Part 3 of our wide receiver preview for the Cleveland Browns investigates the prospects of Marlon Moore, Darius Jennings, Rannell Hall, and Dennis Parks.
8. MARLON MOORE - VETERAN SPECIAL TEAMS RECEIVER
Moore doesn't excel in any one area as a receiver. He is a veteran who showed he can make some catches in a pinch, but he doesn't create separation enough to be a planned part of the rotation. Fortunately for Moore, his chances at making the club rely more on his abilities on special teams. Strangely, he only had 1 tackle and 1 assist on special teams all of last season. The club will be looking to replace the special teams production lost by Johnson Bademosi, though, and Moore could step right in to that role. Moore will have the benefit of special teams coordinator Chris Tabor being retained again, but it's not a crutch he can completely rely on, which is why I have his roster odds at a shade below 50%.
Final Roster Odds: 45%
9. DARIUS JENNINGS - SMALLER YOUNG RECEIVER FROM PREVIOUS REGIME
Darius Jennings was an undrafted free agent in camp with the Browns last year. He was viewed as an alternative to Travis Benjamin from a return game perspective. He logged 7 catches for 76 yards in the preseason to beat out the likes of Josh Lenz and Shane Wynn for a spot on the practice squad.
Jennings remained on the practice squad until December, when he was promoted to essentially become the team's No. 3 receiver. In 4 games, he caught 14 passes for 117 yards and also had a nice 54-yard kick return. He struggled a bit in the team's final game of the season in which there were a few 50/50-type balls that he couldn't come up with. Because of his size and Andrew Hawkins' spot on the roster already being solidified, it's tough to envision Jennings being able to take a roster spot away from the team's four rookie draft picks.
Final Roster Odds: 10%
10. RANNELL HALL - BIGGER YOUNG RECEIVER FROM PREVIOUS REGIME
In 2015, Rannell Hall was an undrafted free agent who was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during training camp. He spent most of the season on their practice squad, but Cleveland signed him in mid-December.
Hall attended Central Florida in college, where he appeared in 49 games and caught 145 passes for 2,051 yards with nine touchdowns. Last preseason, he caught 8 passes for 104 yards. One of those games was against the Browns, where he had 2 catches for 16 yards. We haven't seen much of him, but a scouting report coming out of college says, "He isn't going to get teams excited with his size, play speed or hands, but he's willing to do whatever is asked of him." The last part is supposed to be a testament to his football smarts and high character. Even if a guy like Hall has a good camp, he's fighting a big uphill battle due to the team's draft investments. He will more likely contend for a spot on the practice squad.
Final Roster Odds: <2.5%
11. DENNIS PARKS - UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT ROOKIE RECEIVER
Dennis Parks is an undrafted free agent out of Rice. He originally signed with the Green Bay Packers after the draft, but didn't last long and was added to an already-crowded and youthful wide receiver room shortly thereafter.
His strengths are his route running, blocking, and physicality when the ball is in his hands. His weaknesses are adjusting to the ball in the air, a lack of a good vertical leap, and getting separation. He's fighting for a spot on the practice squad.
Final Roster Odds: <2.5%
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