Apparently, despite a regime change, the Cleveland Browns are going to continue being a home to players outcast from the Philadelphia Eagles' organization. Friday night, the Browns reported that they had claimed linebacker Ryan Rau off waivers from the Eagles. The claim was processed one day after the Browns had traded linebacker Emmanuel Acho to the Eagles for running back Dion Lewis.
Rau was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Eagles in 2012. He was with the team for all of training camp, including the third preseason game in which he registered four tackles against the Browns. He did not make the final roster, but was added to the team's practice squad. Rau was promoted to the Eagles' active roster in early December and played in four games, mostly on special teams, registering three tackles.
SiriusXM's Adam Caplan was asked about Rau and gave the following assessment:
Try hard LB, gives great effort. Limited athletically. Special teams. RT @kjharte: @caplannfl Any inside info on Rau?Camp fodder?Thanks.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 12, 2013
In terms of size, Rau would project as an inside linebacker on defense. At this point, though, he can probably be considered camp fodder.