The Cleveland Browns trimmed their roster from 80 players to 78 players Monday morning, with one of the cuts standing out: CB Roderick Hood. When the Browns first signed Hood, he was expected to compete with CB Brandon McDonald for a starting role. If he couldn't beat out McDonald, then the former member of the Arizona Cardinals seemed to be a lock for the nickel back position.
Hood did not come on strong enough in camp to unseat McDonald, but the cut is still a surprising one. It was expected that either Corey Ivy or Hank Poteat would be released before Hood. Perhaps the fact that Hood had a bad game this past Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, coupled with the emergence of sixth-round CB Coye Francies, led to the decision.
Here is the list of the cuts the Browns made this morning:
- LB Roderick Hood
- LB Robert McCune
- TE Nate Jackson
None of the other cuts are very surprising.
Also among the news this morning is that OL Ryan Tucker underwent arthroscopic knee surgery last Wednesday. Tucker probably won't be ready for the opener, meaning our depth against the Minnesota Vikings will be slim with Rex Hadnot not scheduled to return until Week 2 at the earliest.
OL Branndon Braxton was re-signed, presumably due to the offensive line situation. Mangini also declined to name a strarting quarterback at this point.