A day after naming their 53-man roster, the Cleveland Browns waived DL Brian Sanford and waived/injured DT Scott Paxson. With those two spots open, the team claimed LB Tank Carder and DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen off waivers.
Though he impressed with his coverage ability early on in training camp, Carder had fallen off of the radar later in the pre-season. The fifth-round draft pick out of TCU saw only brief late-game appearances against Pittsburgh and Detroit, and he was not a member of the team's top kick and punt coverage units, either.
At 6-2, 236 pounds, it sounds like Carder did not see a lot of action throughout the later part of camp as an outside linebacker. You can imagine that he is, in essence, filling the roster spot that Emmanuel Acho would have had if he had not been placed on injured reserve. With Scott Fujita suspended and James-Michael Johnson having an oblique injury, the Browns were in desperate need of help at linebacker as soon as possible.
Kitchen is a massive 6-3, 334 pound defensive tackle from Kent State. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent following the draft. Perhaps one of our KSU fans can give us a scouting report on him? For the Browns to get rid of both veterans, Brian Schaefering and Scott Paxson, and not keep Ronnie Cameron on the 53-man roster, they must have really liked Kitchen to claim him. The only veteran defensive tackle on the team right now is Ahtyba Rubin; everyone else is a rookie.