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Browns vs. Panthers: Unofficial Depth Chart Observations

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CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 21: Cleveland Browns linebacker Sione Takitaki (44) on the field during the first quarter of the National Football League game between the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns on November 21, 2021, at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The unofficial depth chart for week one has officially been released, and I just wanted to talk about some of my first impressions.

Offense

  • Right off the bat, I noticed that the starting offense contains two tight end spots instead of one tight end and one fullback. This supports the sentiment that Cleveland will no longer use a traditional fullback as they have for the past two seasons.
  • Kellen Mond is listed as QB3 on the active roster, which goes against the “rumored” plan to place him on the practice squad before week one. The Browns also decided to sign Josh Rosen to the practice squad recently. The Mond acquisition still feels extremely awkward to me, but let’s continue to see how it plays out.
  • Demetric Felton Jr. is classified as a wide receiver, which is understandable seeing as how he’s been working as a slot receiver throughout the offseason due to the lack of depth at wideout.
  • Joe Haeg is listed as OT5. He also has the ability to work inside at guard, so I think he was a great signing. He legitimately has the ability to play four out of the five offensive line positions.
  • It’s not 100% clear on this depth chart format but the starting “X” is Amari Cooper, “Z” is Donovan Peoples-Jones, and SLOT is David Bell.
  • It doesn’t notate it here, but there’s a chance that Jack Conklin and/or Chris Hubbard will be ruled out for week 1 against Carolina. If they’re both ruled out, then James Hudson III would most likely get the start at RT.

Defense

  • It looks like Sione Takitaki has officially won the starting SAM linebacker spot despite Jacob Phillips getting a lot of hype and playing time there throughout the offseason.
  • Grant Delpit has solidified himself as the starting strong safety this offseason despite strong competition from Ronnie Harrison Jr.
  • When Cleveland uses its “Nickel” defensive packages, Greg Newsome II will slide down into the Slot. A combination of Martin Emerson Jr. and Greedy Williams will then be utilized to play the other outside corner spot opposite Denzel Ward.
  • The starting defensive line is made up of the same four guys who have been playing there since day one of minicamp. I think this bodes well for them as far as comfortability and cohesion.

Special Teams

  • Demetric Felton Jr. is listed as both the starting KR and PR. Donovan Peoples-Jones can also play there if needed, as well as one or two other players.

What do you think?

Matt Wilson

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