53-man Browns roster: 3 takeaways from initial roster
1. Offensive continuity is evident in Browns roster
It’s been touched on before but it stands to be discussed once again. The 2021 Cleveland Browns offense has some insane continuity as they returned all 11 starters from their offense that led them on a playoff run last year.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Andrew Gribble of the team’s official website went into even more detail about how stable this group is. In his own takeaways on the team’s roster, he noted that 22 of the 25 players on offense are returning players — and the only new ones were drafted this year — which would be Anthony Schwartz, James Hudson, and Demetric Felton.
"“A whopping 22 of the 25 offensive players finished the previous season with the team. Of the 22, 20 were on the 53-man roster at the start of the 2020 season. The lone three new faces? All of them were 2021 draft picks” — Gribble, ClevelandBrowns.com"
This isn’t just uncommon for the Browns, but it’s uncommon in the NFL. It does happen from time to time but in this league, there’s usually a lot of turnover. And for the past couple of decades, the Browns have had one major overhaul after another.
As for the defense, the same can’t be said. That side of the ball had some massive turnover this season and there are going to be eight new starters. Of course, with how bad the defense played, this is a welcome turnover.
There will be some growing pains due to the defensive changes but the offense should be firing on all cylinders as soon as Week 1 thanks to their familiarity with one another and the system they’re playing in.