The Cleveland Browns have options should be ready on these potential roster cuts from the Steelers, Chiefs and Packers.
The preseason is around the corner and training camp in full swing. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at the wide receivers and tight ends on the Cleveland Browns‘ roster as well as potential additions based on John Dorsey, Hue Jackson, and Todd Haley’s past.
Training camp began with a lot of promise and honestly, there still is plenty with the Browns pass catchers. With the uncertainty of the Josh Gordon situation and the injuries to Ricardo Louis and Seth DeValve, it’s time to dig a little deeper.
Without Gordon, the Browns will trot out Jarvis Landry, Corey Coleman, Antonio Callaway, Rashard Higgins, Jeff Janis, Damion Ratley, and for this exercise we’ll include Duke Johnson since we’ll see him out wide as well. Obviously Dez Bryant and Jeremy Maclin are big name WRs who may provide a boost, but they may be a little long in the tooth.
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As you see while the tight end position has promise, there isn’t a lot of substance which includes David Njoku, Darren Fells, and now Orson Charles without DeValve and undrafted Devon Cajuste. It stands to reason both positions could use an upgrade at least on the back end of the roster.
So in this exercise, let’s look at the Packers, Chiefs, Steelers and Bengals rosters and try to pick up on a guy who can be traded for or will be a waiver claim at the end of the preseason.
For the Packers, we need to look for youth. They used a few late round picks on receivers in April. The same approach was done in 2017.
With the front office turnover in the offseason, including Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith joining Cleveland, the Browns front office may have eyes here for more Packers cuts. Keep an eye on Trevor Davis or second year Purdue product DeAngelo Yancey.
The same idea can be assumed with Kansas City with Dorsey’s history there, namely DeMarcus Robinson or even a Jehu Chesson. In Pittsburgh, if we look at the veteran route, maybe we see a Darrius Heyward-Bey or a Justin Hunter hit the free agent market at the end of camp. If the Steelers keep those vets, keep an eye on Marcus Tucker who was on their practice squad but has shown flashes.
In Cincinnati, not a lot of receivers remain from Jackson’s tenure, but there is potential in a Cody Core who will need to fight to make the team. Tight end is a different story. Clearly, the Browns could use more depth, so will Xavier Grimble be a surprise cut of the Steelers? How about Lance Kendricks in Green Bay with the addition of Jimmy Graham? In both Cincinnati and Kansas City, it’s hard to imagine a surprise cut who will impact the Browns.
With the most current cap room in the NFL and a chance to have a proven QB in Tyrod Taylor, or top pick Baker Mayfield, the Browns could look the veteran route to help them out. However, as you see above, there is more than meets the eye.