1. Cleveland Browns WR KhaDarel Hodge
It wasn’t a good night for Khadarel Hodge, especially with the emergence as rookie sixth-round pick Demetric Felton as a slot receiver.
Hodge wasn’t terrible, but he did drop what should’ve been a touchdown pass. To put it bluntly: You’ve got to make that play, especially with guys gaining steam behind you on the depth chart. Heck, Davion Davis and Jamarcus Bradley had nice moments, and neither have a shot to make the roster, so you can understand why Hodge needs to play with a sense of urgency.
Back to Felton. I wonder if he’s the reason Hodge could become expendable.
Rewinding back to 2020, Hodge had established himself ahead of Rashard Higgins on the depth chart, mostly because the coaches viewed him as a better blocker. By November, Higgins reminded everyone of the tremendous chemistry he shares with Baker Mayfield and Hodge saw his reps diminish.
Now, Donovan Peoples-Jones is emerging. He’s can block and he’s the better receiver of the Higgins and Hodge duo.
With Felton getting no touches at running back, one would assume the Browns are going to keep him as a wide receiver.
They’re just not going to expose him to waivers after seeing his speed and athleticism on full display in game action.