Cleveland is firmly in the AFC playoff hunt despite suffering multiple key injuries. This week, the Browns were dealt their toughest hand, losing Deshaun Watson for the season with a shoulder injury. How will the team rebound from the loss? We take a look at that situation and the most pressing needs around the league.
Some of the notable names added to injured reserve last week include Watson, Steelers linebacker Kwon Alexander, Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks, Lions offensive guard Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Eagles linebacker Nakobe Dean.
With that in mind, here is a look at the most pressing positional needs for every NFL team:
Bengals: Offensive guard
The biggest question here, of course, is the health of Joe Burrow, who injured his wrist in the second quarter of Thursday night’s Week 11 loss to the Ravens and didn’t play the rest of the game. When Burrow is healthy enough to play, the bigger question mark on the roster is the interior offensive line. The franchise has invested significant resources into the offensive line over the past two offseasons, but still has positions to fill before Burrow can feel secure. The unit has not played up to expectations as it is allowing pressure, on average, in 2.31 seconds, according to TruMedia; the second-worst margin in the league.
The Bengals are allowing 247.8 passing yards per game, which is the eighth-most in the NFL. They put a lot of faith in a young cornerback room that has understandably seen its share of ups-and-downs this season.
Burrow heavily utilized the tight end position when he was in Baton Rouge, but he has not had a consistent producer at the position since he arrived in Ohio’s Queen city.
Cornerback Tre’Davious White is done for the season with an Achilles injury. Kaiir Elam was added to injured reserve on Nov. 2 with an ankle injury. The Bills acquired Rasul Douglas from Green Bay, but Green Bay…
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Author : Josh Edwards
Publish date : 2023-11-17 15:22:04
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