3 most surprising players through Browns first 4 games
1. Jedrick Wills, Jr., LT
In 2021, there were some high-profile injuries that slowed Cleveland down. None was given more publicity than Baker Mayfield’s shoulder, which was blamed for his dip in production.
However, there were other players struggling to stay on the field, including left tackle Jedrick Wills. Early in the season, Wills suffered an ankle injury and he continued to fight through the pain. Hindsight is always 20/20 but it might have been better for him to sit and heal up as much as he could, but Wills is a competitor and had no interest in sitting back and watching when he could play.
While that’s admirable, it did create some questions about his viability going forward. The 10th overall pick in 2020, Wills transitioned from a right tackle at Alabama to the left side in Cleveland. He did a solid job but there was an expectation that he would make a leap in year two. When that didn’t happen, the concern was that it was more than a bum ankle slowing him down.
Fast forward to Week 4 and it’s clear that when healthy, Wills is an exceptional blocker. Heading into Week 4, he was the second-rated pass blocker in the league and put together another strong performance against the Falcons.
Cleveland believes they have the most important position on offense figured out with Deshaun Watson. The second most important position is arguably left tackle and Wills is proving that they’re solid there as well.