Fred Greetham makes his predictions on what the final roster will look like for the Cleveland Browns.
By FRED GREETHAM FS Ohio
This is the time for NFL players to wonder what their future holds as teams must get down to their final roster of 53 players by the 6 pm mandate on Saturday. The
Browns are no different and they must make 22 roster moves within the next 24 hours. Similar to a mock draft and because this is what we do, we're going to take a projection on what we think the roster will look like, barring trades or players being placed on injured reserve.
RB -- (
Trent Richardson, Brandon Jackson,
Chris Ogbonnaya) Once considered one of the strengths of the team, in terms of depth, that changed quickly when
Dion Lewis and Montario Hardesty were lost for the season. Jackson didn't have a lot of success in the preseason and the versatility of Ogbonnaya allows the Browns to keep only three, but they might scan the waiver wire and/or keep a running back on the practice squad.
Brad Smelley is a hybrid who can play tight end and fullback and could be kept.
TE -- (
Kellen Davis) Two of the three have been sidelined during the preseason, but the Browns don't have the luxury of keeping four. Dan Gronkowski could stick over Davis.
DL -- (
Billy Winn, John Hughes, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen,
Armonty Bryant) Pretty solid group up front and with the three-man front, might not need more than six. Bryant played well in the last preseason game and they would like to keep him, but could lose him if they try to put him on the practice squad.
Brian Sanford was traded and then returned to the Browns, thus likely making him the odd man out.
Practice squad: The practice squad is always a guess because players must be waived before they can be placed on the squad. Plus, any NFL team can sign a player off of the practice squad at any time to their active roster, but here's a guess as to current players on the roster the Browns might try to retain if they do not make the 53-man roster: OL
Aaron Adams, RB
Miguel Maysonet, DB Abdul Kanneh, DB Akeem Auguste, DB Josh Aubrey, WR Tori Gurley, FB Brad Smelley, DL Armonty Bryant, DL
Hall Davis, WR Mike Edwards, WR
Cordell Roberson, LB Eric Martin, P/K
Colton Schmidt and LB Paul Hazel.