With some rosters, it’s tough to cut to 53. With the Cleveland Browns, it’s tough to get to 53. There is such a lack of depth at some positions that finding the final few spots on the team is a bigger challenge than deciding who should go. Here’s a look at what could be the final 53, with the final cuts due by 4 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The Browns gave Brock Osweiler the start in the first two preseason games, then he didn't see the field in the final two. Hogan did and played very well, earning the third spot as the Browns go with the unusual move of three young quarterbacks. Kessler will be Kizer's backup.
Dayes is a rookie who had a strong preseason, but when the season rolls around, Crowell and Johnson will be the main backs.
FULLBACK (1): Danny Vitale
He’s the only fullback on the roster, so …
The prime area of concern on the team is right here. Britt has been invisible this preseason, and none of the young receivers have stepped forward. In a passing era, the Browns lack playmakers at a vital position.
Telfer is starting because he can block, but he does not present much of a receiving threat. Njoku and DeValve do, but both are inexperienced and raw. Njoku looked promising in the spring, but the game has been different for him at full speed with pads.
The value of Greco is apparent. Because he has replaced the injured Bitonio (knee), the Browns have to keep another center, so Reiter makes it.
Coley has been the most pleasant surprise of the preseason. Nassib played his way onto the team by playing well in the preseason. Caleb Brantley earns a spot over Nate Orchard based on the final preseason game.
Some serious depth concerns at this position. Here and at receiver are the spots where the Browns could look to add someone off the waiver wire.
Hillary and Burley are guesses for spots 52 and 53. After the first three, it's a tossup. The Browns will probably be looking at waiver wire pickings here after final cuts. Draft pick Howard Wilson will start on the PUP list.
Nacua makes the team based on his special-teams ability.
There are no worries here. Parkey wins a close competition with Zane Gonzalez to be the team's kicker.