The Cleveland Browns should consider some positional changes in 2022.
It just dawned on me, that in all of the conversations about what the Cleveland Browns need in 2022, safety isn’t really a topic of conversation and it should be. John Johnson had a fine 2021, at least at the end but he was inconsistent and a liability throughout times last season and was easily outplayed by M.J. Stewart.
Stewart, a former cornerback turned safety, was the best safety the Browns had in 2021 but he left the team when they decided he wasn’t worth bringing back and went down to Houston. Losing a player, who had a flat-out great year in every metric, was a huge blow and it set the Browns’ defense back.
So how do you replace him? There aren’t any safeties available who could match the production Stewart put out, so you have to hope to find another gem like Stewart and hope that new player blossoms as the former Browns cornerback did.
Thankfully, the Browns have a few key players that aren’t getting time as is, and could get time at safety if they’re given a shot. Not content with just looking at replacing and filling spots in the secondary, we have a third option, this time a player moving from one offensive position to another.
Yet, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that David Njoku would’ve been a prime candidate to move from tight end to receiver, had Austin Hooper not been cut. It looks very much like Njoku will be TE1 heading into 2022. So the talks of him changing positions really wouldn’t make sense.
As this is about strengthing weaknesses, not taking a strength and weakening it.