April 18, 2024

It’s the first time the 2022 Cleveland Browns will be on the field and I don’t care if it’s a pre-season game, I’m watching. The big question going into this game is, will Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson play? Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot reported earlier this week Watson will play a couple of series. Head coach Kevin Stefanski wouldn’t tip his hand when talking to the media on Tuesday. Wednesday it was announced he will play. This will probably force the NFL to rule on his appeal because the league doesn’t want to see Watson playing football this year. It was also announced most of the starters will play. Which starters? I guess I’ll have to watch the game to find out. All I know is the offense and defense on the field will be very vanilla. So, who am I watching?

Offense. How many starters will play early? Looking at the first depth chart, it appears the Browns are moving away from the fullback position. Also, David Njoku and Harrison Bryant are listed as co-starters. While the quarterback position is the most watched, I want to see who starts at wide receiver number three. I hope the starting offensive line plays a few series, but I’m really interested in how backup left tackle James Hudson holds up, especially against Jaguars first-round pick Travon Walker. At running back, I’m interested in watching where Demetric Felton lines up and how Jerome Ford will be used.

Defense. I’m watching defensive tackles, Taven Bryan and Jordan Elliot. Both need to shine even this early in the pre-season. All Browns fans will be watching DT Perrion Winfrey and I’m eager to see how he’s progressed. With this defense, where the linebackers line up will be intriguing. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Jacob Phillips have the potential to be special this year. As for the secondary, I’m most interested in watching the young players like Martin Emerson, D’Anthony Bell, A.J. Green, Richard LeCounte and Greedy Williams.

Special Teams. Who’s the returner? This has the potential to be a disaster like last year, but GM Andrew Berry has time to fix this position as well as the wide receiver position. Can’t wait to watch kicker Cade York. Yes, that’s right, I’m looking forward to watching the kicker.

It’s time to watch actual Browns football and not talk about suspensions. Enjoy the game.




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