C Javon Patterson
Javon Patterson is the only player on this list against my better judgment. I am not high on Nick Harris at all, and I think Javon Patterson has every chance of showing his worth in the game against the Jaguars. The only problem is that coaches and GMs don’t generally cut their own drafted players ahead of free agents who were already cut once before. It’s bad optics.
Though, it has happened before and will happen again and will likely even happen with the current Browns’ regime at some point. The point though is that it isn’t a frequent occurrence. Patterson has to deal with the fact that people want to give Harris an opportunity to see what he can do, especially with the rumors that J.C. Tretter may be gone from the Browns after this season, either due to something with his contract or whether he retires.
Harris is viewed as the heir-apparent, and Patterson is going to have to maul everyone in front of him to just get noticed on Saturday.
The Browns’ offensive line is set and deep, which makes it hard to gain a foothold anywhere. For right now, anyway. Jack Conklin is only here for two more years guaranteed, Wyatt Teller’s contract is up after this year and no extension has been offered that we’re aware of and Joel Bitonio is at that age where retiring wouldn’t be surprising.
If Patterson ends up on the Browns’ practice squad, he’d be in a good position to get back in the fold in 2022.