The Browns need to cut down to 85 players by the end of Tuesday.
According to Spotrac, the Browns have 90 players on their active roster, which means to meet the guidelines of the NFL, they’ll need to cut five players by Tuesday, followed by another five at the end of the week. They’ll then need to 17 after the last preseason game. That’s 27 total players who aren’t going to be on the team in three weeks’ time.
Some of those 27 players will end up on the practice squad, while others may get another shot in the league elsewhere. That’s a lot of quality talent being let go. So who are the five likeliest players to be let go of first?
That’s what we’re looking at today.
WR Alexander Hollins
The Browns have 11 wide receivers on their roster according to Spotrac, 12 counting Demetric Felton, who’s getting reps at the position in training camp. Cleveland will likely only carry five, maybe six per week. That means at least five receivers are going to get cut between now and the end of the preseason.
Alexander Hollins is one of the least impressive guys on the roster at that position. He came over as a free agent at the end of the season after the Vikings released him. He never played for the Browns and really doesn’t have much in the way of intangibles. He runs a 4.5+ 40 and isn’t very big, so nothing about his profile makes him someone to take a rider on and keep around.
He could be brought back if injuries mount up, but that’s really the only way he makes the roster.
Cutting him will declutter an overcrowded receiver room.