4 Players the Cleveland Browns need to sign back to the practice squad

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Browns cut down day: Quick thoughts on final roster moves

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As of 10 AM on Tuesday, based on reports we can trust, the Browns have nine moves left to make. One of those moves will be placing Davion Davis on the suspended list for two weeks, leaving eight more moves to make.

Here are some quick thoughts on what is left for Cleveland to do:

The team is in discussion for a variety of trades but, with so many moving pieces throughout the NFL at the same time, it can get difficult.

While KhaDarel Hodge has been discussed as a possible trade or waiver candidate, Rashard Higgins could also be in jeopardy.

Some whispers of a trade of one of those guys for Chase Winovich, reportedly on the New England bubble, continue to make its rounds.

Mack Wilson has made the roster unless a trade actually happens. Wilson has looked much better this year and the team needs linebackers.

Jacob Phillips will make the initial roster then go on injured reserve.

Tony Fields II could join him in that process.

A veteran, like Malcolm Smith, could get cut for one day while that process takes place.

Malik McDowell has made the roster.

The report on Porter Gustin being gone was somewhat surprising. The edge group is thin unless they really think McDowell and Sheldon Day can slide outside some.

At least starting out, looks like only four safeties making the roster with M.J. Stewart able to play both corner and safety in a pinch, if he makes the roster.

Injuries to Drew Forbes and Michael Dunn create question marks on the offensive line. James Hudson III’s struggles complicate things even more.

Greg Senat was placed on injured reserve but could be Chris Hubbard’s replacement as a veteran swing tackle in 2022 while Hudson continues to develop.

Really interested in what the team does at fullback. They seemed to be highlighting Johnny Stanton for another team to try to trade for or to test him in case he could replace Andy Janovich and save a few cap dollars.

Talk of him as the team’s fourth TE is also interesting but seems less likely.

The offense has a lot of talent making decisions there hard while the defense is lacking the extra 3 to 5 players on the backend of the depth charts that they need.

This is where trades could help balance the roster.

While the Browns compete for a Super Bowl in 2021, there will be a few players that are more long-term plays like Hudson and Demetric Felton.

If Hodge is dealt, who are the gunners on special teams? Richard LeCounte III is probably one.

If players like Elijah Lee and Sione Takitaki don’t make the roster, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah will likely be a key special teams player.

Special teams will have to play some role in decisions today even though a player like Wilson hasn’t played many snaps there, he may need to.

The defensive line, as a whole, is concerning to me. A lot riding on Jadeveon Clowney, Takk McKinley, Malik Jackson and McDowell. None have been consistent or consistently healthy recently (or ever for Clowney and McDowell).

Expecting two trades to adjust the roster.

Expecting two or three moves Wednesday to further change things from the initial 53-man.

Here is my best guess, quickly, of the initial 53-man roster:

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4 Players the Cleveland Browns need to sign back to the practice squad

Yahoo Sports 31 August, 2021 - 02:23am

Aug 22, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) throws a pass as New York Giants linebacker Trent Harris (93) defends during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

BEREA, OHIO – JULY 28: Defensive back Sheldrick Redwine #29 of the Cleveland Browns runs a play during the first day of Cleveland Browns Training Camp on July 28, 2021 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Cut-down days are the hardest days for NFL teams, their fans, and the players who get cut. Coaches have to tell players who they’ve poured their heart into coaching for several weeks, fans have to see a borderline player they’ve attached themselves to, and players have to try to find a new place to showcase their talents. The Cleveland Browns aren’t immune to these hard decisions, especially in 2021.

This season may be the hardest one in a long time for them, as they finally have a team full of talent all over the field, and cutting down on some positions is going to prove to be extremely difficult.

While these players won’t be on the final 53-man roster for the Cleveland Browns come week 1 of the 2021 NFL regular season, they still have a chance to make an impact for this team via the practice squad. While it’s never a guarantee that a cut player will not be claimed by another team, if they do clear waivers, they can be negotiated with to join a practice squad and stick with the team.

For the second consecutive season, the NFL has allowed the practice squad to be expanded to 16 players, up from 10 prior to 2020. Each team is allowed to have up to six players who have more than two accrued NFL seasons. That expansion allows some key veterans that teams like, but don’t necessarily have room for on the active roster, to stick around their organizations.

Cleveland started making some cuts to get their roster number to the required 53 by 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday. Here are three players they have cut, that they need to sign back to the practice squad.

Sheldrick Redwine was a fourth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2019 NFL Draft and was a surprise to many that he made the team in 2020. However, with the number of injuries to the Cleveland Browns secondary, he was relied on quite often, appearing in 15 games and totaling 24 total tackles and his first career half-sack in the 2020 season.

In 2021, the Browns have much more depth, talent, and health in their defensive backfield, making Redwine an expendable player on the active roster. The additions of safety John Johnson III and the return of safety Grant Delpit from injury that kept him out his entire rookie season forced him to be on the outside looking in on this roster from the start of training camp.

However, Redwine is a player that brings versatility. He has experience in this system, and stepped up when needed in several situations in 2020 to help the Browns get to the playoffs. He would be a good addition to the practice squad, someone that could help the starters get ready for their opponent on a weekly basis, but also could provide a healthy body if an injury to someone on the active roster were to occur.

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Browns: 4 players to keep and 4 players to cut after preseason ends

Factory Of Sadness 30 August, 2021 - 07:13am

The Browns have gone 3-0 in the preseason, and while that’s as much of a reason to cheer as your kindergartener receiving perfect attendance, it’s something. The problem is most of the people who helped the Browns attain that record is going to get cut. Ironic.

The team has to be down to 53 players by Tuesday but knowing Kevin Stefanski, the cuts will probably be made early Monday evening.

These are the four players the team needs to keep and the four players the team needs to cut in order to have a successful 2021.

It’s hard to deny that KhaDarel Hodge shouldn’t be on the team. Maybe he’s not a top-four guy but he’s shown more so far than someone like Anthony Schwartz. That may change after a few weeks, or maybe even a full season from now, but as of today Hodge is the fifth-best receiver the team has.

He might even be better than Donovan Peoples-Jones, though that is up for a debate. That and Peoples-Jones have the higher upside between the two. His speed makes him a more intriguing prospect. Yet, Hodge has shown time and time again that he can in fact make plays when called upon.

More than likely he’ll be a victim of circumstances with how deep the receiving corp is, but considering Peoples-Jones and running back/receiver Demetric Felton can handle return duties quite effectively, there’s no reason to not carry Hodge as the fifth option as opposed to someone like JoJo Natson.

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Browns: 4 players to keep and 4 players to cut after preseason ends

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The Browns have gone 3-0 in the preseason, and while that’s as much of a reason to cheer as your kindergartener receiving perfect attendance, it’s something. The problem is most of the people who helped the Browns attain that record is going to get cut. Ironic.

The team has to be down to 53 players by Tuesday but knowing Kevin Stefanski, the cuts will probably be made early Monday evening.

These are the four players the team needs to keep and the four players the team needs to cut in order to have a successful 2021.

It’s hard to deny that KhaDarel Hodge shouldn’t be on the team. Maybe he’s not a top-four guy but he’s shown more so far than someone like Anthony Schwartz. That may change after a few weeks, or maybe even a full season from now, but as of today Hodge is the fifth-best receiver the team has.

He might even be better than Donovan Peoples-Jones, though that is up for a debate. That and Peoples-Jones have the higher upside between the two. His speed makes him a more intriguing prospect. Yet, Hodge has shown time and time again that he can in fact make plays when called upon.

More than likely he’ll be a victim of circumstances with how deep the receiving corp is, but considering Peoples-Jones and running back/receiver Demetric Felton can handle return duties quite effectively, there’s no reason to not carry Hodge as the fifth option as opposed to someone like JoJo Natson.

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Browns: 4 players to keep and 4 players to cut after preseason ends

Dawg Pound Daily 30 August, 2021 - 07:13am

The Browns have gone 3-0 in the preseason, and while that’s as much of a reason to cheer as your kindergartener receiving perfect attendance, it’s something. The problem is most of the people who helped the Browns attain that record is going to get cut. Ironic.

The team has to be down to 53 players by Tuesday but knowing Kevin Stefanski, the cuts will probably be made early Monday evening.

These are the four players the team needs to keep and the four players the team needs to cut in order to have a successful 2021.

It’s hard to deny that KhaDarel Hodge shouldn’t be on the team. Maybe he’s not a top-four guy but he’s shown more so far than someone like Anthony Schwartz. That may change after a few weeks, or maybe even a full season from now, but as of today Hodge is the fifth-best receiver the team has.

He might even be better than Donovan Peoples-Jones, though that is up for a debate. That and Peoples-Jones have the higher upside between the two. His speed makes him a more intriguing prospect. Yet, Hodge has shown time and time again that he can in fact make plays when called upon.

More than likely he’ll be a victim of circumstances with how deep the receiving corp is, but considering Peoples-Jones and running back/receiver Demetric Felton can handle return duties quite effectively, there’s no reason to not carry Hodge as the fifth option as opposed to someone like JoJo Natson.

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Assessing KhaDarel Hodge's trade value if Browns move on from him

Browns Wire 30 August, 2021 - 07:12am

As noted throughout the offseason, the Cleveland Browns are going to have some difficult decisions to make with their talented, deep roster. The team can only have a 53-man roster as of Tuesday, 8/31/21 at 4 p.m. EST. Between then and now, the Browns can, and probably will, make some moves.

Part of the struggle for Cleveland is that their offensive side of the ball may be overloaded with players that deserve to make the roster while the defense may be lacking. Despite the defense lacking the same level of talented depth as the offense, the Browns will need to keep less talented defenders to fill the roster properly.

One offensive player that may be on the roster bubble is KhaDarel Hodge. Brad Stainbrook has reported that Hodge will not make the roster due to his salary and role:

As the #Browns prepare to travel to Atlanta this evening, the belief is it may be the last game for WR KhaDarel Hodge as a Cleveland Brown, sources say.

Hodge is due to make $2.1m this season, and the team may not be looking to spend that money on the 6th WR.

— Brad Stainbrook (@BrownsByBrad) August 28, 2021

It is no surprise that the team will have tough decisions and some of them may be unpopular. If Cleveland really is moving on from Hodge, a trade could be possible.

To assess Hodge’s value in a trade, we must look at both the positives and negatives for a team acquiring him via trade.

While Browns fans and media have been, rightfully, impressed with Hodge’s preseason performances, his trade value is relatively low. That could lead Cleveland to keep the receiver and special teamer or, out of respect for the player (and maybe as a favor to his agent) to waive him.

If Andrew Berry is able to make a deal for Hodge, the team can expect no more than a fifth-round pick but more likely a sixth. Berry may also look to acquire a defensive player instead of a draft pick, using a strength (receiver) to bolster another unit.

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