3 Cleveland Browns who have disappointed in the first four weeks

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We knew the Cleveland Browns had a tough road without Watson in 2022, but these three players not performing has certainly not helped.

The Cleveland Browns are now four games into the 2022 season which in the past would have been the quarter way point of the season. With the 17th game, it’s now not quite that, but it’s still a good point to look and reflect on where the team is. It’s worth mentioning that we are also through four games of the 11-game suspension for Deshaun Watson.

At 2-2, some fans may be happy, but this team could easily be 4-0. On top of that, they have played the four easiest teams on their schedule which were all games they needed to win in order to have a shot at the playoffs once Deshaun Watson returned.

It hasn’t been all bad, but this team needs guys to step up in Watson’s absence if they want to stay competitive. This roster was supposably loaded with talent, but these three guys have been disappointed through the first four weeks.

3 Cleveland Browns who have disappointed

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No. 3 – David Njoku, TE

The Cleveland Browns not only franchised David Njoku for the 2022 season, but they also eventually signed him to a massive four-year deal worth up to $54.75 million. Don’t get me wrong, losing Njoku would have been a hit to this roster, but I’m not sure he was worth half of that money.

Njoku has all the talent in the world and has the potential to be a top-five tight end in the league, but his best season was his second year when he accumulated 639 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Other than that, Njoku doesn’t have a season with more than 475 receiving yards.

The pass-catching tight end has improved the last two weeks with 89 yards and 73 yards with a touchdown, but he had a fumble vs. the Falcons that was extremely costly to this team. I’m hoping he is on the upswing and those 75–100-yard games will come, but to this point, he has been very underwhelming for the money he was paid.