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Browns Pick Up Rodney Smith off Waivers, Drop LaRon Byrd

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The Browns picked up one wide receiver and dropped another late Friday afternoon.

Hannah Foslien

The Browns made a small roster move at wide receiver late Friday afternoon. The Browns were awarded wide receiver Rodney Smith via waivers from the Vikings, and dropped wideout LaRon Byrd to make space on the active roster for Smith, the team announced.

At 6-5, 220 pounds, Smith is your average big-bodied receiver. A second year product out of Florida State, Smith was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He spent five weeks on the team's practice squad before he was promoted to the 53-man roster. Smith appeared in four games and was active in seven in 2013.

This season, Smith saw time in Minnesota's season opener, but was on the inactive list for the next three games. He was waived by the Vikings on Thursday so the team could pick up backup quarterback Chandler Harnish.

Smith started 34 games while at Florida State, recording 1,540 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He is not to be confused with Rodney K. Smith, who wrote a critical article about FSU quarterback Jameis Winston today in the Deseret News.

Daily Norseman conducted a cool interview with Smith in August, and it is worth checking out if you want to learn more about the newest Cleveland Brown.

Byrd, the casualty of this move, was on the field for seven plays in Cleveland's opener against the Steelers.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Browns' active roster is now full at 53 players, including six wide receivers.