Update: The Browns waived recently acquired Caylin Hauptmann after he failed his physical leading to this waiver claim:
From NFL transaction wire just released: #Browns waived T Caylin Hauptmann – Failed Physical
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) September 2, 2014
If it wasn’t clear over the past couple days, it is today. The Cleveland Browns seem to have 2 things on their minds when it comes to their roster: 1) Constant change through roster moves and 2) Offensive lineman. Today the Browns added Vinston Painter to their roster, signing him off the Broncos Practice Squad:
What makes this move so interesting is that Painter was available off waivers but the Browns didn’t make a claim on him. That allowed the Broncos to get him signed to their Practice Squad. Who the Browns release could be telling. If it is one of their many offensive linemen than Painter is seen as a possible upgrade at the position. If it is a corner back as some think it will be…
Browns will need to make a roster move for newly signed OL Vinston Painter. Guessing they’ll part with one of their 12 DBs — Justin Higdon (@afc2nfc) September 2, 2014
… than it is more due to the health at the corner spot. Of interest when we covered the Browns release of their Week 1 Depth Chart this morning was that both Buster Skrine and Pierre Desir were not listed as injured but Desmond Bryant was. If the Browns see health from both of those players releasing another corner to add to their offensive line makes sense.
Painter is a huge offensive tackle that was drafted in the 6th round last year by the Broncos. Standing over 6’4″ Painter is an impressive physical specimen. He ran a sub 5.0 40 yard dash and benched 32 reps of 225 pounds. Painter has some development left to do after starting college on the defensive side of the ball. His measurables make him an analytics dream player, whether he can transfer that on the field is a different story.
Either way clearly the Browns are not overly excited about their offensive line depth and are looking to churn up talent anyway that they can.
What do you think of all the movement so far? See it as a good way of finding talent or a problem for consistency?