Browns will try to make some trades before Tuesday’s deadline; Jedrick Wills Jr. expected to try to face Seahawks: Browns Insider

SEATTLE — The Cleveland Browns are actively working the phones leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline, looking to bolster their roster or accumulate additional draft picks. Prior to the game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Browns did not appear to be in a rush to make any big-name acquisitions. However, the injury to Deshaun Watson’s right rotator cuff has changed the team’s perspective. With Watson ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Browns may be open to the possibility of acquiring a veteran quarterback.

The Browns will use Sunday’s game with P.J. Walker as quarterback to evaluate whether he can effectively serve as their backup for the remainder of the season. There are concerns about Watson’s shoulder and his ability to stay healthy. The Browns need a backup quarterback who can protect the ball and complement their strong defense.

While it is unclear if the Browns will pursue former quarterback Jacoby Brissett, sources indicate that the Commanders would consider offering a trade due to Brissett’s impending free agency. The Browns’ General Manager Andrew Berry is known for actively pursuing talent during this time of year and has conversations with other NFL teams to lay the groundwork for potential deals. Often, these trades are completed after the final game before the deadline.

The Browns, ranked 31st in passing offense, could also benefit from adding a receiver or running back. Jerome Ford, who suffered a high ankle sprain, returned to practice on Friday and may be able to play on Sunday. The Browns are still hopeful that Elijah Moore will have a breakout season, but they could use another weapon for Watson, especially if they win against the Seahawks and improve their chances of making the playoffs.

If the Browns are unable to acquire talent, they may focus on acquiring additional draft picks to add depth to their roster. The trade deadline is often hyped up, but the Browns are actively trying to make deals.

Watson has made the trip to Seattle, despite being ruled out for the game. He will be on the sideline, studying plays on the tablet and supporting his fellow quarterbacks. The Browns’ four questionable players, Jerome Ford, Jedrick Wills Jr., Marquise Goodwin, and Sione Takitaki have also made the trip. Wills, who suffered an injury in practice, is expected to play. If Wills is unable to play, James Hudson III will replace him.

Myles Garrett, coming off an outstanding performance against the Colts, may have the opportunity to face off against Seahawks tackle Jason Peters, who was elevated from the practice squad. Garrett recorded 4.5 sacks in a game against Peters when he played for the Bears. Garrett is determined to defend his title as AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The Browns have elevated tackle Ty Nsekhe and running back Jordan Wilkins as insurance against potential injuries. Nsekhe is in his 10th season and has played in 104 games. Wilkins, a sixth-year player, has played in 54 games with over 1,000 rushing yards.

The Browns may take advantage of Geno Smith’s struggles against man coverage. Smith has had difficulty with man coverage this season, while the Browns primarily play man defense. Despite his struggles, Garrett is impressed with Smith’s abilities and recognizes his potential to prove doubters wrong.


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