The Cleveland Browns continue to round out their roster through a variety of roster moves. Report is in that the Browns have added Kiero Small to their practice squad:
Baltimore native Kiero Small (Cardinal Gibbons, Seahawks, Arkansas) joining Browns’ practice squad, according to a source
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 31, 2014
Small is a fullback that was cut by, surprise surprise, the Seattle Seahawks. The Browns continue to try to learn from the best in the league by acquiring their players. Small was drafted in the 7th round by the Seahawks but lost the competition for the starting fullback spot to Derrick Coleman. Small, like fellow Brown Pierre Desir, has a unique story that led him to high school. The Baltimore native ended up at Arkansas but not before a few bumps in the road says the Baltimore Sun:
Small had a long journey to the NFL. After high school, Small attended Valley Forge Military Academy before leaving after one semester, discouraged by the highly regimented schedule that included a 4 a.m. reveille. He then worked at his family’s T-shirt business in downtown Baltimore before enrolling at Hartnell Junior College in California, where he developed into an All-American who lined up at fullback and linebacker. Small accepted a scholarship to Arkansas, where the Razorbacks installed him as a lead blocker who sometimes broke facemasks.
A player who breaks facemasks will always be welcome in the blue collar town of Cleveland. Small is insurance against injury, or ineffectiveness, from undrafted FB starter Ray Agnew. According to Pro Football Focus the Browns now have two top flight FB within their system:
Looks like good ol’ fashion smash-mouth football, via the Zone Blocking Scheme, might be back in Cleveland.
We expect a number of other additions to the Browns practice squad today, hopefully including Connor Shaw and Jacobbi McDaniel. As it is the Browns have brought more power to their team today and Small is another example of that.
What do you think of all the team’s moves today?