As they did in previous years, the Cleveland Browns are expected to be very active before the season starts. Adding talent from waivers has happened but there’s always a possibility they will need to sign players from other practice squads. There are some players the Cleveland Browns may still add.
Players the Cleveland Browns May Still Add
Derrick Willies and Seth DeValve were expected to make the final roster, but they were cut. The Browns loaded up at some position groups, while leaving some alarmingly thin. Last season, the franchise was busy on the waiver wire after cut day. So who are some players who’ve been newly released that could find themselves in Cleveland?
Dwayne Allen – Tight End
With the tight end group being one of Cleveland’s weakest groups, it’s quite possible they’ll be looking at bringing in another. Dwayne Allen is not subject to waivers and can sign with any team. When he was with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016, he caught 35 passes for 406 yards and six touchdowns. His time with the New England Patriots in 2018 wasn’t as productive but he is an effective physical blocker. David Njoku has struggled as a blocker, and so has Demetrius Harris of late, so Allen would be a big help in this area.
Josh Adams – Running Back
The Philadelphia Eagles simply had no use for Adams in their loaded running back group. Adams was the leading rusher for the Eagles last season in his rookie year. He rushed for 511 yards and three touchdowns on 120 carries. But this preseason, his passing game has picked up. The Browns may want some reinforcements and he should be able to make plays running the ball. He would support Nick Chubb and use his abilities to game some adequate yardage.
Eli Rogers – Wide Receiver
Cleveland fans were left befuddled when they cut two receivers, Willies and Braxton Miller. With Antonio Callaway suspended, that leaves only five active receivers, which isn’t ideal. If the Browns want a receiver who could also have a role on special teams, Rogers would be a good fit. Before missing most of the 2018 season with a torn ACL, he had caught 78 receptions for 822 yards and four touchdowns. He has a career catch percentage of 67.2 percent. He was a reliable player in the slot for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016. JuJu Smith-Schuster outshone him. Rogers could be the young veteran at the bottom of the Browns receiver depth chart and could also have a role on special teams.
Su’a Cravens -Safety
Cravens wanted to be a safety/linebacker hybrid but the Denver Broncos needed him to be a pure defensive back. Unable to oblige, he was released. The Browns will likely play in a 4-2-5 defense. Cravens would be suitable as an extra defensive back near the line of scrimmage. Plagued by injuries, Cravens has only played 16 games in his career. But the Browns have been on the lookout for a defensive back who can make plays against the run while being reliable in coverage. If the Browns see him as a player who can play defense and make an impact on special teams, Cravens can potentially fit right in.