The Cleveland Browns made another series of roster moves on Saturday after the day’s practice, announcing the signings of wide receiver Rasheed Bailey and tight end/H-back Nate Iese. To make room, the team waived receiver James Wright and defensive end Jamal Marcus, both with injury designations.
Bailey was originally an undrafted signing of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 but despite a strong preseason performance was released. Though he had workouts with other NFL teams, the Browns included, Bailey moved his football career to Canada, spending time with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. He returned to the NFL a season ago, spending time in 2016 on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad.
Iese, meanwhile, is in his first NFL season. The undrafted rookie played college football for UCLA, with his first two years spent as a linebacker before being moved to tight end. He caught 49 passes for 569 yards and seven scores but was considered a fullback on the NFL level when he declared for the 2017 draft. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller ranked Iese the No. 8 fullback in the draft class but also projects him to be more of a pass-catching H-back rather than a traditional, run-blocking fullback.
Wright suffered a bruised lung in Thursday’s practice, while Marcus injured his foot, thus leading to their releases on Saturday.