Cleveland Browns: Predictions For The Final 53-Man Roster

August 24, 2022

We are two weeks into the preseason, and roster cuts are imminent. Who will make the final 53 for the 2022 Cleveland Browns?

The second week of the preseason has concluded, and NFL rosters are reduced to 80. Rosters started at 90 just a few weeks before, and two rounds of cuts have occurred. The big cut day occurs next Tuesday as NFL teams are required to announce their final 53. After that, teams can sign 16 players to a practice squad, 17 if one is an international player. Cuts will cause a flurry of transactions across the league as many surprise veterans will be available. Be sure to check Browns Brawl every day for the next two weeks for all the up-to-date news coverage.

Quarterbacks (2)

As long as Watson is suspended, he will land on the reserve list and not count against the final 53. Dobbs has shown enough to earn the backup to Jacoby’s job. What will happen to Dobbs once Watson returns depend on how the Cleveland Browns look by Week 13. 

  • Jacoby Brissett
  • Josh Dobbs
  • Deshaun Watson – Reserve List Does Not Count Against 53

Wide Receivers (8)

Wide receiver is one room that could see the addition of a veteran during cuts next week. Players like Darius Slayton from the Giants may be on his team’s chopping block, and other players like Will Fuller remain unsigned as of this writing. 

  • Amari Cooper
  • Donovan-Peoples Jones
  • David Bell
  • Anthony Schwartz
  • Michael Woods II
  • Javon Wims

Running Backs (12)

An embarrassment of riches is the best way to describe this room. Three or four of these players may be starters on other clubs around the league. Depth will provide injury insurance for the Cleveland Browns’ running game. 

Tight Ends (16)

This room has one of the tighter roster battles going into our final preseason game against the Chicago Bears. It may come down to which combination of pass catchers and blockers Stefanski wants to role with. Please note that Johnny Stanton has been listed with the tight-ends throughout preseason despite playing as a fullback. 

  • David Njoku
  • Harrison Bryant
  • Miller Forristall
  • Johnny Stanton

Offensive Tackles (21)

Five may be the correct number of tackles to carry into the season, given the injury history of both Willis and Conklin. Hubbard and Hudson have proven themselves as serviceable swing tackles. The fifth position in this room is up for grabs, and this weekend’s matchup will help solidify that spot. For the time being, I am hoping the kid from New Jersey is the one who makes the final cut. 

  • Jedrick Willis Jr
  • Jack Conklin
  • Chris Hubbard
  • James Hudson III
  • Ben Petrula

Guards (25)

Guard is a very deep position for the Cleveland Browns right now. This room is as far as a lock as any other on the Cleveland Browns roster. All four players have seen significant snaps in both regular and postseason action for the brown and orange.

  • Joel Bitonio
  • Wyatt Teller
  • Michael Dunn
  • Blake Hance

Centers (27)

This room has a bit of projection here. We hope that Berry and Stefanski can convince J.C. Tretter to return to the Cleveland Browns. That move would fully reunite the offensive line that finished as one of the best in the league in 2020. Outside, Ethan Pocic would have the starting job, and we would see another name as a backup.

  • J.C. Tretter
  • Ethan Pocic

Defensive Tackles (31)

Defensive tackle seems to be an area valued less by NFL front offices, and we may see some veterans cut next Tuesday. This is another area where the Cleveland Browns may decide to bring in another veteran. If so, they would be a priority signing for the Cleveland Browns. 

  • Taven Bryan
  • Jordan Elliot
  • Perrion Winfrey
  • Tommy Togiai

Defensive Edge (35)

This edge room is complete, and the Cleveland Browns should be comfortable with these four. Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney are elite talents, and Winovich and Wright are excellent breather options. However, this is also the room with the most talent, and it pains me to leave players like Isaiah Thomas, Curtis Weaver, and Chris Odom off the roster. If one of these guys is deemed a developmental player, we could see this room expand to five. 

  • Myles Garrett
  • Jadeveon Clowney
  • Chase Winovich
  • Alex Wright

Linebackers (39)

The Cleveland Browns’ linebacking room is extremely talent-rich and deep. Joe Woods usually runs fewer linebackers and more defensive backs on the field, but the talent alone determines this room should be five deep. In the preseason, Tony Fields has shown out and deserves a spot on this team.

  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
  • Anthony Walker
  • Jacob Phillips
  • Sione Takitaki
  • Tony Fields

Cornerbacks (45)

All the players in this room have proven themselves at the NFL level, minus the rookie who has looked good in his own right. Denzel and Greedy also have a significant injury history, so deeper is better in a cornerback. As stated earlier, Joe Woods loves running schemes with five defensive backs on the field at any given time.

Safeties (49)

No surprises in the safety room. The Cleveland Browns have a very talented group; seeing any of these four on the field wouldn’t worry me.

  • Grant Delpit
  • John Johnson III
  • Ronnie Harrison
  • Richard LeCounte

Special Teams (53)

The last room is special teams. Cade York has already won the kicking job through two weeks of preseason. Demetric Felton is taking advantage of the Jakeem Grant injury, and I am not sure if he would have made the final 53 if it weren’t for that.

  • Charley Hughlett (LS)
  • Corey Bojorquez (P)
  • Cade York (K)
  • Demetric Felton (KR/PR)

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