The Cleveland Browns are hoping that they can get back into the playoff picture during the 2022 season after a disappointing 2021. They made a major change to their offense, acquiring Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans to take over as their starting quarterback.
The Browns are hoping that will be enough to get the offense back on track and that the defense will return to form as well. There is a lot of talent on this roster, so a bounceback this season is not out of question.
However, there are still a few tweaks that the roster could use. Adding some depth to a few positions would make a lot of sense to cover up any potential shortcomings.
One position that could likely use another veteran is the safety position. The Browns have their starters locked in place in John Johnson III and Grant Delpit and Ronnie Harrison will see the field a good amount as well. Beyond those three players, there is very little depth currently.
Given how much defensive coordinator Joe Woods deploys three safeties, investing in another veteran would make a lot of sense. It would enable Woods to rotate them but also provide some insurance in case an injury occurs.
One player that could make for a good target is Tre Boston, formerly of the Carolina Panthers. Boston didn’t play during the 2021 season and struggled in 2020, but when used correctly, he can still be a productive player.
Part of the reason that he struggled in 2020 was that he was used as a box safety. That isn’t his strength, as he is better off in a free safety role in deep coverage. He has excelled when asked to do that according to PFF.
As stated by the writer, Boston was someone that made a lot of sense for the Browns in the past and that has not changed. As a fourth safety, he makes sense to take a chance on as long as he proves to still be in football shape and able to perform.
Cleveland could be getting a late offseason steal in the veteran safety, especially if they play to his strengths as a deep coverage, free safety.