Cleveland Browns awarded Shane Wynn off waivers


Nov 8, 2014; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Shane Wynn (1) runs the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium. Penn State Nittany Lions beat the Indiana Hoosiers by the score of 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns were awarded wide receiver Shane Wynn off waivers on Friday, according to the team’s website.

Wynn was an undrafted free agent who signed with Atlanta following last month’s NFL Draft. In addition to the Falcons, Wynn reportedly received interest from Jacksonville, Indianapolis, New England, Houston and the Browns following the draft.

The 5-foot-6, 167-pound Wynn played at Cleveland’s Glenville High School before matriculating to Indiana. With the Hoosiers, Wynn started 36 games (out of 48 overall), and finished his finished his career in Bloomington, Ind., tied for second in catches (189), seventh in receiving yards (2,189) and third in receiving touchdowns (20) in school history. He also is ranked third in kickoff return yards (1,854), fourth in all-purpose yards (4,429) and tied for eighth in total touchdowns (25).

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He is also the only player in school history to Hoosier to have scored touchdowns receiving, rushing, on kick returns and on  punt returns in his career.

Despite his small stature, Wynn is out to prove he can hold up in the NFL.

“I want to show the ability that I’ve got, that has been overlooked my whole life, that I’m able to play in the NFL,” Wynn told The Plain Dealer following the draft. “I want to show younger kids that it doesn’t matter what size you are. If you can play, you can play. It’s all about being tough and not listening to what people say about you and knowing what you can do, and working harder than everybody else.”

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A co-captain his senior year, Wynn was also the recipient of the school’s Ted Verlihay Award, which is “given to the Indiana University football player who has demonstrated the best mental attitude and loyalty to Indiana Football. A trophy is awarded to the recipient and his name is engraved on a plaque displayed in the Football Office Complex. The award was established by the friends and family of Ted Verlihay.

“A veteran of the Vietnam War, Verlihay earned a letter following the 1967 season. A native of Pittsburgh, Penn., Verlihay graduated from North Catholic High School where he was an All-State guard and linebacker. He captained his 1963 high school team to a 9-0-1 record. Verlihay was a physical education major at Indiana.”

Wynn posted an official time of 4.29 seconds for the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, a time that would have ranked him second among all positions at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis – except that he wasn’t invited to the Combine.

To make room for Wynn, the Browns released wide receiver Paul Browning, an undrafted free agent from Colorado State-Pueblo who the club signed after their rookie minicamp in early May.

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