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Browns sign RB Jahwan Edwards

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On Saturday, the Cleveland Browns announced the signing of free agent running back Jahwan Edwards. Edwards (5-9, 220 lbs) began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent in 2015 with the San Diego Chargers. He was on three teams' practice squads last year, including the Falcons', Jaguars', and Dolphins'. He was with Miami this offseason before being waived on May 2nd.

Edwards attended Ball State and was the school’s all-time leader in career rushing yards (4,558) and touchdowns (51). A scouting report by Lance Zierlein of last year expressed the following:

Edwards has the size to be an NFL back and he was a consistent producer within his conference, but his marginal play speed and tendency to drift toward the line of scrimmage could cause him to get captured more quickly than desired for a starting running back. He has the traits to be a backup, but must show special-teams ability and improved pass protection.

The Browns had waived offensive lineman Erle Ladson before last week’s game against the Falcons, which is how they had a roster spot open for Edwards. It’s hard to see Edwards getting many reps this preseason. The third preseason game is when the third-stringers typically don’t even sniff the field, and it’s been hard enough for Raheem Mostert to get some carries. Running back Rajion Neal has only seen three snaps this preseason.