Roster prediction: Place-kicker situation remains uncertain

Concluding a very preliminary look at how the Cleveland Browns' roster might shake out come September, with a comparison to last season's numbers after the final cutdown out of preseason.


Andy Lee will punt. That is a given. It would appear that Charley Hughlett will be the long snapper.

The placekicker is a large question mark, with two inexperienced first-year players on the roster.

When asked about the fact that the Browns have been working with two young and unproven kickers in Carey Spear and Travis Coons, special-teams coach Chris Tabor said this: “I think it’s just like any player in the NFL at that position. You’re always going up against other kickers from other teams, also. That’s the nature of the business, but those guys are doing a good job. Their controlling what they can control, and the tape will tell us what to do.”

Which says the Browns will continue to monitor what veterans are available as training camp progresses.

Regardless of the kicker decision, the Browns more than likely will have new players at the three specialist spots.

“I guess it creates some unknowns,” Tabor said. “As a coach, you’re always working on trying to fix those unknowns. That’s what we’re doing. … We feel like we’ve got some guys that have NFL talent.”

They’ll keep: One place-kicker to be determined, Lee and Hughlett (3).

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