4 Cleveland Browns who surprisingly won’t make the Week 1 roster in 2022

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Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Porter Gustin (97) celebrates an interception against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter of an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

With the Cleveland Browns continuing to add talent to this roster, here are four surprising players that may not make the Week 1 roster.

The Cleveland Browns have been active this offseason fine-tuning a roster that had high expectations in 2021 and completely faltered after several injuries and drama within the organization. A poor season has already led to a number of changes, including giving up six future draft picks to bring in quarterback, Deshaun Watson.

It was certainly a lot to give up as the picks included three first-round selections, but there is really only one position on the field that can consistently win you games. The Baker Mayfield era in Cleveland is one that will always be remembered, and even though he will leave with an even bigger chip on his shoulder, no one will argue that he was the best quarterback this organization has seen since their return in 1999.

Things certainly get harder for the general manager when the roster gains talent and you lose draft picks. The salary cap becomes much more of a concern, and you have fewer picks so you must be more accurate. Time will tell if Andrew Berry has gotten too far ahead of himself, but at this point, I still have full faith in him.

As this roster continues to gain talent and young players must continue to perform, here is a list of four guys that will surprise you when they don’t make the week one roster.

No. 4 Cleveland Browns DE. Porter Gustin

Not seeing Porter Gustin on the Week 1 roster may not be a total shock, but in his three years with the Cleveland Browns, he has played a decent number of snaps at defensive end. He was never intended to be an integral part, but injuries forced it at times.

The former five-star recruit never lived up to expectations in college or the NFL, but I would expect him to at least get another shot somewhere else. At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, and a ton of athleticism, someone will take a shot at “fixing” him with some coaching.