Daily Dawg Tags: Cleveland Browns make roster moves
By Thomas Moore
Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Tuesday, Aug. 30.
The Cleveland Browns were very busy on Monday.
With today’s league-mandated deadline to reduce rosters to a maximum of 75 players, the Browns released linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive back K’Waun Williams, among others, and traded punter Andy Lee.
“Let me say this about anybody that we let go – we let people go because there is a performance that we want, not so much just (Paul), I mean everybody,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “When you let players go now, you give them a chance to catch on at other places. I think the respectful thing to do if you don’t see a guy having the potential to make your team, I think the right thing to do is to move forward and move on, and I think that is what we have done.
“I can’t worry about perceptions and what everybody thinks. Our team is getting ready for a game on Thursday against Chicago, and then next week, the season starts. What we are going to do is keep working. As I have said before, we know we have a lot of work to do, and I think that is what our focus is and to really coach the guys that are here and try to get these guys better.”
Lost in all the roster moves was Jackson’s decision to player the starters Thursday night against the Bears, a move that is sure to spark a firestorm if someone gets hurt.
Let’s kick off the day by taking a look at the latest news around the Browns and the NFL.
Cleveland Browns news:
Browns trade Andy Lee to Carolina
"The Cleveland Browns traded punter Andy Lee to the Carolina Panthers on Monday, yet another move to rid the team of a player over the age of 30."
Browns move on from K’Waun Williams
"The Cleveland Browns reduced the roster to 75 players by releasing defensive back K’Waun Williams."
"The Cleveland Browns have started trimming their roster and linebacker Paul Kruger is the biggest name of the early cuts."
How bad was the offensive line vs. Tampa Bay?
"The Cleveland Browns offensive line struggled to protect the quarterback Friday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All told, Cleveland quarterbacks were sacked an alarming eight times. Outside of the actual sacks, numerous holding penalties and quarterback hits contributed to the overall abysmal performance. But not all the hits, penalties and sacks can be laid at the feet of the offensive line"
Which wide receivers make the final roster?
"The Cleveland Browns have several difficult roster decisions to make in the coming days, and none may be harder than at wide receiver."
Browns offense has talent, lacks cohesion (NFL SpinZone)
"The Cleveland Browns have shown a lot of talent and explosive playmaking on the offensive side of the ball this preseason and training camp. What they haven’t shown is consistency and cohesion to this point, which is holding them back on the scoreboard."
Patrick Murray ready for challenge of kicking in Cleveland (cleveland.com)
"Patrick Murray knows what it’s like to kick in Cleveland. He had to do it two seasons ago when he kicked at FirstEnergy Stadium with the Buccaneers."
Joey Bosa ends holdout, signs with Chargers (Bolt Beat)
"The stalemate between Joey Bosa and the San Diego Chargers is finally over, reports NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, who says the deal includes a $17 million signing bonus."
Cowboys not expected to pursue Josh McCown (NFL.com)
"The Dallas Cowboys will search for a backup quarterback after Tony Romo’s recent back injury. That search won’t likely reignite talks with the Cleveland Browns regarding backup Josh McCown."
Final 53-man roster projections for every NFL team (ESPN)
"Will the Denver Broncos part ways with veteran Mark Sanchez and keep just two quarterbacks? What will the New ork Giants do with Victor Cruz? Is former top-10 pick Justin Gilbert on his way out in Cleveland? NFL Nation reporters answer these questions and much more as they take their final crack at projecting the 53-man rosters for all 32 teams."
Seattle to release Brandon Browner (The News Tribune)
"Brandon Browner’s Seahawks experiment with a specific role – and his “Legion of Boom” reunion in the secondary – are over before they really began. Seattle is going to cut him when it announces its 15 roster moves today to get down to 75 players by the league deadline."