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Browns promote TE Connor Hamlett, waive S Don Jones

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On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns promoted tight end Connor Hamlett from the practice squad. To make room for him on the 53-man roster, the club waived backup safety Don Jones.

Hamlett was with the Browns for all of training camp. He made a name for himself near the beginning of camp with a bunch of red zone catches for touchdowns, followed by some “Gronk” spikes. As the preseason games went on, though, that production faded and Randall Telfer settled in to the No. 2 tight end spot as a blocker. With rookie Seth DeValve securing the third tight end spot, the team didn’t need four tight ends on their main roster.

Injuries necessitated the team adding Hamlett to the main roster heading into Week 5. Telfer suffered a high ankle sprain last week, which could take him out of commission for about a month. I’m actually a little surprised the team didn’t just place him on injured reserve like they did to outside linebacker Nate Orchard, but perhaps that is still coming. DeValve is still out nursing a knee injury, so Hamlett will jump right up to No. 2 on the depth chart.

Jones had been active in each of the team’s first four games. He had not played a single defensive snap and was strictly playing on special teams. With Ibraheim Campbell set to return from injury this week, it sounds like Cleveland will be fine having three safeties on the roster and using one of their cornerbacks on the back end of the depth chart to fill his void on special teams.

Cleveland will be making another roster move soon, as center Austin Reiter suffered a torn ACL during last week’s game. He should be placed on injured reserve soon, but the team has not yet announced who will take hit spot.