No real surprises on Browns unofficial depth chart for Week 1

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The Cleveland Browns released their unofficial depth chart for Week 1 of the 2022 season and there are really no surprises

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns first unofficial depth chart for the 2022 season was revealed.

Many of us could have likely predicted the way this chart reads since the majority of the starting spots were already locked down.

The biggest question might have been whether or not Jordan Elliott would be the starting defensive tackle next to Taven Bryan, and according to this chart, the answer is yes.

Interesting details in Browns depth chart

While there weren’t any huge surprises, there were a couple of interesting details. One is seeing Jacob Phillips listed as a reserve at linebacker.

For much of the offseason and training camp, there was a lot of excitement around Phillips and what he brings to the table. There were even days where Anthony Walker worked on the outside to get Phillips reps with the first team at MIKE.

However, the first depth chart has Sione Takitaki as the starting SAM linebacker with Phillips backing up Walker. Of course, Cleveland often utilizes just two linebackers, so this might mean very little as they potentially rotate these guys in and out based on situations.

Anthony Schwartz, Demetric Felton positions

It’s no secret that Anthony Schwartz struggled in the preseason. That’s why it’s interesting to see him as the main backup behind Amari Cooper. Of course, this is likely more of a knock on the depth overall since Cleveland is pretty thin behind Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and rookie David Bell.

They did list Demetric Felton as a receiver, and he’s done a solid job in the slot. On top of that, he’s been tabbed as the primary return man on punts and kickoffs replacing Jakeem Grant who was lost for the season during camp.

Felton seemed to be in trouble due to the running back room being incredibly crowded but his versatility appears to be his saving grace.

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