After adding many new faces in both draft and free agency, the Cleveland Browns might be forced to deviate from some veterans
There was a clear goal for that off-season Cleveland Browns, improve the defense. Similar to how he attacked the offensive line in 2020, General Manager Andrew Berry went all-in on that side of the ball in both cases free agency and the 2021 NFL draft.
Now the roster looks a lot better as they could have up to eight new starters on this side of the ball this season. Of course, they added other players as well, but the main focus was on improving their greatest weakness.
Cleveland achieved this and more. And as good as that is for their prospects in 2021, it means some players might look outside after the season starts. Here we look at three such players who could be released before the regular season begins.
3. KhaDarel Hodge, broad receiver
Yes, the main focus in the off-season was on adding defensive aid, but the Browns also took up a few offensive pieces in the draft. They added Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz in the third round and Demetric Felton of UCLA in the sixth – and he’s able to play the slot and run back. Felton is also a potential kick-returner.
Adding these two players makes it for someone such as KhaDarel Hodge to do the 53-man roster. Early in his fourth season in the NFL, Hodge was mostly a special team player but also posed a major threat – 17.1 yards per reception from 27 catches over the past two seasons.
Now Schwartz is sure to take on the role of deep threat at his speed below 4.3, and Felton is one of many players who can fill the specialty teams void – and he also offers more than offensive threat.