UPDATE: The Browns signed Leslie to the practice squad, not the 53-man roster.
One of the wide receivers who many fans threw their support behind during this year’s training camp was Jordan Leslie, a third-year player out of BYU who has been fighting for years to make an NFL roster. He was crushed when he wasn’t one of the 53 players to make the Browns’ final roster, especially after having had a good camp with plays like this touchdown and this one-hand stab:
After just two weeks in to the regular season, though, the Browns are looking for some more stability at the receiver position. Rashard Higgins was signed off the practice squad the day before Week 2’s loss to the Ravens and logged 7 catches for 95 yards. Now, he could be a first-stringer because Corey Coleman is having surgery on his broken hand and will miss extended time.
On Monday, Leslie posted on Snapchat that he was driving back to Cleveland. Then, Tuesday morning, he tweeted a picture of himself in a Browns uniform, along with the caption, “I'm backkkkkkkk.”
If the Browns sign Leslie to the active roster, the corresponding roster move would likely be placing Coleman on injured reserve. He could then return eight weeks from now as one of the team’s two designated to return from IR players.
The question is, “How quick will Leslie crack the rotation?” Kenny Britt has struggled and Sammie Coates is limited as a route runner, and both are reportedly dealing with nagging injuries. Although Leslie hasn’t been with the team for over two weeks, he was hear all offseason and likely knows a lot more of the offense than Coates, Reggie Davis, and Kasen Williams.