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https://www.clevelandbrowns.com/news/browns-announce-initial-53-man-roster-heading-into-2021-season

The Browns on Tuesday made the following roster moves to trim their roster from 80 to the required 53 before the NFL's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Placed on reserve/injured:

G Drew Forbes (knee)

T Greg Senat (knee)

Waived:

S Elijah Benton

WR Ja'Marcus Bradley

TE Jordan Franks

G Colby Gossett

DE Porter Gustin

LB Willie Harvey

WR KhaDarel Hodge

DE Joe Jackson

RB John Kelly

QB Kyle Lauletta

DE Cameron Malveaux

TE Kyle Markway

S Jovante Moffatt

C Javon Patterson

S Sheldrick Redwine

CB Emmanuel Rugamba

LB Tegray Scales

FB Johnny Stanton IV

T Alex Taylor (from injured reserve)

DE Curtis Weaver

DT Marvin Wilson

Terminated Contract:

CB Brian Allen

DT Sheldon Day

LB Elijah Lee

WR JoJo Natson

Placed on reserve/suspended by commissioner:

WR Davion Davis

"Roster decisions are always a combination between the front office and the coaching staff making sure it's not just the most talented 53, but the right 53 to serve the different roles we need on offense, defense and the kicking game throughout the season," said Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry. "That communication is continuous throughout the month of August. There was a lot of good discussion and dialogue between the different groups. I think we were able to come to a really good consensus with the initial 53 guys we will have on the roster."

The Browns' initial 53-man roster and the themes that define it tell the story of Berry's first two offseasons in his position.

Of the 25 players on offense, 22 were on the team last year, giving the Browns the kind of stability they expected after attacking that side of the ball before the 2020 season. That group includes fourth-year starting QB Baker Mayfield, the dynamic backfield tandem of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, the Pro Bowl wide receiver tandem of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. and the entire starting offensive line, a group that was considered by many to be one of the best in the NFL last season. The three new players on offense were all selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.

"It's helpful to have the stability, especially for a unit that produced at a high level for us last year," Berry said. "I think that continuity in Year 2 of the same system is only going to allow that group to take another step this season. We're excited about bringing that many players back."

The Browns made a significant number of moves on their defense during the offseason through free agency and the draft. As a result, the Browns have 12 new players — including DT Andrew Billings, who opted out of the 2020 season — among the 25 who made the initial 53-man roster.

The Browns are poised to have as many as seven new defensive starters on the field for the season opener in Kansas City.

"The best part about the defensive side of the ball is they've just taken the mindset of working hard and getting better every day," Berry said. "They've been incredibly responsive to the defensive staff. We still have a long way to go as a team until we're ready for the regular season but the progress has been steady throughout the month of August.

All eight members of the Browns' 2021 draft class made the initial 53-man roster and many of them figure to play significant roles throughout the season. Additionally, all seven members of the 2020 draft class are a part of this year's initial 53.

"The rookies are players we identified throughout the draft process last year that not only were talented but fit our smart, tough, accountable culture," Berry said. "While they did show growth over the past weeks, all of them know they still have room to grow and areas to work on so they can be viable contributors throughout the season. We're excited about the growth and development all of them have made. We're by no means finished with that group, or even the veterans on the roster, but we're excited about the guys we have today."

The Browns can make additional roster moves in the coming days via waiver claims and free agent signings. They'll also look to construct a 16-man practice squad, a group of players that play a vital role throughout the season and serve as an additional layer of depth in the event of injuries on the active roster.

"It's the initial 53, it's not necessarily the final 53," Berry said. "There are certain injury situations, certain position groups where you are still juggling the dynamics over the course of the next several days. It is fluid and it's not just fluid within this first week. Roster building really is a 365-day-a-year process and it will remain fluid as we head into the regular season as well."

Breaking down the Browns' initial 53-man roster by position:
Quarterbacks (2): Baker Mayfield, Case Keenum

Running backs (4): Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, D'Ernest Johnson, Demetric Felton

Fullbacks (1): Andy Janovich

Tight ends (3): Austin Hooper, David Njoku, Harrison Bryant

Wide receivers (5): Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins, Anthony Schwartz

Offensive linemen (10): Jedrick Wills Jr., Joel Bitonio, JC Tretter, Wyatt Teller, Jack Conklin, James Hudson III, Michael Dunn, Nick Harris, Blake Hance, Chris Hubbard

Defensive linemen (8): Myles Garrett, Malik Jackson, Andrew Billings, Jadeveon Clowney, Takkarist McKinley, Jordan Elliott, Malik McDowell, Tommy Togiai

Linebackers (7): Mack Wilson, Anthony Walker, Sione Takitaki, Malcolm Smith, Jacob Phillips, Tony Fields II, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

Defensive backs (10): Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams, Ronnie Harrison Jr., John Johnson III, Troy Hill, Greg Newsome, M.J. Stewart, Grant Delpit, A.J. Green, Richard LeCounte III

Specialists (3): Jamie Gillan, Chase McLaughlin, Charley Hughlett


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I would think that Phillips and Dunn will hit IR after 4pm, and probably Day will be brought back. (and maybe we add a WR or TE)


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Only 3 De's on the roster. McDowell may be able to play end as well. I would think we will be looking at DE.

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Originally Posted By: Pdawg
Only 3 De's on the roster. McDowell may be able to play end as well. I would think we will be looking at DE.


I would guess that we add an edge through waivers.

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7 LBs wont be the final number I wouldn’t think


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Only 3 De's on the roster. McDowell may be able to play end as well. I would think we will be looking at DE.


I would guess that we add an edge through waivers.



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Originally Posted By: Pdawg
Only 3 De's on the roster. McDowell may be able to play end as well. I would think we will be looking at DE.


I wonder if someone will be back as soon as Phillips hits IR. Or maybe someone from another team's cuts - though I've got no clue who was cut

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Originally Posted By: Dawgs4Life
7 LBs wont be the final number I wouldn’t think


Agreed.


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I was pretty close with my guess in the other roster thread...only misses were Hodge and Gustin left off for 2 LBs, and Billings over Day (which I still disagree with).

Phillips goes to the IR...probably gets replaced with another DE.

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Originally Posted By: Dawgs4Life
7 LBs wont be the final number I wouldn’t think


We know Phillips is going on IR. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fields, Dunn, and/or Deloitte go on IR also.

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Originally Posted By: cfrs15
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7 LBs wont be the final number I wouldn’t think


We know Phillips is going on IR. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fields, Dunn, and/or Deloitte go on IR also.


Supposedly Fields is now healthy and ramping up for opening day.


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Looks like all of Berry's draft picks from this year and last have made the team so far.


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The camp surprise has to be McDowell.

He was huge long shot to make the team.

Now he could be special.

Berry has been masterful in late rounds and FA.

DPJ, LeCounte, AJ Green, D.Davis, Felton all these guys have exceded expectations.

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The fact that Tony Fields is on this roster over some of these cuts is a joke...same old "my guys in, your guys out" stuff we used to suffer from every 2 years.


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My biggest "WHAT" was cutting WR KhaDarel Hodge, this guy won't be on the market very long IMO, don't get me wrong I love our Receiving Corp just thought they would keep 6 instead of 5 ...


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The only surprises to me are Billings, who was not very good, and Fields, who we never saw.


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My biggest "WHAT" was cutting WR KhaDarel Hodge, this guy won't be on the market very long IMO, don't get me wrong I love our Receiving Corp just thought they would keep 6 instead of 5 ...


Somewhere I read that Hodge's salary this year was going to be 2.(something million). If he clears waivers (which he probably won't) we could resign him at minimum and save over a million. So he may be more of a cap cut TBH.


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Yep just checked over the cap and his salary was $2,133,000 and if cut the cap savings was $2,133,000 so yes that was the reason most likely, although the Browns are $18,573,445 Over The Cap ...


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Carryover from past years probably going to cover the must spends on contracts.


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There is much we do not know especially with a guy like Fields

A lot goes into drafting a player. In addition money. Hodge was going to make $2m. Fields will not make that.

Plus Fields has been part of the team since OTA's. So he has been there and they know way more about him than we do.

Berry in the end wants the best 53 and players who they feel will develop.

You can bet this is no knee jerk reaction. They pour over the roster 365.

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7 LBs wont be the final number I wouldn’t think


We know Phillips is going on IR. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fields, Dunn, and/or Deloitte go on IR also.


Who is Deloitte?


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Only 3 De's on the roster. McDowell may be able to play end as well. I would think we will be looking at DE.


My understanding is that Malik Jackson could play DE if need be.


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In the end Taki and Wilson made it without being cut obviously we still have a long way to go at LB. I was hoping for much better then either of these players have offered up so far in their careers.


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7 LBs wont be the final number I wouldn’t think


We know Phillips is going on IR. I wouldn’t be surprised if Fields, Dunn, and/or Deloitte go on IR also.


Who is Deloitte?


Deloitte is what my phone autocorrected Delpit to

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Regarding DE, Stefanski said today that McDowell could move outside.

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The fact that Tony Fields is on this roster over some of these cuts is a joke...same old "my guys in, your guys out" stuff we used to suffer from every 2 years.


I don't totally agree, but I do understand your point on Fields.

It is what it is. I hope he turns out to be pretty good.


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Apparently, the Browns are listening to offers on Wilson. He played poorly last year. But it has been stated that he had a good camp.

IMO Taki got better last year and was playing pretty well near the end. He made some big plays.

So, the unit looks good to me.

The base

defense will be 4-2-5.

Walker was brought here to tackle and captain the defense.

Smith, Taki, Wilson are now veteran players.

JOK will be a blitzer and coverage linebacker.

Fields made the team at least for now. If he remains on the roster he will be a ST player and backup.

Woods has many options on how he wants to play down and distance. Linebacker and safety's will be all about matchups.

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I kept thinking that wilson was playing an AWFUL lot in each preseason game … the coaches/FO were either trying really evaluate him or hope he flashed for a trade


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The fact that Tony Fields is on this roster over some of these cuts is a joke...same old "my guys in, your guys out" stuff we used to suffer from every 2 years.


What's a Tony Fields?


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Only 3 De's on the roster. McDowell may be able to play end as well. I would think we will be looking at DE.


I would guess that we add an edge through waivers.


The Steelers;; with the Waiver of, Draft Pick Quince Roche, DE.
Do not let them.



If it were up to me, I'd definetly put in a waiver claim, and try to get Roche on the Browns, and for the cost, pick the 10th offensive linemen, and move on from them. Imo, I think it may be Dunn.

I'd rather have Roche, than Dunn.

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The camp surprise has to be McDowell.


No question.. I didn't honestly think this kid had enough of his act together to make this team... I mean, with the way things change in the first weeks, he still could end up on the PS or even gone,, but to make it this far,, it's a wow moment...


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I'm not surprised because I believe McDowell can be a top 2 pass rusher on this team on any given snap.

And I'm remembering the Pass Rush abilities of Malik Jackson when I say that. And Billings, And Clowney, and Garrett, and McKinley, and anyone else.
He's just, like a truck out there in a demolition derby, he can really impose his will at times.
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If it were up to me, I'd definetly put in a waiver claim, and try to get Roche on the Browns, and for the cost, pick the 10th offensive linemen, and move on from them. Imo, I think it may be Dunn.

I'd rather have Roche, than Dunn.


I'd rather have a veteran DE than a rookie.


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If it were up to me, I'd definetly put in a waiver claim, and try to get Roche on the Browns, and for the cost, pick the 10th offensive linemen, and move on from them. Imo, I think it may be Dunn.

I'd rather have Roche, than Dunn.


I'd rather have a veteran DE than a rookie.


Does Everson Griffen make sense, with his Viking ties? The Vikings just cut him.

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I'd rather have Sheldon Richardson playing well whether at DT or DE. But that's spilled milk.

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Only 3 De's on the roster. McDowell may be able to play end as well. I would think we will be looking at DE.


I would guess that we add an edge through waivers.


The Steelers;; with the Waiver of, Draft Pick Quince Roche, DE.
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If it were up to me, I'd definetly put in a waiver claim, and try to get Roche on the Browns, and for the cost, pick the 10th offensive linemen, and move on from them. Imo, I think it may be Dunn.

I'd rather have Roche, than Dunn.

He's a little light (right now) to play DE... at 6'3" / 240lbs, he would probably be best suited at OLB in a 3-4.


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I'll be curious to see what the roster looks like in 4 or 5 days.
I mean, for the most part, this is what we're rolling with and with a few exceptions, it's what we've all pretty well expected since May.... but, I think we all suspect some final moves coming in the next few days before they button things up to prep for Week 1.


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I am sure that Dunn and Phillips will be headed to IR after the deadline expires and they can put them on the "3 week" (for lack of a better description) IR. I would guess that we will look at available WR, TE, S, and/or DL on the waiver wires.


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I'd rather have Sheldon Richardson playing well whether at DT or DE. But that's spilled milk.


Richardson had grown to be one of my favorite players there were moments in games where he took over. I loved the guy I wished that the Browns had looked at this entire situation differently then they did. What I mean by that is does or did Richardson make the Brown's a better team? I have no way of knowing this but was the Browns cutting him done because Richardson wouldn't budge on his contract? And how much was Cleveland trying to cut his pay?

Water under the bridge at this point. I still think this staff of coaches is the best group we have seen in 70 years they have a plan to develop players and so far they have done an outstanding job at it. I question the wisdom of letting Richardson go and I remind myself that they know how to develop talent.

It was clear as day that our second string played a lot of ball in the pre-season and what stood out was how good they looked as a group and that I believe goes back to how well they were coached.

I think BTW that Kelly and Hodge will be picked up off wavers if they haven't been already it was a shame to see these guys go.


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I am with you on Sheldon.

Many the play where Sheldon was hustling his butt off chasing guys downfield. He was always a high effort guy.

The silver lining is this guy Malik McDowell. His story and him being on this roster now is something.

I just listened to his press conference.

He has gone down a rough road to get to this place. He appears to be in a good place mentally.

This guy has the physical ability to be a real force. He wants to learn. He knows he has work to do. Once he reaches that place where he can play fast and react without having to think about technique and assignment. Watch out.

For an interior defensive lineman he has that rare ability of power, quickness, and speed.

I was watching one play where he took an angle. Beat his guy with quickness and with his lateral pursuit caught the ball carrier. I was like "damn."

From this point on he will get more attention. The Dline staff will have more time to give him. He will get more work against the first string OL. Those players can help him as well.

By season end this guy could be something else.

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