Browns sign Porter Gustin to Practice Squad

Pete Smith

The Cleveland Browns announced the signing of Porter Gustin to their practice squad, taking the place of Stephen Carlson, who was signed to the active roster before the game against the Denver Broncos. Gustin is rookie out of USC who initially signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent. He was an edge rusher for the Trojans, will be a defensive end for the Browns.

Athletically, Gustin has a pretty good profile, particularly when it comes to agility. At 6-4.5 255 at his Pro Day, Gustin was able to put up a 6.97 3-cone and 4.22 short shuttle. His explosion is pretty solid as well, jumping 10' in the broad jump and 36" vertical.

Gustin's collegiate career was riddled with injuries, only allowing him to play ten games in  his final two seasons. His final season, despite only playing six games, Gustin had a team leading seven sacks and ten tackles for loss. His final season ended prematurely due to a broken ankle. The previous season, a torn meniscus and nagging toe injuries forced him to miss a total of ten games.

He's clearly a talented player and the hope is he can simply stay healthy long enough to showcase it. It's a worthwhile shot to add to a practice squad, because if he can stay healthy, he's been productive any time he's been on the field.

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