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Browns sign Jamal Davis to practice squad

Defensive end played collegiately at the University of Akron; brings additional depth to the position.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 27 Central Michigan at Akron Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns signed defensive end Jamal Davis to the practice squad on Wednesday.

Davis will be familiar to fans of the Mid-American Conference after playing his college ball at the University of Akron.

The 6-foot-3 and 245-pound Davis was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans in 2019. He did not make the Houston roster, and spent time last season on the practice squads of the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

Davis eventually signed with the Miami Dolphins, where he appeared in three games and played 12 snaps on defense and four snaps on special teams without recording a stat.

Davis returned to the Titans for training camp this year and was signed to the team’s practice squad for Week 1 of the season before being released.

In college, Davis started at Pittsburgh before transferring to Akron. As a redshirt junior in 2017, he was a third-team All-MAC selection after playing in 14 games with 12 starts at defensive end. He finished that season with 69 tackles, a team-high 15.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble

As a redshirt senior in 2018, he started all 12 games at defensive end for the Zips, finishing the season third on the team in tackles with 82, including a team-high 16 tackles for loss. He also had four sacks and a forced fumble. He was a second-team All-MAC selection.

With the way that COVID-19 has hit Cleveland’s defensive ends this season, with Myles Garrett, Porter Gustin and Joe Jackson all missing games, Davis may find that his time on the practice squad could be a short one.