Say 'Bye Bye' to Bret Lockett; Benard Next?
For those of you who really wanted to see S Bret Lockett make the Browns' practice squad, you can forget about it. The undrafted free agent was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots today. The Patriots wanted him so much that they waived WR Greg Lewis in the process. Back in March, the Patriots traded a fifth-round draft choice to Philadelphia for Lewis. Lockett had a good camp and seemed to make some nice tackles in one-on-one situations. Hopefully Mangini really likes the players we claimed off waivers to lose Lockett in the first place. [Visit Pats Pulpit for their take]
Next up, we'll see if LB Marcus Benard clears waivers and makes the Browns' practice squad.
Here are some other headlines today:
Beatdown's Take on Cedric Peerman
One of the players the Browns claimed off waivers yesterday was Baltimore Ravens running back Cedric Peerman. I asked Baltimore Beatdown's Bruce Raffel how Peerman's camp had gone for the Ravens:
"Cedric Peerman was the Baltimore Ravens 6th round draft pick, out of University of Virginia. He is an ordained minister and was fighting for a spot behind the Ravens "3-headed monster," comprised of Willis McGahee, Ray Rice and Le'Ron McClain. His competition was both Jalen Parmele and Matt Lawrence. While the team was expected to only keep one of the three between Peerman, Parmele and Lawrence, they decided to keep both Parmele and Lawrence, leaving Peeman as the odd man out. Parmele had some good gains during the preseason and Lawrence also proved his value with solid work on special teams."
"While Peerman had a decent outing in the final preseason game, it was not enough to land him on the team's roster, although they might have signed him to the practice squad had he not be gobbled up by the Ravens AFC North division foes, the Cleveland Browns."
"Good luck with Peerman, he's a good guy and will make a decent backup."
Rogers, Harrison, Bowens, and Pool Return to Practice
After missing what ended up being most of the second half of training camp, DT Shaun Rogers returned to practice, at least for individual drills. Mangini would not comment on whether he would play this Sunday, but it's probably safe to assume he'll be ready to go.
Other players returning to practice or practicing included LB David Bowens, S Brodney Pool, and RB Jerome Harrison.