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Cleveland Browns 53-Man Roster Projection (Final Version)

Our final look at which players we believe will make the Browns’ initial 53-man roster.

NFL: AUG 30 Browns Training Camp Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

UPDATE: The Browns have named their initial 53-man roster, click here to see it.


It is time for my final 53-man roster projection for the Cleveland Browns. General Manager Andrew Berry will have to trim the roster from 76 players to 53 players by 4:00 PM ET on Saturday, September 5. This edition is based on the weeks of training camp reports and my general instincts — we do not have preseason games to go off of this year.

Browns 53-Man Roster Projection

Pos Final Roster Practice Squad (Cut) Players Cut / IR / Opt-Out
QB
(2)
Baker Mayfield
Case Keenum
Garrett Gilbert Kevin Davidson
RB
(3)
Nick Chubb
Kareem Hunt
D'Ernest Johnson
Dontrell Hilliard Benny LeMay
FB
(1)
Andy Janovich Johnny Stanton
WR
(6)
Odell Beckham Jr.
Jarvis Landry
Rashard Higgins
Donovan Peoples-Jones
JoJo Natson
KhaDarel Hodge
Damion Ratley
Ja'Marcus Bradley
D.J. Montgomery
Taywan Taylor
J'Mon Moore
TE
(4)
Austin Hooper
David Njoku
Harrison Bryant
Stephen Carlson
Pharaoh Brown
OL
(9)
Jedrick Wills Jr.
Joel Bitonio
JC Tretter
Wyatt Teller
Jack Conklin
Chris Hubbard
Nick Harris
Kendall Lamm
Michael Dunn
Evan Brown
Alex Taylor
Brady Aiello
Willie Wright
Jovahn Fair
Jon Toth
Drew Forbes (Opt-Out)
Colby Gossett (Opt-Out)
Malcolm Pridgeon (Opt-Out)
Drake Dorbeck (Opt-Out)
DL
(8)
Myles Garrett
Larry Ogunjobi
Sheldon Richardson
Olivier Vernon
Adrian Clayborn
Jordan Elliott
Porter Gustin
Eli Ankou
Chad Thomas
Daniel Ekuale
Robert McCray
Ricky Walker
George Obiynna (IR)
Curtis Weaver (IR)
Trevon Young (IR)
Andrew Billings (Opt-Out)
LB
(6)
Mack Wilson
B.J. Goodson
Sione Takitaki
Jacob Phillips
Malcolm Smith
Tae Davis
Willie Harvey
Solomon Ajayi
Montrel Meander
S
(4)
Karl Joseph
Sheldrick Redwine
Andrew Sendejo
Ronnie Harrison
Jovante Moffatt
Elijah Benton
Grant Delpit (IR)
J.T. Hassell
CB
(7)
Denzel Ward
Greedy Williams
Kevin Johnson
Terrance Mitchell
M.J. Stewart Jr.
Tavierre Thomas
Donovan Olumba
A.J. Green Robert Jackson
Donnie Lewis Jr.
ST
(3)
Austin Seibert
Jamie Gillan
Charley Hughlett

The list above contains 53 players that I kept. Because practice squads are so big this year (16 players), I have created a specific column for those players too. You can read here and here for more information on the expanded practice squads.

General Roster Projection Notes

Since the first edition of my list, I removed the following 5 players from my 53-man roster projection:

  • WR Damion Ratley
  • DE Chad Thomas
  • CB A.J. Green
  • S Grant Delpit
  • S J.T. Hassell

Since the first edition of my list, I added the following 5 players to my 53-man roster projection:

  • WR JoJo Natson
  • LB Malcolm Smith
  • CB Donovan Olumba
  • CB M.J. Stewart Jr.
  • S Ronnie Harrison

I will explain each of my updated roster decisions in the positional bullet points below.

  • At wide receiver, I think Natson will make the roster as the Browns’ primary return may now. Mike Priefer is as good as they come for a special teams coordinator, and the way he talks about Natson makes it sound like he is so excited to have a player like him back there. I think his pleas to keep Natson will pay off on a roster spot. Cutting Damion Ratley is a tough one, but it’s either him or Rashard Higgins, and I can’t let my guy go.
  • I thought really hard about putting Mack Wilson on injured reserve to begin the season, but then I remembered that he’d have to make the regular season roster first to begin with. That means I had to cut one extra player, which was Chad Thomas. The Browns could still stash him on the practice squad for depth purposes. Malcolm Smith joins the roster for depth while Wilson is still recovering from his knee injury.
  • The position with the biggest change is the secondary, with three additions and three subtractions. Grant Delpit going on IR led to the team just trading for Ronnie Harrison, so he will definitely make the roster now. Donovan Olumba has seen good reps in camp, which means that offseason favorite A.J. Green tries to slip to the practice squad instead. I also have M.J. Stewart Jr. making the roster as the nickelback for the first couple of weeks while Kevin Johnson rehabs from his lacerated liver.
  • Note: I reserve the right to tweak my 53-man projection by midnight on Friday. Final roster cuts are due Saturday by 4 PM ET.

Reminder on Rosters for 2020

  • This season, teams can have 55-man rosters on gameday, by elevating two members of the practice squad temporarily for emergencies.
  • Practice squad players can also come up to replace a player on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Gameday active rosters have increased from 46 to 48 players, although one of those extra players must be an offensive lineman.

What Do You Think?

Feel free to share your roster projections here, or some changes you would make to mine.