The Cleveland Browns must cut their roster to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 30) and to 53 by 4 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 3). Here’s a 53-man roster projection:
The top two on the depth chart have had a history with injury, so don't be surprised if Austin Davis returns at some point.
Mostert gets the nod as the third back because he's listed as the top kickoff returner. Crowell and Johnson are vital parts of Hue Jackson's offense.
FULLBACK (1): Malcolm Johnson
Not sure if he'll average even 20 plays per game given the multiple formations Jackson uses.
Barnidge might not repeat his success from 2015, but he'll be every bit as good a player. Hamlett could be an effective and tall weapon in the scoring zone.
Whether they admit it publicly or not, there are serious concerns about Erving at center and about the right tackle spot. Nobody has emerged as solid replacements for lost players, and both Erving and Pasztor have had lowlight screen moments.
This unit lacked depth and impact when training camp started, and although it has a couple of rookies who can contribute, the line still lacks depth and impact.
See the comment on the defensive line about lack of depth and impact. This could be a very, very long season for the defense.
Taylor had a chance to win a job, but the way he played leaves the door open for Williams to start and Taylor to be the nickel. It's just not possible to see Justin Gilbert on the roster. The Browns forced him on the field over and over, and he was, at best, inconsistent.
Murray beats out Travis Coons in what seems like a pretty easy decision. It will take Lee a while to live down his non-effort on Tampa Bay's punt return touchdown Friday night.