The bigger point of contention should come Wednesday when waiver claims are awarded as the Browns are expected to be reasonably active with potential claims at wide receiver, tight end, and along the defensive line.
Cleveland could also address depth at offensive tackle and perhaps even at cornerback, according to Zac Jackson of The Athletic and both make sense to me- especially tackle with starting right tackle Jack Conklin returning from a season-ending injury last season and Chris Hubbard as the swing backup attempting a comeback after playing only one game in 2021.
Kevin Stefanski claims he feels "good" about the state of the wide receivers and while the waiver wire or even a potential trade could bring some help to the position, it's not likely to give the group a major boost- at least not right away and perhaps not at all.
I hope to do a preview of the team before their opener against the Carolina Panthers and write more in-depth on the positional groups but outside of Amari Cooper, every Browns receiver is at least one spot higher than they would be on a true contender.
For example, Donovan Peoples-Jones would be the third or fourth receiver on a good team, for the Browns- he is their second.
Rookie David Bell (third-round draft pick) is still learning after missing much of training camp, fellow rookie Michael Woods (sixth-round draft pick) missed the entire preseason and is likely to be inactive for at least a game or two, and second-year man Anthony Schwartz struggles to catch the football, which is a small problem for a pass catcher.
Most teams may have chalked Schwartz off as a lost cause and cut their losses after spending a third-rounder on him in 2021 but Andrew Berry has proven to be very reluctant to cut players that he has selected in the draft and continues to hope that the speed that Schwartz showed on the track will someday convert on the football field.
Cleveland kept only two tight ends in David Njoku and Harrison Bryant and two veterans with some appeal that were released in O.J. Howard and Chris Herndon would be of interest to me but I think the Browns are more likely to hope that Miller Forristall clears the wire and could be added to the practice squad.
Kevin Stefanski also stated that the team will sign a quarterback to the practice squad after releasing Josh Rosen and keeping Jacoby Brissett and Josh Dobbs as the two rostered passers.
I'll be back tomorrow with news on the Browns additions and corresponding releases when the waiver period ends.