The Cleveland Browns closed out their preseason against the Atlanta Falcons, and due to performance, here are three players who may have lost their spot on the final roster.
This preseason, things have been different for the Cleveland Browns. Gone are the days of trying to decide who the quarterback is going to be, to have that change a multitude of times during the season, and here are the times of position battles all over the roster that could help Cleveland potentially win the AFC North for the first time since it was known as the AFC Central division in 1989.
Yes, you read that correctly; The Cleveland Browns have a legitimate shot to win the AFC North this year. With a solid offensive line returning, quarterback Baker Mayfield having a second year under the same offensive coordinator for the first time in his career, and running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt being a two-headed monster in the backfield, the Browns could make a lot of noise this season.
Like any other team that sees success, however, the Browns have to make a few hard decisions at a few spots across their roster to help them get where they want to go this season. After weeks of training camp, practice against other teams, and three preseason games, the coaching staff has to finalize the 53-man roster that they will have going into the regular season.
Cutting players on the fringe of making the roster is always one of the toughest things any staff has to do. Here are three players that may have sealed their fate with their performance against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and are at risk of losing their spot on the final roster.
Mack Wilson, Linebacker
Mack Wilson finds himself on this list of players who may be at risk of losing their roster spot after this preseason. After struggling throughout all of the 2020 season, he needed to take a big step forward and show something during training camp.
Thus far, however, Wilson has continued to be what he has been – an average to below-average linebacker. Missed tackles, slow reaction times, and being out of position put Wilson in jeopardy of having a spot on the final Browns roster.
However, with the current state of the Browns linebacker unit, counting injuries and depth issues if Wilson gets cut, he probably has a roster spot secured, for now. But when the other linebackers get healthy, or a solid option hits the waiver wire this season, he’s likely to be the first player gone.