The Cleveland Browns added several pieces to the puzzle this offseason and have strengthened their team for the 2022 season
When you’re building a team, it’s important that your squad is well-rounded. Having strengths and weaknesses is common with most teams — and while you rely on those strengths, you also hope that the weaknesses don’t influence the final results. As for the Cleveland Browns, they have seemed to put together certain parts of the team that have carried their program, making them stronger by way of free agency, trades, and the draft are all important.
The Browns have done a good job and using those different resources in building a team for this next season that should compete for a championship.
Let’s take a look at the parts of the Browns roster that have helped make them more competitive these last several years and should make them a strong contender again in 2022.
Cleveland Browns biggest strength No. 5: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
The recent re-signing of tight end David Njoku this past week reminded me again of how much talent is on this squad. Njoku didn’t have a great season in 2021. He only caught 38 passes for 475 yards, but he’s been with the team since 2017 and has been a steady and reliable target for his past quarterbacks.
Now with Deshaun Watson throwing the pigskin around the yard, Njoku should be able to have a career-best season. He’ll only be 26 years old as well this next year so he’s in the prime of his career.
You add in a tight end like Harrison Bryant, who will be entering his third season in Cleveland, and you have a nice tandem. Bryant caught 21 passes last year for 233 yards and three touchdowns. That’s not over the top numbers but it shows a player that has been improving.
The Browns also have gotten better in the wide receiver room. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are gone and in comes Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys in a trade and newly drafted wide receiver David Bell from Purdue.
Cleveland already has Donovan Peoples-Jones coming back as well. DPJ had a very nice increase in production this past season as he caught 34 passes for 597 yards and three scores.
With Deshaun Watson now in as the starter, the wide receivers and tight ends will benefit a lot. One of Watson’s strengths has been to spread the wealth on offense. Look for the entire passing game to improve.