Cleveland Browns right guard Wyatt Teller says that he’s thrilled with what he calls ‘insane’ continuity for the offense
There’s a lot that has been made of the Cleveland Browns revamped defense, which is for a very good reason. General manager Andrew Berry went out of his way to fix that side of the ball and there could be as many as eight new starters when they kick off in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
What probably doesn’t get talked about enough, however, is the fact that the offense had almost no need for a change. In fact, the Browns will start the season with the same 11 starters that they had in 2021.
Recently, right guard Wyatt Teller spoke on this continuity saying that having the same starters entering this season is “insane.”
"“We have 11 guys on offense returning, which is insane — I’ve never heard of that,” he said, via Anthony Poisal of ClevelandBrowns.com. “We’ve got the guys in the backfield who can do it at a high level … and if the best D-line I play is our own team, I’ll be very, very happy.”"
Teller is right that this kind of continuity isn’t exactly common in the NFL. But Cleveland did find themselves fielding 11 quality starters and the only real change from how they ended the season until now is the return of some of their banged-up players, such as Odell Beckham, Jr. who suffered an ACL tear in Week 7.
Cleveland did also add rookie wide receiver Anthony Schwartz who is a complete burner but likely will be a situational player as a rookie rather than a guy who sees huge snaps from the start. There’s also James Hudson, a rookie from Cincinnati, who will be replacing Kendall Lamm as their top reserve offensive tackle — with Chris Hubbard hopefully returning from injury to be the Swiss Army Knife that can play inside and out.
There have been several people calling this the most talented roster in the NFL and while it’s weird to hear this being said about the Browns, it’s absolutely true.
And one of the reasons for that is the return of all 11 starters on the offensive side of the ball. Continuity hasn’t been the norm in Cleveland, but this is something we can get used to.