The Cleveland Browns are playing musical chairs at the lower end of the running back position.
This morning, the team officially announced the re-signing of veteran running back Brandon Jackson to a one-year deal. In the process, they released UDFA running back Robbie Rouse, leaving the team with six running backs. Then, just a few hours later, the team announced that they were awarded UDFA running back Miguel Maysonet off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles. In order to complete the move, they had to waive UDFA running back Jamaine Cooke, a local player who was signed after the draft.
Forgive me for not being completely in tap with the college market, but Maysonet played for Stony Brook University, where he ran for 1,964 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior year. He must have been facing some stiff competition, eh? Based on his stats, it doesn't sound as though he was asked to catch the ball very often, though.
Maysonet is 5-10, 205 lbs, and was ranked as the No. 26 running back coming out of the draft by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler (sadly, that is just one spot shy of having a scouting report available by Brugler!). Apparantly, though, Maysonet's release from the Eagles on Monday drew some buzz:
It was curious on a few levels. Maysonet received a $10,000 signing bonus, the largest amount for any undrafted running back, according to a source. But he never got a chance to prove himself in OTA practices.
By NCAA rule, Maysonet wasn't allowed to participate in last week's OTAs because his class at Stony Brook still hasn't graduated. He took part in a three-day rookie minicamp almost two weeks ago, and that was it.
Maysonet's release created an immediate buzz. In fact, he was trending for several minutes on Twitter, highly unusual for a small-school player.
Here is an updated look at the Browns' depth chart at running back, but after Trent Richardson, pretty much anyone on the list could win a backup or third-down role:
- Trent Richardson
- Montario Hardesty
- Chris Ogbonnaya
- Brandon Jackson
- Dion Lewis
- Miguel Maysonet
Does anyone out there have some extra intel on Maysonet?