Lack of playmakers remain glaring on Browns' first 53-man roster

Here's a position-by-position look at the Cleveland Browns 53-man roster:


Josh McCown: Browns hope he can come through this season in a way he has never come through before.

Johnny Manziel: A backup -- with no No. 3 on the depth chart -- coming off an elbow injury in preseason.


Isaiah Crowell: The job is there for him to take with the trading of Terrance West. He's the best the Browns have.

Duke Johnson: Team retains high hopes for him despite injury-filled preseason.


Malcolm Johnson: One of eight draft picks to make the team.


Gary Barnidge: Team promotes from within to replace Jordan Cameron and has an underrated, dependable starter.

Jim Dray: The best blocking tight end on the roster.

Rob Housler: Coach Mike Pettine said Housler overcame a slow start with late preseason production.

E.J. Bibbs: Only undrafted free agent to make the roster. Still needs to improve his blocking.


Travis Benjamin: One of the team's three best players in camp. Looks like his knee and confidence are back.

Dwayne Bowe: Preseason disappointment needs to live up to his talk in the regular season.

Taylor Gabriel: Never a doubt that he'd make the team. Will be used in various personnel groupings.

Brian Hartline: Emerged as true pro in camp. Very few negatives here.

Andrew Hawkins: Solid third receiver should move into slot role that fits him best.

Marlon Moore: Special teams ability puts him on roster; that matters this season with the team depending so much on Andy Lee's punting.

Terrelle Pryor: Huge potential, but has a player who has never played receiver made the roster after not even having a pass thrown to him in preseason?


Joel Bitonio: Many Pro Bowl visits ahead in his career.

Cam Erving: Right now the only backup offensive lineman on the roster.

John Greco: Was never really a doubt he'd be opening-day starter at right guard, even with Erving opening camp at his spot.

Alex Mack: Attempting to return to Pro Bowl status after missing 11 games last season to broken ankle.

Austin Pasztor: Claimed on waiver from Jacksonville, where he had 20 starts.

Mitchell Schwartz: Entering free agent season.

Joe Thomas: No reason not to expect ninth Pro Bowl in his ninth season.


Armonty Bryant: Coming back from ACL tear; did well in preseason games.

Desmond Bryant: Overall, the team's best defensive lineman.

Xavier Cooper: Browns liked his first-step quickness and explosion when they drafted him, and he showed that in a strong preseason.

John Hughes: Pretty much assured a spot in the offseason when team gave him a contract extension.

Jamie Meder: Stood out in preseason to earn roster spot, but has yet to take field against a starting offensive line.

Danny Shelton: First-round pick will be a starter at nose tackle.

Randy Starks: Free-agent upgrade to defensive line group, figures to start at end opposite Desmond Bryant.

BIlly Winn: Earned spot on roster with his production after he returned from an ankle sprain. Fits mold of athletic linemen who can move.


Tank Carder: Another strong special teams player.

Karlos Dansby: ProFootballFocus calls him the best coverage linebacker in the league.

Chris Kirksey: Expected to improve in his second season. Began camp as starter; will be interesting to see if he starts opener.

Paul Kruger: Along with Dansby, perhaps the most dependable player on the defense.

Barkevious Mingo: Drafted to rush passer, now used to drop in coverage. Also coming off knee scope in preseason.

Nate Orchard: Rookie showed in preseason that the learning curve can be steep.

Craig Robertson: Coaches love him. Vastly improved from two seasons ago, also a leader.

Scott Solomon: Will start outside. Showed good things in third preseason game, but still needs to prove himself as starter.


Pierre Desir: Impressive early in camp, but progress stopped by hamstring injury.

Charles Gaines: Aggressive corner who improved every week the way Campbell did. The two of them could become significant special teams players this season.

Justin Gilbert: The Browns decided to cut Vince Mayle, which deserves credit. With Gilbert, you really wonder if he'd be around if he weren't the eighth overall pick.

Joe Haden: Primed for his best overall season.

K'Waun Williams: It'll be interesting to see if he, Desir, Gaines or Gilbert opens season as nickel back.

Tramon Williams: Solid veteran addition in the offseason.


Johnson Bademosi: The Browns believe his special teams play should be rewarded with a trip to the Pro Bowl after the season.

Ibraheim Campell: Played smart, played well and improved every game during the preseason. Could be a strong draft pick.

Tashaun Gipson: Lost in the preseason was how little he took part. He doesn't need an injury-plagued season in his contract year.

Jordan Poyer: Coaching staff loves his work ethic and dedication. At some point it all has to come together on the field.

Donte Whitner: Veteran presence in the middle of the secondary.


PK Travis Coons: Browns are showing great confidence in an inexperienced first-year player.

LS Charley Hughlett: Team needs to be able to depend on this position, and Browns can.

P Andy Lee: Unusual to trade for a punter, but when you see the rockets that Lee sends downfield you can see why.