Prior to tonight’s final pre-season game, I thought I would try and give my best guess on the Browns’ first 53 before the Tuesday roster cutdown. I call it the first 53 because, after Tuesday, GM Andrew Berry will be adjusting the roster for a couple of days. This will not be an easy task. For once the Browns roster is loaded from top to bottom. It’s so good, Berry will have to perform his best magic just to get the right guys on the Browns sixteen-man practice squad. So here goes with my best guess barring any injuries Sunday night or trades before the cut deadline.
Quarterback (2). Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum. Hopefully, the Browns will be able to sneak Kyle Lauletta onto the practice squad.
Running Back (3). Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Demetric Felton. D’Ernest Johnson belongs on the roster, but It’s a numbers game.
Fullback (1) Andy Janovich.
Wide Receiver (6) Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham, Jr., Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, JoJo Natson, Anthony Schwartz. Davion Davis’ suspension gives the Browns a two-week grace period because he doesn’t count against the 53 man roster.
Tight Ends (4) Austin Hopper, David Njoku, Harrison Bryant, Johnny Stanton. Stanton proved he can play tight end.
Offensive Line (9) Jedrick Wills, Wyatt Teller, J.C. Tretter, Joel Bitonio, Jack Conklin, James Hudson, Blake Hance, Greg Senat, Michael Dunn. This position group is so deep.
Defensive Line (9) Takk McKinley, Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, Porter Gustin, Malik Jackson, Malik McDowell, Tommy Togiai, Jordan Elliot, Sheldon Day. Hopefully, Marvin Wilson and Curtis Weaver will make it through waivers and end up on the practice squad.
Linebacker (6) Anthony Walker, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Sione Takitaki, Tony Fields, Elijah Lee, Jacob Phillips. The Browns will place Phillips on the IR after the cutdown and have a wink, wink deal with Malcolm Smith to return.
Cornerback (6) Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome, Troy Hill, A.J. Green, M.J. Stewart, Greedy Williams. Williams might be a cut candidate if better talent becomes available from another team.
Safety (4) John Johnson, III, Ronnie Harrison, Richard LeCounte, Grant Delpit. Delpit could also end up on the IR after the cutdowns. If that happens the Browns could resign Javonte Moffat.
Kicker (1) Chase McLaughlin, Punter (1) Jamie Gillian, Long Snapper (1) Charley Hughlett.
There’s my first final 53 man roster for the 2021 Browns. It wouldn’t surprise me if Andrew Berry makes some trades to acquire future assets. It would also not surprise me if there are quite a few mysterious injuries league-wide on Monday morning. Whatever happens, I trust Andrew Berry to build a competitive NFL roster.