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Browns 2020 practice squad, waiver wire tracker

Who will the Browns add to bolster the roster? What will the practice squad look like? We’ll have all the info here throughout the day.

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Listed below, we have our practice squad tracker, and our live blog.


Browns Practice Squad 2020 (16 spots to fill)

  1. QB Garrett Gilbert
  2. RB Dontrell Hilliard
  3. RB Benny LeMay
  4. FB Johnny Stanton
  5. WR Taywan Taylor
  6. WR Ja’Marcus Bradley
  7. OL Brady Aiello
  8. OG Michael Dunn
  9. LB Montrel Meander
  10. CB A.J. Green
  11. CB Robert Jackson
  12. S Javonte Moffatt
  13. S Elijah Benton
  14. K Cody Parkey

Browns’ Practice Squad & Waiver Wire Tracker


3:11 PM: You have to love this:


2:48 PM: The two players waived to make room for the earlier additions are: DT Eli Ankou and TE Pharoah Brown. Interestingly enough, no one has been placed on injured reserve. That could be good news for the likes of C JC Tretter, LB Mack Wilson, and CB Kevin Johnson with respect to their return to action.

It would seem likely that Cleveland will try to add Ankou and Brown to their practice squad once they clear waivers, to complete the 16-man squad.


2:44 PM: The Browns just named their 14-man practice squad. The additions since our last update were: RB Dontrell Hilliard, RB Benny LeMay, WR Ja’Marcus Bradley, OG Michael Dunn, LB Montrel Meander, S Elijah Benton, and K Cody Parkey. Parkey is the only player not from training camp who is on the practice squad. Of course, Browns fans should remember Parkey, as he was the team’s starting kicker in 2016.


2:30 PM: It’s always good to keep note of how much these players make on a practice squad. Although it’s a significant downgrade from the weekly salary for a 53-man roster, it at least keeps a player on a roster with the hopes of being called up.


2:25 PM: From earlier: DL Daniel Ekuale will not be joining the Browns’ practice squad. He is going to the Jaguars’ practice squad instead.


1:45 PM: It appears that fullback Johnny Stanton will be joining the Browns practice squad:


1:44 PM: Not related to the practice squad, but new Browns safety Ronnie Harrison seems very happy to be out of Jacksonville:


1:32 PM: Another former Browns player has signed as offensive lineman Willie Wright has been signed to the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons:


1:30 PM: The New York Giants claimed former Browns wide receiver Damion Ratley:


1:24 PM: To make room for defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, the Browns are reportedly waiving defensive tackle Eli Ankou. The club may look to sign Ankou to the practice squad if he is not claimed by another team:


1:21 PM: No one claimed defensive end Chad Thomas, and the will Browns will not be signing him to the practice squad:

Thomas was a third-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft who did not do much during his two years in Cleveland.


1:19 PM: The Browns have reportedly signed offensive lineman Brady Aiello to the practice squad:

Aiello signed with the Browns on Friday, which did not give him much time to make an impression before Saturday’s roster cutdown.


1:16 PM: The Browns have reportedly signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert and cornerback A.J. Green to the practice squad:

Gilbert spent time with the Browns last season. Green is an undrafted free agent who, given a standard training camp and preseason schedule, may have been able to earn a roster spot, so it is good to see that he has an opportunity to stick around and continue to develop.


1:08 PM: The Miami Dolphins are signing former Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway to their practice squad in one of the always popular “low-risk, high-reward” type of moves:

Callaway was a fourth-round selection by the Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft and is facing a 10-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.


1:02 PM: The Browns claimed two defensive linemen on Sunday: DE Joe Jackson and DT Vincent Taylor. You can read our full post on them here.

Jackson was a 5th round pick from the Cowboys last year. He saw limited playing time as a rookie, but was pushed out of Dallas due to the amount of depth they have. Taylor was a 6th round pick by the Dolphins in 2017. He posted some good PFF numbers during his limited action with Miami:


12:02 PM: The Cleveland Browns made 24 roster cuts on Saturday to get down to the league-mandated maximum of 53 players.

Of course, there is no such thing as a final roster when it comes to the NFL as teams are continually churning over the bottom half of the roster. That exercise continues today as teams across the league begin to add players off of waivers and sign recently released players to their practice squads.

The deadline to claim a player off of waivers is at 12 noon EST, and teams may begin signing players to the practice squad at 1 p.m. EST.

The order to claim players off of waivers is the same as the most-recent draft order, meaning that the Browns are at No. 10 on the priority list.

As for the practice squad, the league and the NFLPA agreed to increase the number of players to 16, which can include up to six veteran players.

Players who are eligible to be added to a team’s practice squad, according to The Sporting News, are:

Players who do not have an accrued season of NFL experience (rookies)

Players who were on the active list for fewer than nine regular-season games during their only accrued season(s)

Up to four players per team who have earned no more than two accrued seasons (no game limitations)

Up to two (six in 2020) players per team with no limitations as to their number of earned accrued seasons

Teams are also permitted to protect up to four practice squad players each week, and are allowed to promote one or two practice squad players to the game day roster each week. If a player is promoted, they return to the practice squad after the game.

We will be tracking the updates and reports of who the Browns are adding to the practice squad and claiming on waivers throughout the day in this post. Be sure to add your thoughts in the comments section as we go through the day.