It will be tough against the Pats no matter what but missing 5 former starters and your two backup tight ends can't help.
Once starting, and struggling, CB Tramon Williams was a game-time decision but will miss due to his AC joint issue. Against what we expect to be a pass happy Pats team, losing a corner is not ideal. Williams' struggles, however, make this statement less certain.
Without those two, Connor Hamlett should see some time on the field. He is far from a good blocker but could be used split out wide to try to attack New England's coverage.
The Patriots, much like the Browns, try to be very versatile in their game plan. With Williams out and Brady back, expect them to be more pass happy. They will have to be a little concerned as the Browns return Carl Nassib today, will be playing with a cast, and Safety Ibraheim Campbell.
For a Cleveland Browns team lacking talent already, not having these former starters or their primary blocking tight end can be highly problematic. Though, against this Pats team on this day, it may not matter much.
Any surprise inactives? How do you think the Browns counter?