Browns 53 Man Roster: Reviewing Our Predictions


The Cleveland Browns released their 53 man roster yesterday. We released our prediction for their 53 man roster the day prior. Time to own up to our correction predictions and incorrect ones and see how we did overall. We believe that if we are going to predict things we should also share the results of our predictions.

Starting with first we miscounted and had 54 men on our roster. Big strike against us. Jamaal Westerman made our roster when he should not of.

The Givens (Everyone got these right)

Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel, Ben Tate, Terrance West, Jordan Cameron, Jim Dray, Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, Alex Mack, John Greco, Mitchell Schwartz, Armonty Bryant, Atybah Rubin, Phil Taylor, Billy Winn, Desmond Bryant, John Hughes, Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo, Jabaal Sheard, Karlos Dansby, Christian Kirksey, Craig Robertson, Joe Haden, Justin Gilbert, Buster Skrine, Pierre Desir, Donte Whitner, Tashaun Gipson, Billy Cundiff, Spencer Lanning and Christian Yount.

34 were givens.

We Were Right About Players Making the Team

Rex Grossman – Not a tough call but some thought Connor Shaw might get the call.

Isaiah Crowell – FO was interested in keeping him long before his breakout game against the Bears.

Ray Agnew – Agnew is a fun nose for contact type of player who clearly won over the coaches.

Taylor Gabriel, Travis Benjamin, Charles Johnson, Marlon Moore and Gary Barnidge – Each player brings a little something different to the table that just seems to fit. The coaching staff may have been hiding much of their plans for the burner Benjamin in a creative offense. Barnidge did enough to stick around over Gray.

Paul McQuiston and Martin Wallace – While each struggled the Browns seemed sold on these two guys as solid consistent backups.

Ishmaa’ily Kitchen – Kitchen was close to a lock and provides backup to Rubin as a big space eater.

Aaron Berry – The Browns coaching staff has hopes for Berry and he showed good in the final pre-season game. Injuries, both to him and other DBs, will be a factor and likely were a factor in him staying on.

Jordan Poyer and Jim Leonhard – Poyer’s versatility was a huge plus and Leonhard provides a similar knowledge and skill that Grossman does for the offense.

We Were Wrong About Making the Team

Dion Lewis – Many expected Lewis to make the team based on Mike Pettine’s statements. Instead he was cut. Wouldn’t of been a surprising going into camp but Lewis made a believer with his quick moves.

MarQueis Gray – Gray was the starting FB when camp started. Got concussed, got moved back to tight end then struggled with ball security. Pettine won’t have patience for fumbles.

Donald Hawkins – We took a shot in the dark on this one, the other guy the Eagles claim took the spot though.

Justin Staples and Jamaal Westerman – Westerman was our mistake but we will claim it here. Staples always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Browns wanted more DBs is partially the reason he missed the cut.

Isaiah Trufant – Wish we had a mulligan here. Trufant is on IR for the year. Happens. We were wrong.

Players We Were Wrong About Getting Cut

Karim Barton – The other Eagles lineman that wasn’t cut. We picked the wrong one but had the right idea.

Tank Carder and Eric Martin – The Browns kept two different linebackers who likely fit their need on special teams as much if not more than at LB.

Robert Nelson and K’waun Williams – Two players very few had making the roster but the importance of DBs who are healthy was prioritized here. Both are possible cuts during the waiver process.

Johnson Bademosi – Didn’t prioritize special teams needs enough. Bademosi is a bad man on that unit and a necessary part.

So we got 6 spots wrong. A great number when you think about the 53 man roster but when you realize that 34 were givens that means we were wrong about 6 of the final 19. Marlon Moore may or may not be on the roster after Week 1 if you are wondering why there are still 54 people listed as making the team. He is on the suspended list as expected.

47 of 53 gives us an 89% accuracy, rounded up.

13 out of 19 gives us an 68% accuracy, rounded down.

Not terrible but not great.

How accurate were you?