ANALYSIS: Final Roster And Practice Squad

Another busy day in Berea, as the Browns signed two players, cut two players and signed 14 to their practice squad. The Browns signed defensive end Joe Jackson and defensive tackle Vincent Taylor. Jackson was drafted by the Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2019 draft. He played in five games, registering four tackles, one pass defended and one quarterback hit. Taylor was a sixth round pick of the Dolphins in 2017. He played in 21 games for Miami in 2017, 2018 and three games for Buffalo in 2019. Over that time period he totaled 51 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks and three quarterback hits.

Two veterans who are much needed depth.

To make room for Jackson and Taylor the Browns released DT Eli Ankou and TE Pharaoh Brown. As mentioned in my last article, if GM Andrew Berry saw a player he liked, he would sign them. It helped to trim the tight end room from five to four. I assumed the Browns wouldn’t carry nine defensive linemen and I was wrong, but Berry took care of the lack of depth on the defensive line. Both Ankou and Brown could still be signed to the practice squad.

And speaking of the practice squad, here are the fourteen players the Browns signed on Sunday:

QB Garrett Gilbert, RBs Dontrell Hilliard & Benny LeMay, FB Johnny Stanton, WRs Ja’Marcus Bradley & Taywan Taylor, OL Brady Aiello & Michael Dunn, LB Montrel Meander, CBs A.J. Green & Robert Jackson, S Javonte Moffatt & Elijah Benton and K Cody Parkey.

Of the 14 players signed, 13 of them were with the Browns this training camp. If a player on the roster gets injured, the transition from the practice squad will be easier. The only puzzling name on this list is K Cody Parkey.

Competition or an insurance policy? Only Andrew Berry knows.

I was glad to see the Browns re-sign Meander, Green, Jackson, Hilliard, Taylor and Moffatt. All were having a great training camp. The mystery is why no CB Donovan Olumba, OL Alex Taylor or DE Chad Thomas? There are still two spots available on the practice squad.

The 2020 Browns roster is loaded with talent, however there are some lingering questions. What is the health of LB Mack Wilson, CB Greedy Williams and CB Kevin Johnson? Williams and Johnson appear to be close to returning to practice, while Wilson is an unknown. The Browns could place Wilson on the short-term injured reserved list. That would require Wilson only miss three games and the Browns could pursue a veteran linebacker like Todd Davis. The first injury report this week will be interesting.

All in all, GM Andrew Berry did an excellent job acquiring talent, so let’s get ready for the Week 1 Browns game!

 

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