The Cleveland Browns need to do some tweaking to its roster before the 2023 season kicks off. Here is one player that needs to be replaced on offense.
The Cleveland Browns roster is in need of some fresh talent. The lack of depth showed up at times last year and some starting-caliber players did not live up to the hype. But there is one player that stands out above the rest on offense that needs to be replaced.
Former first-round pick Jerick Wills needs to be replaced as the Browns starting left tackle. He was on skates at times last year and has failed to live up to his billing as a top 10 overall NFL Draft pick. Labeling Wills as a bust may be a bit strong but his play last year warrants GM Andrew Berry and his staff to start looking at replacement options.
The Browns finally have a franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson that they need to protect. With a fully guaranteed $200 million plus contract, the Browns need to make sure that Watson is on the field and playing. Wills at times last season looked lost and confused about his blocking assignments, leaving his quarterback to fend for himself.
If the Browns want to be true contenders next season, they have to upgrade the left tackle position. It probably will need to be done in free agency as Cleveland lacks the draft capital to find a starting tackle in the draft. But at the very least, Berry needs to bring someone in to compete with Wills and make him earn the starting spot.
The Browns are expected to contend next season. Anything less than a playoff berth will be unacceptable to the fans and ownership. It’s time for Andrew Berry to make some tough decisions about his own draft picks and it starts with his very first one in charge, Jerick Wills.