Final Cut down day has come and gone and here’s the Browns first 53 man roster.
Quarterback (2). Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum.
Running back (4). Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, D’Ernest Jonson, Demetric Felton.
Fullback (1). Andy Janovich.
Tight End (3). Austin Hooper, David Njoku, Harrison Bryant.
Wide Receiver (5). Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Anthony Schwartz.
Offensive Line ( 10). Jedrick Wills, Jr., Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, Wyatt Teller, Jack Conklin, James Hudson, III, Michael Dunn, Nick Harris, Blake Hance, Chris Hubbard.
Defensive Line (9). Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney, Joe Jackson, Takk McKinley, Malik Jackson, Malik McDowell, Jordan Elliot, Andrew Billings, Tommy Togiai.
Linebacker (6). Mack Wilson, Malcolm Smith, Anthony Walker, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Sione Takitaki, Tony Fields, II.
Cornerback (5). Denzel Ward, Greg Newsome, Troy Hill, Greedy Williams, A.J. Green.
Safety (5). John Johnson, III, Ronnie Harrison, Grant Delpit, Richard LeCounte, III, M.J. Stewart.
Specialists (3). Chase McLaughlin, Jamie Gillam, Charlie Hughlett.
My first impressions of this roster? It’s still the most talented Browns roster I’ve ever seen and I have no problems with it. While Browns twitter will argue the Browns should have kept the number six wide reciever (KhaDarel Hodge), I won’t. First of all, to borrow a line from Monty Python And The Holy Grail to describe Browns twitter, “It’s a silly place.” D’Ernest Johnson is way more valuable to this team then Hodge and that’s who took his roster spot. Besides if the Browns waived Johnson you know the Ravens would have claimed him in a heartbeat. The Browns offensive line is the best in the NFL and the second team OL is better than about six other NFL teams starting offensive lines.
As for the defense, nine defensive linemen sounds right. A very talented group. Malik McDowell showed he belongs on an NFL roster. The linebacker group has a good mix of veterans and youth. The speed of this group is very impressive. As for the secondary, five corners and five safeties will allow DC Joe Woods to be creative in his coverage schemes while still being able to cover the run. Woods wants this defense to be a top five defense and they just might be able to achieve that goal.
Practice squad. WR Ja’Marcus Bradley, DT Sheldon Day, TE Jordan Franks, DE Porter Gustin, CB Tim Harris, RB John Kelly, LB Elijah Lee, S Jovante Moffatt, G David Moore, QB Nick Mullins, K Chris Naggar, WR JoJo Natson, FB/TE Johnny Stanton, OL Jordan Steckler and DE Curtis Weaver.
GM Andrew Berry still needs to sign one more player to the practice squad and it will probably be a defensive back. The practice squad will be in flux all year because injuries will happen. The players will be back on the practice field next week and then it’s on to Kansas City. It’s almost time, Browns fans! So far, so good.