Browns: 4 players to keep and 4 players to cut after preseason ends

Cleveland Browns Khadarel Hodge
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The Browns have to be down to 53 players by Tuesday afternoon.

The Browns have gone 3-0 in the preseason, and while that’s as much of a reason to cheer as your kindergartener receiving perfect attendance, it’s something. The problem is most of the people who helped the Browns attain that record is going to get cut. Ironic.

The team has to be down to 53 players by Tuesday but knowing Kevin Stefanski, the cuts will probably be made early Monday evening.

These are the four players the team needs to keep and the four players the team needs to cut in order to have a successful 2021.

Keep #1 – WR KhaDarel Hodge

It’s hard to deny that KhaDarel Hodge shouldn’t be on the team. Maybe he’s not a top-four guy but he’s shown more so far than someone like Anthony Schwartz. That may change after a few weeks, or maybe even a full season from now, but as of today Hodge is the fifth-best receiver the team has.

He might even be better than Donovan Peoples-Jones, though that is up for a debate. That and Peoples-Jones have the higher upside between the two. His speed makes him a more intriguing prospect. Yet, Hodge has shown time and time again that he can in fact make plays when called upon.

More than likely he’ll be a victim of circumstances with how deep the receiving corp is, but considering Peoples-Jones and running back/receiver Demetric Felton can handle return duties quite effectively, there’s no reason to not carry Hodge as the fifth option as opposed to someone like JoJo Natson.