The Cleveland Browns invited four players to try out at the team's mandatory minicamp. This is a big opportunity for them to show they are worthy of a roster spot heading into training camp, as the back-end of the roster is still very fluid at this time of year.
The players trying out include RB Rajion Neal, TE Kevin Haplea, TE Arthur Lynch, and K Patrick Murray. Here is a little bit of background information on each of them:
- RB Rajion Neal (5-11, 210 lbs) - An undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2014, he first signed with the Green Bay Packers, where he spent all of training camp. He also spent some time on the practice squad and was with the club during all of training camp in 2015 before missing the final cut. After that, he had brief stints on the practice squads of the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and Pittsburgh Steelers.
- TE Kevin Haplea (6-3, 245 lbs) - An undrafted free agent out of Florida State in 2015, Haplea should be a familiar name to some Browns fans. He signed with Cleveland after a tryout last May, but was waived about a week or two after the start of training camp. Considering the Browns have all new offensive coaches, it is a bit surprising to see him get another tryout with the same club. Perhaps Chris Tabor wanted to bring him in for something on special teams?
- TE Arthur Lynch (6-5, 250 lbs) - Lynch was a 5th round draft pick in 2014 by the Miami Dolphins. He spent all season on injured reserve and was waived a few weeks before the start of the 2015 season. The New York Jets briefly claimed and then waived him before he caught on with the Denver Broncos on their practice squad. After the Broncos released him in early-December, he was suspended by the NFL a week later -- we're not sure what, but he is now re-instated.
- K Patrick Murray (5-7, 182 lbs) - Murray is the most intriguing invite. After the club tried out a bunch of inexperienced kickers, Murray logged an impressive season back in 2014 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was 20-of-24 that season (83.3%) including 5-of-6 from beyond 50 yards. He suffered an injury during training camp last year and was placed on injured reserve for the season. The Buccaneers drafted a kicker in the second round this year, so they waived Murray in mid-May. Murray would offer tough competition to Travis Coons if the club were to sign him.