The Cleveland Browns can have a good season despite the Deshaun Watson suspension, but it will rely heavily on boom or bust seasons from three players.
When push comes to shove, only 53 men will be on the roster for the Cleveland Browns come September 11 and certain players can help or hurt the team in big ways.
It either works out or it doesn’t and that applies to most things in life, especially in the NFL. This applies to both players on individual teams and to the league in its entirety. Boom or bust seasons happen every single year and the former can really elevate a team from good to great while the latter can derail any success.
The boom players tend to get rewarded where the bust players could potentially be looking for a new place to call home the next season. Sometimes a new team and environment is what’s best for the players, so bust seasons aren’t the end of their football lives.
These three Browns players are entering boom or bust seasons.
3 Cleveland Browns Players Entering Boom or Bust Seasons
3. EDGE Rusher Chase Winovich
In the early stages of the new league year, the Browns traded linebacker Mack Wilson to the New England Patriots for EDGE rusher Chase Winovich. The two players got a change of scenery with chances to make the rotations of their respected teams.
Winovich is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. He spent his first three seasons in New England after being drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Michigan. In his rookie campaign, Winovich was pretty productive, racking up 5.5 sacks. That earned him more playing time, including nine starts in 2020, where he yet again racked up 5.5 sacks.
In that second season, Winovich had 48 tackles, six going for a loss, and 12 quarterback hits to go along with the sacks, playing 58 percent of defensive snaps. However, in Year 3, that was far from the case, as he found himself in Bill Belichick’s doghouse and only played in 14 percent of defensive snaps and also did not record a sack.
He gets a chance to change his NFL future with a new team in the Browns. He has become a fan favorite, which could be detrimental to some of the fanbase, as he is in danger of not making the roster. He will need to step up in the final two preseason games and furthermore in camp.