinger, who had eight tackles and one pass breakup.
The next year, they traded away Corey Graham, who went to Tennessee and was cut after one season.
In 2015, they signed Kevin Minter, who spent one season in Cleveland, then was released in the off-season.
The same year, Josh McNary left the Browns after one year and signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In 2016, the defense lost veteran Darian Stewart to the Jets, who signed him to a two-year deal.
McNary spent one year in Cleveland and was waived after one game.
The safeties also had to make do with an ineffective Marcus Sherels.
The cornerback was limited in the regular season after tearing his ACL in the final preseason game.
Shereles was waived in the spring.
The third safety, Xavier Rhodes, was a backup in 2017.