The Cleveland Browns have signed offensive lineman Mason Gentry and wide receiver Daniel Williams to their practice squad.
These moves come in the wake of two practice squad slots opening up this week. Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis was promoted to their active roster last Saturday, and today, defensive lineman Daniel Ekuale received a four-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Gentry, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound rookie lineman out of Southern Methodist, signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent before being released during final roster cuts.
Williams, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound pass catcher, signed with the New York Jets following the 2017 NFL draft. He spent some time on their practice squad last year before landing with the Washington Redskins before this season. Like Gentry, he did not stick with his team’s active or practice squad roster.
While anything’s possible, and Gentry and Williams could end up being contributors at some point, the moves look a lot like the typical bottom-level roster churn you’ll see at this point as the NFL season begins to wind down. Players go down, some get suspended, but the roster spots need filled, and that’s what John Dorsey will continue to do to field a full roster for the next couple of weeks.
Who knows, maybe Gentry or Williams will end up impressing and developing for the savvy general manager. But with a new coach likely coming in, there’s probably more roster turnover on the horizon for the 2019 Browns, and these are the types of players are the first to get shown the door.