Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner collected a team-high seven solo tackles in the loss Sunday to the Chargers.
Whitner is running neck-and-neck with linebacker Karlos Dansby for the team lead in tackles. Due to the high tackle totals from the defensive back position, Whitner is a valuable commodity in Individual Defensive Player leagues that require a roster spot in the secondary.
Dansby continues to be effective as an IDP in his age-33 season and is the most likely candidate to lead the Browns in tackles, if he stays healthy all year.
While the Browns list the linebacker as questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, Dansby is confident that he will suit up this weekend.
"Man, I'll be out there. Period. I'm playing," said Dansby, who notched seven tackles in Week 1.
Per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Dansby thinks that he'll play Sunday against the Titans, though IDP owners counting on the linebacker in Week 2 will want to monitor his status as the week continues.
He adds that a second year in the same scheme will benefit him.
"The way we played our defense was totally different than anything I had played before," he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "The alignment issues, that's on me. That's something I can get better at ... it will help everyone else if I am lined up correctly."
The Browns allowed 141.6 yards per game on the ground a year ago despite Dansby being ranked by Pro Football Focus the ninth-best inside linebacker in the game. They added defensive tackle Danny Shelton in the first round of the draft, as well as veteran lineman Randy Starks in free agency.
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