The Cleveland Browns now have a better handle on their quarterback situation for the 2022 NFL season.
With a lot of volatility in the offense, there will be stalwart players that the team relies on in Watson’s absence.
They are as follows:
1. Nick Chubb
To be clear, the Browns were going to rely on the leadership, experience, and work ethic of Nick Chubb even if Watson was playing from Week 1 forward.
Most Rushes of 20+ Yards Since 2018:
Nick Chubb 46
Lamar Jackson 34
Derrick Henry 32
Saquon Barkley 27
How many yards will Nick Chubb rack up this year?🤔 pic.twitter.com/3NnQ7vl9mF
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) August 19, 2022
This should be a manageable and successful undertaking provided that the offensive line is able to stay healthy and block for this powerful backfield.
2. Amari Cooper
Amari Cooper‘s steady hands and veteran experience in the Browns’ wide receiving room will also be a formidable weapon for Brissett.
— Noah Weiskopf (@BrownsWithNoah) August 19, 2022
Cooper’s demeanor is even keel, and he is capable of dealing with the pressure and the limelight much as he did in Dallas.
He is the perfect receiving partner for Brissett because he has the ability to tune out the noise, and one way he does that is with no social media footprint.
3. Cade York
It is not a crazy thought that Cade York is going to be a big piece of the puzzle without Watson.
York will be called upon to put points on the board, and though we have not yet seen him in a regular season game pressure cooker situation, it looks as though he will be up to the task.
— BrownsTherapy (@BrownsTherapy) August 17, 2022
His range to reliable convert field goals is a lot longer than any Browns kicker in recent years so if the offense does get into a bind, he can at least deliver three points to culminate a drive.
The Bengals kicker Evan McPherson did the same thing for his team in 2021 so it is not out of the realm of possibilities to lean on a rookie kicker to get big results.
Football is a team sport, so in reality, every player who is on the 53-man roster will need to perform at a high level.
Another player who could be a huge target for Brissett is tight end David Njoku.
Jacoby Brissett tossed two TDs to David Njoku during 11-on-11 team drills.
First was a nice pass near the right pylon. Second was a well-executed TE screen.
— Anthony Poisal (@AnthonyPoisal) August 19, 2022
On the defensive side of the ball, the Browns will need to shut down high-powered offenses and limit scoring drives.
Current NFL standings (playoff teams underlined) if every game ended at the end of the third quarter. pic.twitter.com/ZzryR2tlJk
— Daniel Kelley (@danieltkelley) November 15, 2021
There were far too many fourth-quarter close game losses in 2021, and the defense needs to do its part to not give up points and scores late in the games this season.