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Cleveland Browns 53-Man Roster Projection (Version 3)

The pressure is on -- who will make the final cut for the Cleveland Browns?
The pressure is on -- who will make the final cut for the Cleveland Browns?

Since my previous roster projection for the Cleveland Browns, a lot of moves were made to get the roster down to 75 players. After the jump, my third roster projection has been updated to reflect the cuts, injury-related moves, and more. I will have one final roster projection immediately following this Thursday's preseason game against the Bears.

Pos Final Roster Players Cut
QB Brandon Weeden
Colt McCoy
Seneca Wallace
Thaddeus Lewis
RB Trent Richardson
Montario Hardesty
Brandon Jackson
Chris Ogbonnaya
Adonis Thomas*
FB Owen Marecic
Brad Smelley*
WR Greg Little
Mohamed Massaquoi
Josh Gordon
Travis Benjamin
Joshua Cribbs
Jordan Norwood
Carlton Mitchell
Josh Cooper*
Rod Windsor*
Bert Reed
Jermaine Saffold
Owen Spencer

TE Ben Watson
Jordan Cameron
Evan Moore
Alex Smith
Dan Gronkowski
OL Joe Thomas
Jason Pinkston
Alex Mack
Shawn Lauvao
Mitchell Schwartz
John Greco
Ryan Miller
Stanley Daniels
Oniel Cousins
Dominic Alford*
Jarrod Shaw
Garth Gerhart
Matt Cleveland
Jake Anderson

Jeff Shugarts
DL Ahtyba Rubin
Jabaal Sheard
Frostee Rucker
Emmanuel Stephens
Brian Schaefering
Scott Paxson
Juqua Parker
John Hughes
Billy Winn
Marcus Benard
Auston English
Brian Sanford
Kiante Tripp
William Green
Ronnie Cameron*
Ernest Owusu
LB D'Qwell Jackson
Kaluka Maiava
James-Michael Johnson
L.J. Fort
Craig Robertson
Benjamin Jacobs*
Quinton Spears
Emmanuel Acho
JoJo Dickson
S T.J. Ward
Eric Hagg
Usama Young
Ray Ventrone
David Sims

CB Joe Haden
Sheldon Brown
Dimitri Patterson
Buster Skrine
Trevin Wade
James Dockery
Tashaun Gipson
Johnson Bademosi*
Emanuel Davis
Antwuan Reed
ST Christian Yount
Phil Dawson
Reggie Hodges
Jeff Wolfert
Spencer Lanning

Already on PUP: DT Phil Taylor
Already on IR:
LB Chris Gocong, LB Emmanuel Acho, FB Eddie Williams
Projected Suspension List: LB Scott Fujita

Listed below is what has changed since the last time. Any position not listed did not have any changes.

General Roster Projection Notes

  • Running Back: I moved RB Chris Ogbonnaya to the active roster, keeping four running backs for the first time in my roster projections. There is just too big of a question mark at this position due to the injury concerns. Trent Richardson has missed most of camp after having his knee cleaned up. Montario Hardesty had some soreness the other day, and Brandon Jackson did not play all of last year. Ogbonnaya has been slowed by an ankle injury, but I think he'll stick around until Richardson shows he is good-to-go.

  • Fullback / Tight End: Based on the preseason, it has become apparent that TE Alex Smith is still valued heavily by the coaching staff. I won't budge and get rid of Evan Moore, so that makes rookie seventh-round pick Brad Smelley expendable and headed for the practice squad.

  • Offensive Line: OT Oniel Cousins has really struggled in camp; you can see why the Ravens cut him outright last year. After being slowed by an injury over the past week or so, he could be headed for the same path. Against the Packers, OL John Greco showed his versatility by playing some left tackle -- he looked a lot better than Cousins there. I tried to look at each of the other lineman during Colt McCoy's drive, and OG Stanley Daniels, who has made a couple of starts with Denver in the past, caught my eye the most. Therefore, I swapped Cousins and Daniels.

  • Defensive Line: DE Marcus Benard was moved to the "waived" side after the team waived/injured him on Monday. With Auston English also waived, I don't see another defensive end who has made a splash. I think it says something that despite being bothered by an injury the past few weeks, the team did not placed DT Scott Paxson on the waived/injured list. With Phil Taylor officially on the PUP, the Browns may want to carry five defensive tackles to keep the rotation fresh up front. Paxson had replaced Benard in this version.

  • Linebacker: LB Emmanuel Acho was placed on injured reserve. This position looks really thin, and I don't know if Cleveland would really go into the season with just five linebackers. This is something that could change based on who I see playing in the Bears game. Their sixth linebacker, Scott Fujita, won't count toward the roster for the first three games.

  • Cornerback / Safety: I added CB Johnson Bademosi to the practice squad, removing English from the practice squad in the process.

Feel free to tell me any changes you would make to the list in the comments section below!