Cleveland Browns: Jordan Leslie returning to bolster weak WR group

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The Cleveland Browns are bringing back wide receiver Jordan Leslie who was surprisingly cut after a successful preseason in 2017.

The Cleveland Browns had a group of wide receivers in training camp and throughout the preseason that may not have been great, but they got to work with the quarterbacks for months.

Then the front office decided to cut most of these players in favor of bringing in three new receivers right before the start of the season. A bold move indeed.

Jordan Leslie was one of the final cuts, but he appears to be heading back now that Corey Coleman is out with a broken hand.

The team has not announced anything at the time of this being written, but we will trust Leslie on Twitter.

Jordan Leslie is not a big name and some Browns fans may not even know who he is, but he was a surprise cut. If anything, he had built up some chemistry with this offense, and fans are seeing how much that matters when Sammie Coates is out on the field not knowing the plays while Kasen Williams didn’t even make the active roster this past Sunday.

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The fact Leslie returning is notable in any sense shows how bad this receiving corps is, but that is not a knock on Leslie. He has the chance to step in and be a key figure in this group, but at this exact point in time, having to bring back a cut player is never a good sign.

However, Rashard Higgins was on a similar path and returned to the team with a 95-yard day in Baltimore in Week 2. Maybe being cut will spark Leslie as well.

With Coleman out and Kenny Britt being painfully ineffective, it will be up to players like Higgins, Leslie and Ricardo Louis who actually worked with DeShone Kizer this past offseason and in the preseason.

Coates has natural talent, but to be fair to him he is still learning this complex offense, while Williams is doing the same. Then there is the third new receiver, Reggie Davis, who has not even suited up once since joining the Browns.

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It is always something with this team, and fans must now place their hopes in an unproven receiving corps filled with players who had a hard time originally making a 53-man roster.