Cleveland Browns Trim their Roster
Though it’s not finalized, the Browns have pared down their active participants to the maximum required by the league. While there were some controversial cuts (Joe Haden, John Greco, Jordan Leslie, and Rannell Hall come to mind) – overall I am content with their roster moves. Let’s take a deeper look into some guys who are on the roster – at least for now.
Trevon Coley – Defensive Tackle
A month ago, many fans knew very little (if anything at all) about the defensive lineman who was fighting for a spot on the orange and brown. Throughout training camp and four preseason games, Coley has looked solid and been a part of a couple of forced turnovers against the opposing offenses. The team released veterans Desmond Bryant and Xavier Cooper over the past few weeks, providing an opportunity for Coley to prove he belongs. I hope to see him continue to make plays in the regular season, but it will not come easy.
Out goes Brock Osweiler, while Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan are the reserve signal callers. It’s a bit alarming that the Browns currently have three quarterbacks on the roster who have not won an NFL regular season contest – but that will change soon. I am not sure whether it was the perceived attitude, or he did not live up to the “stabilizing” status of a veteran signal caller – but the team chose to let Osweiler go. I could see his touch on passes being less than great, but would have been ok with him over Kessler. I really hope all of these backups don’t see the field in 2017, as Kizer has a successful rookie campaign.
Sammie Coates – Wide Receiver
In a bit of a surprising move, the Browns traded within their division and acquired a speedy wide out from the same alma mater as Ricardo Louis. Coates brings something that none of his counterparts possess, the ability to stretch the field. However, he must work on hauling on the passes once thrown his way. At this level, it will be rather difficult to correct a quality like that. I would like to believe he can turn it around here; but my guess is that the Browns will look for another burner (with solid catching ability) in the 2018 draft.
Conclusion: For all intents and purposes, the hay is in the barn and the team is ready to go for the 2017 season. I am buying into the new culture change, but now the wins must follow. Stay tuned, Browns fans.