With the No. 99 overall selection in the 2022 draft, the Cleveland Browns selected David Bell, but unfortunately, he may not be ready for Week 1:
#Browns third-round WR David Bell has been placed on the active/PUP list with a foot injury
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) July 22, 2022
Bell accumulated 1,286 receiving yards on 93 catches in his junior season at Purdue University.
Cleveland was hoping Bell would be a tremendous asset for the Browns offense, but he is already physically unable to perform.
He may be back for the beginning of the season, and all should be positive news soon regarding Bell.
However, the responses from fans have been on the negative side, which makes sense because a top receiver could be out.
Let us start with a tweet reply just under two months after a very excited draft tweet.
Browns Fans Are Not So Happy With This News
Here is a Browns fan with a joke:
Starting to think David Bell only exists to hurt me, this is quickly becoming the plot of Jaws 4 https://t.co/5ztQqvpOQY
— Ramzy Nasrallah (@ramzy) July 22, 2022
It is doubtful that the world is being cruel to this Browns fan, but let us hope that this is not a bad injury for Bell.
It is a foot issue for the wide receiver, but he should not be out for long.
Do the Browns Need Reinforcements?
So, should the Browns try to sign another wide receiver?
This fan does not think so:
WR will be a hot topic going into camp with the David Bell injury. I get the thought to bring someone else in but the pool of players isn’t great pic.twitter.com/Bbqw8ib251
— Training Camp Chopz (@Pchopz_) July 22, 2022
His reaction above has his answer as a resounding “no” in response to the question about signing a free agent.
The sad part is that the depth is very lacking for the Browns:
The #Browns were already very thin at WR.
David Bell starting the season on the PUP list just adds to the lack of depth in that room heading into camp.
— Nick Pedone (@NickPedone12) July 22, 2022
The Amari Cooper acquisition was very helpful for the Browns, but Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry both went from being Browns in 2021 to playing elsewhere.
Here is how the receiving depth chart fares for Cleveland:
- Wide Receivers: Amari Cooper, Donovon Peoples-Jones, David Bell (injured), Anthony Schwartz, Jakeem Grant Sr., and Ja’Marcus Bradley
- Tight End: David Njoku and Harrison Bryant
Maybe the Browns do need to be on the lookout for some depth, especially if any other injuries hurt the team.
How About in the Fantasy Football World?
One fantasy football player is not very happy with his David Bell selections:
Sometimes drafting the guys you like early & often nets you incredible ADP value on a bunch of your teams for players who rise a ton
And sometimes you basically just bought NBA Top Shot moments at the peak of the bubble
My David Bell BBM teams are the latter pic.twitter.com/deAhSo6Mhr
— Erik Beimfohr 🙌 (@erikbeimfohr) July 22, 2022
He voiced his displeasures, and they are very understandable.
The Browns were relying on their third-round selection.
Now, Cleveland is hoping that Cooper and Peoples-Jones can step up.
Cooper has been a very strong receiver in Dallas, and he could do the same in Cleveland.
The King of ‘Hindsight is 20-20″
Meanwhile, this Browns fan is already deeming the draft pick a failure:
I hated the David Bell draft pick to begin with. They had so many chances at getting a game changer at WR in the draft and outsmarted themselves. Now he’s hurt.
— The Knidiot 🍺 ⚾️ 🇺🇸 ⭕️ H❗️⭕️ (@andrade21) July 22, 2022
Cleveland is not in a dire situation yet, but this fan is thinking the Browns will not get much luck in the coming months.
Some fans have this feeling, and it is understandable.
However, hopefully good news is on the horizon.