On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. You can't tell me that the Browns didn't do a bit of a double take when they looked at who the Vikings waived to make room for Tate: TE MarQueis Gray.
During training camp, Gray was quite involved with the Browns' offense, spending time as both the primary fullback and at tight end. He caught 6 passes for 95 yards during the preseason to the point where it seemed like offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had big plans for him as a versatile weapon on offense. When the final cuts were announced, though, Gray didn't make the final 53-man roster: rookie FB Ray Agnew won the job over him, and the team also kept TE Jordan Cameron, TE Gary Barnidge, and TE Jim Dray in front of him at tight end.
I thought Cleveland would try to stash Gray on their practice squad, but the Vikings signed him to their 53-man roster, where he was re-united with former offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Gray was never a big part of the Vikings' offense, posting 1 catch for 16 yards on the season. He spent most of his time on the special teams coverage units.
The Browns, meanwhile, have bounced back-and-forth at the fullback position between Agnew and FB Kiero Small this season. At tight end, Cameron has missed three games already with concussion symptoms still lingering. TE Ryan Taylor was signed a few weeks ago as a tight end to help on special teams, but he was the victim of a holding penalty last week that called back a 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
I'll say it: I want Gray back on the Browns, and it's a move that makes sense. Taylor is not a long-term player, and Gray should know the offense better than him. On top of that, if Cleveland isn't content at the fullback position, they can re-evaluate the position with Gray and Agnew, and I'm sure Shanahan wouldn't mind haven't Gray's versatility at his disposal again. I'll be paying attention to the waiver wire later today to see if the Browns make a move on Gray: what about you, Browns fans?
UPDATE (11/20): Gray was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills.