Cleveland Browns player who will struggle to start the year no. 2- Jack Conklin, right tackle
Right tackle Jack Conklin is coming back from one of the more difficult injuries to return from after he tore his patellar tendon in Week 12 last year. While the Browns continue to say that he’s on schedule to play when the season begins, there are no guarantees. And even if he does play it likely will be with some rust.
A player of his size coming back from major knee surgery is likely to have some limited mobility when he first gets out on the field. Conklin’s strengths come from his blend of power and athleticism that allows him to excel in the zone blocking schemes like the Browns run. If Conklins’ mobility isn’t at 100 percent to start the year he won’t be as strong in the run game as we are used to.
Likely the Browns will not put him out there if his injury isn’t fully healed but some players are never completely the same after the patellar tear. It’s also likely Conklin will still be a solid player once he is ready but it might not be at the All-Pro level we saw in 2020 until later in the season.