Cleveland Browns Accomplishment No. 4 – Patch together the offensive line
As mentioned above, the Cleveland Browns offensive line struggled for several reasons this season. Jack Conklin, the starting right tackle, was only able to play in seven games this season. Blake Hance and James Hudson both stepped in at times, and neither had near the production.
Things weren’t much better on the other side. Left tackle, Jedrick Wills missed four games but was severely hampered by an ankle injury in at least two or three other games. I’m really hoping that ankle never got healthy because I was not impressed with him this season.
The good news, Bill Callahan (offensive line coach) is often thought of as one of the best position coaches in the league. With another offseason work, let’s hope we will be able to see some major improvements.
The bad news, no one is for certain that Conklin is just going to return in 2022 and be able to perform at a high level. He had a very serious patellar injury that could easily be career-ending.
If Berry believes Conklin is done, look for them to be aggressive in free agency signing a starting-caliber tackle. You may even see them go after a left tackle with the thought of moving Wills to the right side which is where he played his college ball.
If the belief is Conklin will return as the starter next season, I still think you will see the Browns draft some depth later in the 2022 draft.