The Cleveland Browns enter cut down day with 89 players on their roster after their acquisition of Wyatt Teller before the final preseason game last night and with the knowledge that Drew Forbes sustained a minor knee injury. The Browns will need to get down to 53 players in the next 48 hours, so this will keep track of the moves the team makes as they happen. Keep refreshing to see if anything new occurs.
Some of the players released will ultimately be brought back onto the practice squad after clearing waivers. The team may try to make a trade or two involving players or picks to shore up some areas on the final roster.
DE Jarrell Owens
A rookie out of Oklahoma State, Owens had some physical traits but lacked production coming out of college. He was able to notch a sack on the second to last play of the game last night, helping seal the victory over the Lions.
S Montrel Meander
The Browns claimed Meander after he was waived by the Jets last week. Meander was with the Browns last year as well as an undrafted free agent out of Grambling by way of Texas.
DT Brian Price
Price contributed last year at nose for the Browns under Gregg Williams at the expense of Carl Davis, but a concussion really didn't allow him to make a case for himself.
QB David Blough traded to the Detroit Lions for a swap of 2022 seventh round picks.
Blough had a nice camp and preseason with the Browns that certainly warranted a practice squad spot, but there are few things that are more natural then the Detroit Lions ending up with a former Big Ten quarterback as a backup to Matthew Stafford.
OT Brian Fineanganofo
Fineanganofo offers an intriguing athletic skill set and size for the position. He's not ready for Sundays yet, but he could be a real prize on a practice squad where he can continue to develop and get confident in his technique, continue to get stronger.
WR Ishmael Hyman
Made some splash plays in camp and managed to get open quite a bit in the final preseason game, but too many drops. There's ability there, but he needs further development.
S J.T. Hassell
Hassell is a supremely athletic linebacker conversion to safety that can also help with special teams. He found the ball and made tackles, but would occasionally get lost in coverage. He stands out as a prime practice squad candidate.
TE Stephen Carlson
A big bodied Princeton wideout trying to make the same move as Seth DeValve from college receiver to NFL tight end, Carslon made some catches, but simply isn't there yet in terms of his body. Has some athletic traits and things to develop if he can land on a practice squad.
OL Kyle Kalis
Kalis is a player with the ability to contribute at guard or center, has shown great strength at the point of attack and needs to be more consistent.
P Britton Colquitt being made available for trade
The Cleveland Browns have made the decision to bet on Jamie Gillan's remarkable physical talent at punter, which mean they are looking to move Britton Colquitt.
LB Willie Harvey
Willie Harvey is a classic run and chase linebacker that looked good when he was on the field, making tackles all over the place, but was caught up in a numbers game and didn't get as many reps as he probably warranted. He could be a nice player on the practice squad if they can get him.
DE Wyatt Ray
Ray showed ability to turn the corner and rush the quarterback, but needs to get better at the point of attack against the run and developing other moves. He might end up on a team in search of pass rush help.
OT Brad Seaton
Seaton is an enormous offensive tackle that got better as camp went on, able to play on both sides of the line of scrimmage. There aren't many 6-9 330lb offensive tackles that can move and Seaton appears to be one of them.
WR Dorian Baker
Big bodied receiver that was simply out played at that role by Jaelen Strong, who was already released.
WR Braxton Miller
He was a Brown for about 20 minutes, offered some gadget ability as a sixth receiver. The problem for Miller is he's already 26 years old and hasn't shown much as a receiver.
WR Derrick Willies
The most stunning move of the day, Willies looked like a lock to make the roster because of his ability on special teams and then he was showing well as a receiver. He is eligible for the practice squad if he can get there, but curious that the Browns kept Damion Ratley over him.
WR Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi
One of the best stories of camp, Guiseppi went Willie Mays Hayes conning his way into camp in the first place and then getting to return a punt for a touchdown. Guiseppi was a returner only and had no idea how to do anything else. And short of being a Devin Hester type, that's borderline impossible to keep.
TE Seth DeValve
Right now, the Browns don't appear to have a blocking back currently, which is something to keep an eye on. They will likely add someone who can do it or perhaps even DeValve back when the smoke cleans. DeValve clearly has ability and simply hasn't been able to stay healthy consistently.
RB Trayonne Gray
A fullback at Miami(FL), was trying out a big back for the Browns, he had a few opportunities in the preseason and looked interesting, but he may well have been the last guy on the depth chart
RB AJ Oullette
Oullette was interesting, showed some things in camp. He has a great combination of athletic traits and production, but was beaten out by D'Ernest Johnson and Dontrell Hilliard.
FB Joe Kerridge
Waived with an injury designation for a concussion, Kerridge was the only true, old school fullback the Browns had in camp this year. And he played that way, at one point allegedly finishing a rep without a helmet on.
OT Travis Vornkahl
Vornkahl is a light weight project offensive lineman that was way down on the depth chart. He also had one of the most nightmare series of plays in the final preseason game, where he had a penalty on the first play, caught a deflected ball behind the line of scrimmage on the next one for a loss of yards, and then got called for a holding penalty in the end zone for a safety on the third.
OT Bryan Witzmann
Witzmann seemed to be auditioning for the sixth man, can play anywhere on the line type guy and just wasn't very good. Good size for tackle, experience playing guard, the Browns made a trade for a guy in the role Witzmann was competing to take.
OG Willie Wright
A converted tackle that was initially trying out as a center before taking the bulk of his reps at left guard, Willie Wright's athleticism and mentality for the position are worth developing on a practice squad. He might be a year away from being a player that belongs on a roster and could have the potential to play down the line.
DT Brandin Bryant
The Browns had a ton of talent on the defensive line and Bryant was largely a body when they needed someone to take reps.
DE Anthony Zettel
The writing seemed to be on the wall for Zettel, though he was arguably the fourth best edge player on the team. He will contribute for someone this season, similar to the manner in which Carl Nassib did last year.
LB Anthony Stubbs
An linebacker/edge player that came from a small school and didn't make a quick adjustment to the NFL. He had the sack that sealed the victory against the Detroit Lions, which is a great moment for him.
LB Dedrick Young II
Another linebacker that didn't get a ton of run in preseason games, the undrafted rookie out of Nebraska seemed to find himself behind fellow undrafted rookie Willie Harvey, who was also released.
LB Ray Ray Armstrong
Armstrong was a special teams only style linebacker that fell victim to the numbers game. Adarius Taylor was a fixture on special teams who was also able to at least contribute on the field a little bit as a linebacker.
CB Robert Jackson
Consistently struggled in coverage, Jackson's appeal was as a big bodied defensive back that made some big hits on special teams in preseason games. He ultimately lost out to Tavierre Thomas, who had a track record from last year in the same capacity.
CB Donnie Lewis Jr.
A player that seemed to be drafted with the intent to ultimately end up on the practice squad, Jones was still recovering from a Jones fracture in his foot that kept him out of minicamp. He was able to compete in training camp, but even if he was healthy, he likely didn't trust his foot or have himself back to where he was before the injury.
CB Lenzy Pipkins
Much like Robert Jackson, Pipkins seemed to struggle in coverage but looked reasonably effective on special teams.
S Tigie Sankoh
Somehow still only 21 year old, this was either the second or third year Sankoh was on the Browns during training camp. He was originally part of an international program that had him cover over from the United Kingdom.
K Greg Joseph
Joseph didn't lose the kicking competition, but he lost the job. More consistent in camp, Joseph was always at a disadvantage competing against a draft pick, but he also never seized the job.
P Britton Colquitt
Definitely a surprise, Colquitt is just a really good punter and will have a job as soon as he wants one. The Browns opted to go with the more physically talented Jamie Gillan, who is still learning the job, Colquitt was very good in his time with the Browns and he'll always have this
Trade with Tennessee Titans for WR Taywan Taylor for an undisclosed 2020 draft pick
Reportedly, the deal is for a seventh round pick, Taywan Taylor was a player that came in and performed reasonably well as a rookie, but simply was inconsistent. Taylor is only going to be 24 years old this year and had 37 receptions for 466 yards in 13 games this past season.
Trade with Green Bay Packers for OL Justin McCray for an undisclosed 2020 draft pick
There's talk this is for a swap of seventh round picks, Justin McCray is a 27-year old veteran that James Campen knows and has experience playing multiple spots on the offensive line, including right guard. With Drew Forbes hurt and Wyatt Teller a career left guard to this point, they needed someone that could come in and play right guard if Eric Kush gets hurt.