The Los Angeles Rams have ushered in some significant changes to all facets of the game this offseason from offense, to defense and even special teams.
Among the notable key players that the Rams opted to part ways with was return man JoJo Natson after two seasons. Natson had provided a much-needed spark during the 2018 campaign and was able to earn himself another trial run for the 2019 NFL season.
Natson was ultimately waived by the Rams amidst all the turnover to their roster this offseason. It seems he has already managed to find a new home.
According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Natson has signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Cleveland Browns:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2020
Although Natson’s stint in Los Angeles may have ended in unceremonious fashion, this is still a solid opportunity for him to bounce back in the 2020 NFL season. Despite Cleveland’s recent struggles, expectations still seemingly remain as high as ever after they managed to make yet another splash this offseason with the signing of former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper.
Natson will now have a chance to play an integral role for another potential playoff contender. Fortunately, he finds himself in familiar territory after taking over for the Rams during their Super Bowl run. He is now coming off a modest year after finishing the season averaging 7.8 yards on punts and 22.2 yards on kickoffs with 438 total return yards while being limited to 12 games after landing on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
Fortunately, Natson is now set to enjoy a bit of a homecoming in Cleveland after spending his senior year at Akron. Perhaps a return near his old stomping grounds could be just what he needs to get back on track in the 2020 NFL season.