Cleveland Browns at Packers: 3 key things to watch for
Players on the roster bubble
The second half of Friday’s game will showcase many younger players vying for roster spots. The Browns currently have 90 players on the roster, and over the course of the next four weeks the roster will be trimmed to 53. The team has intriguing young talent and these players’ preseason performance means everything for them to secure a roster spot.
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One of the intriguing players to watch is wide receiver Rannell Hall. Hall was signed as an undrafted rookie out of UCF in 2015 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was later released and signed with the Browns last December.
Hall has flown under the radar due to the Browns having four drafted receivers. However, Hall has been having a fantastic start to camp and has shown playmaking potential. At a crowded receiver position, it will be interesting to see if Hall can sneak his way into the fold.
With Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson expected to be the featured running backs in the offense it leaves space for one more back on the roster. The battle for the third spot will be between Raheem Mostert, Terrell Watson and Glenn Winston. Mostert was bought in late last season by the Browns and spent time returning kicks. He was listed third-string ahead of Watson and Winston on the initial depth chart and possesses extra value due to his special teams ability.
The Browns signed Watson this past winter after he spent the 2015 season in Hue Jackson’s offense on the Bengals practice squad.
He is a big bruising back at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, and had an impressive collegiate career at Azusa Pacific. He rushed for 4,845 yards and scored 61 touchdowns in three seasons.
Watson was bought in by Jackson, so it is expected he may have a slight edge over the other backs.
Glenn Winston has been in the Browns organization since training camp in 2014. However, Winston has battled injuries in his career in Cleveland and has only been active for eight games in two years, only receiving one rushing attempt in that span. He does have special teams experience but entering his third season, Winston must prove himself as a runner to make the roster.