2022 Cleveland Browns: 4 players with a lot to prove

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Dec 20, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) against the Las Vegas Raiders during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns are loaded with talent in 2022 but some of the players still need to prove they’re up to the task when so much is expected

The entire Cleveland Browns roster enters the 2022 season with a ton of expectations. After Andrew Berry and the front office made the aggressive trade for Deshaun Watson, anything less than a playoff berth (and at least one win), would be extremely disappointing.

There are a ton of question marks still about this team. There’s a major hole at defensive end, a lack of talent at wide receiver, and we still don’t know if Watson will be suspended for any part of this season. Did I mention that the team can’t find anyone willing to trade for Baker Mayfield?

With plenty of time before the season starts, there is still plenty of time for everything to work itself out. There are multiple options for an edge rusher in free agency and plenty of veterans available at wide receiver. The real questions remain if Mayfield will have to be released, and how the Watson scenario plays out.

With the high expectations, there will be multiple guys with even more pressure on them for the 2022 season. Here are four guys that must perform for this team to have a chance at being successful.

Cleveland Browns player with something to prove No. 4 – David Njoku

I hate to say that David Njoku hasn’t performed, but his best season was in 2018 when he had 639 receiving yards and four touchdowns. There’s no doubt that the potential is there, but with the $10.9 million franchise tag, he really needs to step up and have a great year.

In the last two years, I would argue he wasn’t getting the snaps he deserved. Austin Hooper took over the No. 1 tight end spot on the roster, and it really limited Njoku. The year prior in 2019 injuries kept him off the field.

With Watson at quarterback and all the first-team snaps expectations are high for Njoku in 2022, let’s hope he lives up to expectations.

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