Is Deshaun Watson the most interesting person at Browns training camp? Well, we have one person rated ahead of him. (Boston Globe)
The Browns’ All-22: The 22 most interesting people at the 2022 training camp
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Editor's note: Tony Grossi is a Cleveland Browns analyst for TheLandOnDemand.com and 850 ESPN Cleveland.
The All-22 video of any NFL game, aka the coach’s film, shows all 22 players on a given play, so that the viewer can study the movement of any player.
My All-22 is an analysis of the 22 most interesting people at Browns training camp of 2022.
These are not the team’s most valuable players for the 2022 season. Heck, Myles Garrett and Nick Chubb didn't even crack this list.
No, this is a list of the top 22 people to watch at Browns training camp. It all begins Wednesday at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus.
Tony Grossi’s All-22 at Browns training camp
22. Josh Rosen
Is the bust-out No. 10 overall pick of the 2018 draft merely a fourth camp arm, or could the 6-4 pocket quarterback play his way onto the roster and be an integral replacement during Deshaun Watson’s potential NFL suspension? GM Andrew Berry liked him prior to the 2018 draft and made the call over A.J. McCarron.
21. Anthony Schwartz
The former world-class sprinter undeniably is the fastest player on the roster. His 4.25 40 clocking at his Auburn pro day bettered Tyreek Hill’s 4.29 of five years earlier. But can the 2021 third-round pick develop the requisite receiving and route-running skills to make an impact in the Browns’ passing game?
20. D’Ernest Johnson
Beloved by coaches and teammates, he has seized every opportunity as a ball-carrier in the Browns’ wide zone running game. His $729,000 guarantee in a one-year $1.2 million contract doesn’t guarantee him a roster spot in a very crowded backfield. He could be trade bait before September roster cuts.
19. Jacob Phillips
When healthy, he is the prototype linebacker for the Browns’ defense – lithe, speedy and relentless. Injuries have limited the 2020 third-round pick from LSU to 13 games in two seasons, however. If he can stay on the field, Phillips can make a difference.
18. Kareem Hunt
In the last year of his second contract with the Browns, Hunt would love to play out his career on another contract with his home-town team. But the drafting of Jerome Ford makes Hunt’s future cloudy after this year.
17. Jakeem Grant
The return specialist the Browns haven’t had since Travis Benjamin. Only 5-7 and 170 pounds, his six career return touchdowns are six more than the Browns have had in five years.
16. Jedrick Wills
Entering his third season, the left tackle needs a rebound year to set the wheels in motion for a big, second contract. Line coach Bill Callahan will be all over him in camp.
15. Perrion Winfrey
An immediate fan favorite since his draft-day Zoom call, he could own the town if he can silence opposing quarterbacks.
14. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
The diminutive linebacker earned rave reviews as a rookie. What’s his ceiling in Year 2?
13. Nick Harris
He’s more athletic than former anchor JC Tretter. But does he have the durability and mentality of the warrior he’s succeeding in the middle of the offensive line?
12. Grant Delpit
Two years removed from Achilles tendon surgery that wiped out his rookie season, the next step for the bone-jarring safety is to create turnovers.
11. David Bell
Slow and easy won the race as B1G Ten receiver-of-the-year ahead of OSU’s heralded Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. His 40 times at Purdue were similar to those of Jarvis Landry. Now he has to produce like the departed possession receiver for the transition to a three-receiver set to be effective.
10. Jerome Ford
A prolific rushing season at Cincinnati belied his receiving ability. If he flashes it in his first pro training camp, he could render Hunt a valuable trade chip.
9. Jadeveon Clowney
A happy Clowney is a productive Clowney. He was happy last year because he stayed healthy. He’s happier this year after reuniting with former Houston teammate Watson.
8. Jack Conklin
Quietly in February, the injury-riddled right tackle agreed to a $4 million salary reduction in exchange for an $8 million guarantee. He can earn it back with play time incentives, but he opens his third Browns camp on the injury list.
7. Greg Newsome
Toggling between perimeter cornerback vs. two-receiver sets and nickel corner against slot receivers could be a bigger challenge than he expects. With few alternatives beyond him, the pressure to stay injury-free is palpable.
6. Cade York
The highest-drafted kicker by the Browns in 35 years, he is the only player on the roster unchallenged for his position. If he mirrors the impact former SEC rival Evan McPherson had on the Bengals last year, the Browns will have ended a 10-year search for a successor to franchise legend Phil Dawson.
5. Andrew Berry
The out-of-leftfield acquisition of Watson will determine his legacy as Browns GM. In the meantime, his ready-list at receiver, defensive tackle and possibly quarterback could be tapped in September to top off his best roster in three years.
4. Jimmy Haslam
The owner hasn’t spoken publicly since allegations of Watson sexual misconduct multiplied and became a daily TMZ news story. When Watson’s expected suspension is announced, Haslam will have to speak on the wisdom of making such an enormous investment in the talented yet apparently troubled quarterback.
3. Jacoby Brissett
Perhaps the second most important player on the roster, he could make three starts against AFC North rivals in the first eight games playing in place of Watson.
2. Deshaun Watson
The longer the suspension he receives, the greater pressure on him to repay Haslam’s investment with outstanding play in November and beyond.
1. Kevin Stefanski
Ridded of the Baker Mayfield headache, all he has to do in his third training camp is introduce four quarterbacks into his system, manage his starter through a likely NFL suspension, prepare a journeyman replacement to start the season, conduct a competition for the suddenly important No. 3 QB job, and then steer his most talented team to the playoffs. How hot is his seat? No Browns coach under Haslam’s ownership has kept the job for three full seasons.