Browns claim wide receiver Larry Pinkard off waivers
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns made a minor transaction on Monday, claiming wide receiver Larry Pinkard off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Cleveland Browns claimed wide receiver Larry Pinkard off the waiver wire on Monday afternoon.
The club announced the transaction on its website.
Pinkard spent the 2017 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he played in four games and caught the only pass thrown his way, a five-yard reception from the arm of Blake Bortles, the Jaguars $54 million quarterback, in a win over the Seattle Seahawks.
The Jaguars waived Pinkard in December with an injury designation after he finished the regular season on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in that game against the Seahawks.
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Pinkard, who is 6-foot and 196 pounds, originally entered the NFL after signing with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion in 2015. He did not stick with the Packers and spent time on the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders and the practice squad of the Jaguars.
Pinkard played three years for the Monarchs before being dismissed from the team in the summer of 2014 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He transferred to Bluefield College but was ineligible to play what would have been his final college season.
He finished his Old Dominion career with 160 receptions for 2,338 yards and 25 touchdowns, which landed him at No. 3 on the program’s career list for receptions and at No. 2 on the career list for receiving yards.
Pinkard improved each year in college, going from 37 receptions and 488 yards his first season to 68 receptions for 1,020 yards his final year, with big games coming against East Carolina (eight receptions for 92 yards) and Maryland (seven receptions for 96 yards).
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He also caught nine touchdown passes in a season twice, so he knows how to find the end zone, which is always nice.
If he makes it to training camp, Pinkard will take on the likes of C.J. Board, Sammie Coates, Matt Hazel, Bug Howard and Kasen Williams for a roster spot.