Browns Rookie Safety Wants To Be An Enforcer

Cleveland Browns rookie T.J. Ward is expected to start at strong safety as a rookie, and the second-round pick out Oregon tells Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository that it's his role to be an enforcer in the secondary.

"For me, it’s the late Jack Tatum...rest in peace," Ward said when asked who his favorite safety of all-time was. "Just his whole attitude. He played with no fear. He was truly feared.

"Jack Tatum...and Ronnie Lott. Just two truly safeties who not only were feared and made a lot of big hits, but they made a lot of plays on the ball as well. I think it’s part of a safety’s duty to be an enforcer. Those two come to mind as guys who actually struck fear in offenses and receivers."

Ward discovered on Monday night that head coach Eric Mangini is the enforcer in the meeting room, as Ward was fined a reported $1,760 for his cell phone going off during team meeting.

Ward signed a four-year, $4.9 million contract last month that included a $2.075 million signing bonus.

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