The fullback is a disposable, but necessary commodity for the Browns offense. This explains why the Browns have not been afraid to tinker with the position this season.
The Browns signed Ray Agnew and dropped Kiero Small on Tuesday, eliciting some déjà vu for Browns fans. On October 20, the Browns released Agnew to sign Small.
"It was just an evaluation," head coach Mike Pettine told Cleveland.com. "We wanted to make sure. We wanted to see Small and compare him to the body of work of Agnew. Just decided it was time to switch back.
In the three games Small started at fullback, the Browns picked up a combined 259 yards, 170 of those coming against the Bengals last Thursday. The former Seahawks rookie did not record a rushing attempt or reception as a Brown.
Agnew did not play for another team after October 20. He expressed his excitement to be back in Cleveland on Tuesday.
"I really love the guys in here, I met some really good people," Agnew told Cleveland.com. "I'm happy to see these guys again. I was just rooting for them."
Agnew started the first six games of the season at fullback and figures to do so this Sunday against the Texans.
In other news, the Browns released defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel from the practice squad, signing defensive tackle Jamie Meder to replace him on Tuesday.
Meder hails from Parma, Ohio, as he attended Valley Forge High School before matriculating to Ashland University. The Ravens signed the rookie to their practice squad at the end of the preseason. Meder remained with Baltimore until the team released him at the beginning of the week, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The Cleveland Browns have signed VF alumni DT Jamie Meder to the practice squad! Good luck Jamie and welcome home!— Valley Forge HS FB (@ForgeFootball) November 12, 2014
Tim Rose, Meder's defensive coordinator, said this of Meder last spring: "He's probably the strongest kid I've ever been around," Rose told Cleveland.com. "And he's really more athletic than you think he is. He's not super fast and he runs a little bit high, but he's really a big dancing bear kind of guy."
McDaniel was the victim of the move, as he was released on Tuesday. The rookie enjoyed part of his off week in Tallahassee, taking in Saturday's Florida State–Virginia game.
It's almost unfortunate that the Browns let go of McDaniel, as we will never have the chance to see the rookie wear these boots.
I'm bringing em back to Cleveland with me.. I'm winter ready for the time being. Haha. pic.twitter.com/oFF2ZzkCHi— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) November 10, 2014
Even after he was cut, McDaniel displayed confidence that he would make his way back into the NFL.
Ish happens. I'll be on a team soon. I'm still blessed n thankful. That's how it euros if u don't get drafted. I'll get there. #blessed— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) November 11, 2014
This drive long asf thiugg. But I gotta continue to move. No need to stay in Cleveland.. Back to work tomorrow. Bang.— Jacobbi McDaniel (@JacobbiJustice) November 11, 2014