Cleveland Browns sign three tryout players from rookie mini-camp
The Cleveland Browns continued to build on their rookie class, signing three players from rookie mini-camp who were on a tryout basis.
The Cleveland Browns signed three players who received a camp invitation/tryout during the team’s rookie mini-camp over the weekend.
Undrafted free agents Jhavonte Dean, running back Trayone Gray, and linebacker Willie Harvey all signed a contract with the Browns, receiving a longer look through the summer from the organization. The signings were first reported by Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Dean made waves following the first day of rookie camp after making several plays. According to Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 the Fan, Dean intercepted two passes and knocked away three more during the first day of practices.
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The 6-foot-1, 185 pound cornerback from Miami (Fla.) played two seasons for the Hurricanes, appearing in 25 games. He made 28 total tackles, three interceptions, and five passes defensed. After his strong first day of practice, he received credit from Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens – via Ruiter.
"“It is better to make a play than to not make a play,” Kitchens said. “That is really the only thing that I can say about it right now. He showed up. It was good to see. He made a couple plays on the ball that he didn’t end up with the ball, but he still made the play on the ball. He was a factor. Anytime you are a factor, you kind of stand out. That is a good thing during this time of the year.” – Ruiter, 92.3 The Fan"
Gray was one of the earliest reported players to have received a camp invitation from the Browns. Also a former Hurricane, Gray played 29 games in four seasons for Miami. He rushed 294 yards and five touchdowns on 60 carries. He also caught six passes for 54 yards.
Harvey was an honorable mention All-Big 12 the final three seasons of his career with the Iowa State Cyclones. The 6-foot, 224 pound linebacker played 49 games in four seasons with the Cyclones, making 289 total tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception, and 11 passes defensed.
The Browns have preached competition this offseason and have made it a focus for the entire roster. These three players may be long shots to make the final roster, but they showed enough during rookie camp to earn themselves a longer look before the 2019 season.