2022 Cleveland Browns: Post- OTA and Minicamp 53-Man Roster Projection

Anthony Schwartz
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 03: Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Anthony Schwartz (10) runs with the ball during a game between the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns on on October 3, 2021, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)

Now that both the OTA’s and minicamp period has concluded, I’m going to provide everyone with my updated week one roster projection for the 2022 season. There have been a few changes made, and I’ll explain my reasoning for that at the end of each position list. You can find my initial list for reference here: 2022 Cleveland Browns: Way Too Early 53-Man Roster Projection

2022 Cleveland Browns 53-Man Roster Projection

Quarterback (2)

  • Jacoby Brissett
  • Josh Dobbs

Changes: I’ve excluded Deshaun Watson due to his impending suspension announcement.

Running Back (5)

  • Nick Chubb
  • Kareem Hunt
  • D’Ernest Johnson
  • Jerome Ford
  • Demetric Felton Jr.

Changes: I’ve removed the fullback position because I think Cleveland will retain all five running backs due to their importance in the offense. The Browns also used Harrison Bryant in the backfield as an extra blocker last year, and throughout the 2022 offseason thus far. I believe that they’ll cut Johnny Stanton and keep him on the practice squad while using Bryant in the backfield when needed in 2022.

Wide Receiver (6)

  • Amari Cooper
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones
  • David Bell
  • Anthony Schwartz
  • Jakeem Grant
  • Michael Woods II

Changes: I swapped out Ja’Marcus Bradley for Michael Woods II because he has had a great offseason so far. Cleveland selected Woods for a reason, so I believe that they like what he brings to the table at the bottom of the wide receiver room.

Tight End (3)

  • David Njoku
  • Harrison Bryant
  • Miller Forristall

Changes: No changes.

Offensive Line (9)

  • Jedrick Wills Jr.
  • Joel Bitonio
  • Nick Harris
  • Wyatt Teller
  • Jack Conklin
  • Ethan Pocic
  • Chris Hubbard
  • Blake Hance
  • James Hudson III

Changes: No changes.

Defensive End (6)

  • Myles Garrett
  • Jadeveon Clowney
  • Stephen Weatherly
  • Chase Winovich
  • Alex Wright
  • Isaiah Thomas

Changes: I’ve obviously included Jadeveon Clowney this time because he’s officially joined the team. I believe that the Browns will keep six defensive ends because most of them have inside/outside versatility. This frees up Cleveland to carry only four “true” defensive tackles.

Defensive Tackle (4)

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

Changes: I have the Browns keeping Tommy Togiai on this version instead of Sheldon Day because of Togiai’s ability to play 1-technique. He’s currently the only other defensive tackle on the roster besides Elliott that has the strength to provide quality snaps at 1-technique.

Linebacker (5)

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

Changes: I now have Cleveland only carrying five linebackers so that they can carry an extra cornerback.

Cornerback (6)

  • Denzel Ward
  • Greg Newsome II
  • Greedy Williams
  • Martin Emerson Jr.
  • A.J. Green
  • Reggie Robinson II

Changes: Reggie Robinson II has been kept to add depth on the boundary, as well as his versatility to play safety if needed as well.

Safety (4)

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

Changes: I now have the Browns only keeping four safeties because of Reggie Robinson’s CB/S versatility.

Special Teams (3)

  • K Cade York
  • P Corey Bojorquez
  • LS Charley Hughlett

Changes: No changes.

What do you think?

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