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Browns GM Ray Farmer Returns, Shakes up Practice Squad

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Browns general manager Ray Farmer has signed three players to the practice squad in the last two days, including Ty Zimmerman (pictured above making a tackle).

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Ray Farmer is back and making moves.

The Browns general manager returned Monday from his four-game suspension for Textgate. Following a meeting with head coach Mike Pettine, Farmer proceeded to alter the practice squad roster.

On Monday, the Browns signed offensive lineman Ronald Patrick. On Tuesday, the club signed defensive lineman Ray Drew and defensive back Ty Zimmerman.

The Browns released offensive lineman Andrew McDonald, defensive lineman Dylan Wynn, and offensive lineman Garth Gerhart to make room on the practice squad.

Patrick entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent last season with the Cowboys. The South Carolina product spent time on the Cowboys' and Steelers' practice squads in 2014. Patrick spent two weeks on Dallas' practice squad this season before his release on September 29. The 6'2, 308 pound offensive lineman has not yet played in an NFL game.

Drew signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in May before Miami released him at the end of training camp. The 6'4, 282 pound defensive lineman spent his college days at the University of Georgia, where he accrued 113 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and seven sacks in 46 games. According to his NFL Draft profile, Drew played tackle and end in a 4-3 scheme and end in a 3-4 system. The former five star recruit did not live up to the hype in his career at Georgia.

Zimmerman signed with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in May before Seattle cut him at the end of training camp. The 6'0, 213 pound prospect enjoyed a stellar career at Oregon State, starting three seasons at safety. The South Carolina native topped the Beavers with 91 tackles and three interceptions.

Farmer's first three moves since his return are not earth-shattering, but could be a sign of his readiness to make moves this week.