Every Cleveland Browns fan is hoping that the new additions pan out but logic says that’s unlikely to happen so here are three who could disappoint.
Every year, on every NFL team, there are at least a half-dozen or so players that fail to perform up to expectations on their new club. Either due to a poor fit with the coaching staff, to injuries or just outright playing badly. The odds that every new acquisition performs well is a pipe dream. It just won’t happen. The Cleveland Browns are no exceptions.
This isn’t a list of guys that anyone wants to see fail, nor is it a definitive take on who is going to fail. It’s just these three names are guys who have the most to overcome for one reason or another in order to adjust and perform well.
This isn’t meant as an attack or some form of criticism that they were poor acquisitions, that’s only decided by time. So with that out of the way, let’s look at the three names with the most concerns.
OT Jedrick Wills
The No. 10 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns was Jedrick Wills, a player the team was clearly high on, at a position they clearly needed. Yet, Wills has to move from right tackle to left tackle and has to do so with only Zoom or Skype as his tool to do so. Until there is more information about how the NFL will open up their facilities and how they plan on keeping players safe, there is no telling how long Wills is going to have to wait before he can actually get good one-on-one coaching from Bill Callahan. Maybe Wills doesn’t need any help and is already a day-one starter. That’s not something anyone can know right now, however. Of all the rookies, the preparedness of Wills is the most affected by the global pandemic.
SaF Karl Joseph
Karl Joseph is a former first-round pick. That’s nifty. Joseph has also missed a quarter of possible games playable. He’s appeared in about 76% of total games. He’s started only 64% of possible games. Joseph can’t stay on the field, and only once in his career has he eclipsed the double-digit game mark. He might be a great player, truly. He also might never play a full season for the Browns. The odds favor one of those options more than the other.
LB B.J. Goodson
If the Browns signed Goodson to be a starter, then oh-boy, the team might be in trouble. Goodson isn’t particularly impressive as a player, and his over $1 million salary implies the team may have plans for him in the starting lineup. Seeing how both the Packers and Giants, two teams starved for good linebacker play, ended up letting him go then who knows? Maybe he’s not a starter. If he’s just here to be a backup that might be ok. If he’s Joe Schobert’s replacement though, yikes.