The Cleveland Browns elevated receiver Jordan Leslie to their active roster just days after signing him to their practice squad.
Leslie spent the offseason and preseason with the team before being released during final cuts in early September. He led the team in preseason receiving, finishing with two touchdowns and nine receptions for 93 yards.
Last week, the Browns elevated sophomore receiver Rashard Higgins from their practice squad on Friday, two days before he led the team in receiving against the Baltimore Ravens.
To make room on their roster, the team released rookie receiver Reggie Davis. Davis was inactive during the first two games of the 2017 season.
Will Leslie make an immediate impact as Higgins did after being promoted last week? It’s not a certainty he’ll even be active, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he does make a splash. The Browns receivers have, to this point, been largely unimpressive. They have a clear need for a performer to emerge at the position, and that need grew greater after they placed Corey Coleman on injured reserve earlier this week.
And with Kenny Britt impressing no one, especially Browns fans, after finishing the first two weeks with uninspiring effort and worse results, it’s fair to question if Leslie will be a significant contributor this week against Indianapolis.
Leslie has shown he has the entry-level knowledge necessary to succeed in Hue Jackson’s offense, and he could get the opportunity to prove it this week — if he’s active, which he probably should be considering the circumstances.