3 Browns Who Need to Be Benched in the Playoffs

With the NFL playoffs beginning this weekend, these three Browns must be benched if Cleveland wants to go on a deep postseason run.

WR Marquise Goodwin is one of three Browns who must be benched in the playoffs.
WR Marquise Goodwin is one of three Browns who must be benched in the playoffs. / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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2. James Hudson, OT

Anyone who's been following the Browns knows that the offense line was ravaged by injuries throughout the campaign. Jack Conklin, Jedrick Wills Jr., and Dawand Jones are all on injured reserve for one reason or another at the moment, resulting in players like James Hudson seeing an increase in playing time.

Unfortunately, Hudson has not risen to the occasion.

The third-year offensive tackle has taken nine penalties while surrendering four sacks over 556 offensive snaps across 16 games (7 starts). His subpar play has earned him 51.1 pass and 52.9 run block grades, respectively, on Pro Football Focus. Additionally, he's PPF's No. 79-graded OT out of 84 qualified players.

Given that he averages a grade of 54.5 as a starter this season, it's easy to see why the Browns should bench Hudson. Even with the offensive line being banged up, it's at the point where someone like Leroy Watson IV or even a free agent could handle the Toledo, OH native's job just as well, if not better than Hudson.