For many Cleveland Browns fans the addition of Davone Bess was merely a side story. All it took to highlight the importance of the Bess acquisition was a 2 game suspension of Josh Gordon. Looking at a very young group of wide receivers Cleveland Browns GM Michael Lombardi obviously felt it was important to add a veteran presence at the position. The kind of receiver that a young quarter back can depend on.
Bess was a fan favorite in Miami and was known for his tremendous work ethic and his easy going nature. Bess and his blue collar work ethic is a sure fit for an old rust belt city like Cleveland. On first glance Bess is neither the biggest receiver on the field, nor is he the fastest. For what he may lack in size or speed he makes up in clean route running, hard work, and steady hands. No offense to the other young Browns receivers, but Bess adds something that this Browns wide receiver group hasn't had in a while, dependability.
Browns fans and the Cleveland Browns organization alike can only hope that the veteran Bess will will rub off on the young players who surround him. Bess is going into his sixth season in the NFL and has never had a season with less than 50 catches and 500 yards. Dependable. The young receivers need a veteran who can help them read defenses, display the kind of work ethic it takes to excel in the NFL, and ultimately push them to be the best players they can be.
Despite his light hearted demeanor and NFL success, things haven't always been easy for Davone Bess. In high school Bess was charged as an accomplice in a robbery. Bess was called by some friends who needed picked up, Bess agreed and when they got into the car they had stolen merchandise. The police caught up and Davone ended up spending 15 months in a juvenile detention facility.
After his release through an old coach, Bess was able to walk on at the University of Hawaii where he excelled. After his time at Hawaii Bess went undrafted and worked his way onto the Dolphins team and eventually into regular playing time. ESPN did a story on Davone, which has been embedded below.
Whether it be on the field or off, Davone Bess has a lot to offer the Cleveland Browns young receivers when it comes to veteran leadership. The question becomes will the young guys accept the leadership? Will they allow themselves to be pushed? With Bess one thing is sure, he's going to work extremely hard and he's going to produce. Dependability is just who he is.
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