The Cleveland Browns have picked up Easop Winston but he may not be a difference maker.
The Cleveland Browns made their first round of cuts by waiving two players who weren’t ever going to make the team, putting two men on IR, and cutting Sheldon Day. During the spree of moves over the last two days, the Browns added to their team. First by bringing cornerback Denzel Ward off the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP list), and the second by signing receiver Easop Winston.
Winston is a burner of a receiver, posting a 4.42 40-yard dash at his virtual pro day. That’s about it though when it comes to Winston. He only posted 1,600+ yards in two years at Washington State and is already on his third team in the NFL. He’s got top-end speed but he’s clearly missing that specific skill needed to be a top-end receiver in the NFL.
I’ve seen a few people talk about him maybe being a returner, which may make sense but he’s not really a returner historically. Over the last seven years, he’s only returned two kicks. It’s not exactly his forte and at 25, I feel like if he were to have something we’d have seen it by now.
The Browns would be better off giving someone else a shot at returning
Winston may be a decent kid but at 25, and in his third year in the league, I’d rather see what Demetric Felton and Anthony Schwartz can do as a returner, especially Schwartz because lord knows that man is allergic to catching passes.
Granted, the Browns have roster space, and only have to pay Winston a few thousand dollars to show up for a week or two before he gets cut, so there isn’t really any reason to get bent out of shape about his arrival.
Just be aware that he’ll likely be cut, as there’s next to no draft equity in him and Andrew Berry’s draft classes are looking more and more lackluster with each passing week.