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    The Cleveland Browns have defined roles for all of their offensive stars three games into the 2022 NFL season.

    The high production rate of Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and Amari Cooper has left some players on the outside looking for attacking shots.

    D’Ernest Johnson and Anthony Schwartz don’t appear to be part of the team’s immediate offensive plans, and that could put both players on the trading block.

    The pair of offensive skill position players may have value in the trade market if injuries continue to grow deep in the league at their respective positions.

    The defensive situation isn’t nearly as bad when it comes to snap counts, but Ronnie Harrison isn’t as much on the field as John Johnson III and Grant Delpit are at safety.

    If Harrison isn’t so much needed on defense, the Browns could try to get something for him on the trade market before he becomes a free agent this offseason.

by Ernest Johnson

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    CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 27: Ernest Johnson #30 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during the first half of a preseason game against the Chicago Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

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    D’Ernest Johnson resides in one of the toughest offensive situations in the NFL.

    The 26-year-old is the third running back behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and he rarely sees the pitch when both players are healthy.

    Johnson didn’t play any offensive snaps in the Week 3 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That seems like an obvious stat with Chubb and Hunt’s split time.

    The Browns have no use for Johnson if their top two running backs stay healthy for the rest of the season.

    Johnson proved he could be a useful backup last season, rushing for 534 yards and three touchdowns on 100 carries.

    A handful of teams with running depth issues could call the Browns and offer a Day 2 or Day 3 NFL Draft pick in exchange for Johnson.

    It would be wise for the Browns to explore a trade with Johnson so they can get something for him and the player has a chance to make consistent snaps.

Anthony Schwartz

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    CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Anthony Schwartz #10 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before a game against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

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    Anthony Schwartz recorded 20 yards on two carries and a catch for 19 yards in Week 1.

    He played 17 offensive snaps in the two games that followed.

    The sophomore wide was significantly behind Amari Cooper. Donovan Peoples-Jones and David Bell on the Instant Accounts Board. Tight ends David Njoku and Harrison Bryant were both on the court much longer than Schwartz in Week 3.

    Snapshot data from Week 3 suggests Schwartz won’t be used by the Browns on many plays.

    Bell passed him on the instant count, and the reliance on both tight ends is important to the success of the Browns offense.

    Schwartz could be used here and there as a deep threat, but consistent shots don’t seem to be coming his way.

    Cleveland could try to offload Schwartz for a late draft pick in case another team wants to take a shot at the wide receiver and his fantastic speed.

Ronnie Harrison

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 11: Cleveland Browns defensive back Ronnie Harrison (33) during an NFL football game between the Cleveland Browns and the Carolina Panthers on September 11, 2022 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte , NC (photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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    Ronnie Harrison is more valuable to the Browns roster than the two offensive players mentioned before him.

    Harrison missed the Week 3 matchup with the Steelers with a hamstring injury. It is listed as questionable for the Week 4 trip to Atlanta.

    The 25-year-old played 42% of defensive snaps in Week 1, but that total dropped to 27% in Week 2.

    Grant Delpit and John Johnson III are the starting safeties, and they were each on the field for 100% of the defensive snaps in Week 3.

    Harrison is relegated to a reserve role in the secondary right now, but he could be a nice piece elsewhere if a team needs help with safety.

    Cleveland would be walking a fine line if they dangled Harrison, or Johnson, in the trade market. At the moment, neither player has a consistent path to playing time, but a safety injury or a running back could change how they are viewed on the depth chart.


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