Browns Sign FB Brock Bolen, LB Justin Cole, and Waive Two Players

FB Brock Bolen, formerly of the Jaguars, has signed with the Cleveland Browns. - Sam Greenwood

Just one day before training camp opens to the public, the Cleveland Browns announced a pair of roster moves on the lower end of the depth chart. Let's start with the players who were let go.

Players Waived

  • WR Keenan Davis - In my camp preview that featured the four undrafted free agent receivers on the team, Davis received the second most support in the fan voting, so don't worry -- the majority favorite, Cordell Roberson, will still be at camp. This move isn't a surprising one. Davis had the same exact scouting report as WR Tori Gurley, and the Browns added another receiver on Monday in Naaman Roosevelt, formerly of the Buffalo Bills.
  • OL Dominic Alford - When I wrote Part 4 of my offensive line preview, I said the following about Alford: "Unfortunately for Alford, I think he is the very definition of camp fodder in 2013." The Browns must have felt the same. He has had some decent camps in the past, but he was stuck in a situation where he really has no chance at making the final roster in Cleveland, and has also used up a couple of years of practice squad eligibility.

Players Added

  • FB Brock Bolen - One day after offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he envisioned there being a traditional fullback available for the offense this year, the Browns went out and signed...a traditional fullback. Bolen (6-0, 232 lbs) played college at Louisville and was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009 as an undrafted free agent. Bolen has logged 20 games played (no starts) in the NFL, mostly seeing action on special teams. He was on injured reserve for all of 2012. We'll see if he competes with Owen Marecic and/or Brad Smelley for a starting role.
  • LB Justin Cole - In terms of playing time in the NFL, Cole is pretty similar to Bolen -- he has played in 20 games with no starts, mostly seeing action on special teams. He is 6-4, 243 lbs, entering the league in 2010 with the Kansas City Chiefs and spending the past two seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He could see some action at outside linebacker with the third-string defense.

Both signings look like players who special teams coordinator Chris Tabor could have lobbied for, in hopes of utilizing them on the coverage units in camp.

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