Analyzing the Cleveland Browns depth chart at wide receiver
The Longshots: Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, Ishmael Hyman, Blake Jackson, Dorian Baker, D.J. Montgomery
The final five players listed on the Cleveland Browns website are all long shots to make the team — although that doesn’t mean the road is impossible. We know that as the aforementioned Derrick Willies wasn’t supposed to make the active roster in 2018 but found a way to do so.
One rookie who hopes to have similar success in 2019 is Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, who will be hard to root against. Not long ago, the undrafted rookie was sleeping outside of a training facility after spending his last $200 trying to get the work in he needed to make the NFL. He did enough to get a tryout with the Browns, who ended up signing him after he forced his way into a scouting event where he wasn’t supposed to be.
With sub 4.4 speed, Sheehy-Guiseppi has the tools to make a roster one day, but will likely need some time on a practice squad to hone his skills. Hopefully, that will be in Cleveland because his story has been fun to watch.
Another player to monitor Ishmael Hyman who has a rapport with current third-string quarterback Garrett Gilbert. Each was on the Orlando Apollos of the short-lived AAF. That could help him in camp and the preseason as he aims for a spot on the club.
Two other rookies will fight for a chance to make an impression as Dorian Baker out of Kentucky and D.J. Montgomery from Austin Peay will join the Browns in camp. Baker turned some heads in rookie minicamps and boasts impressive size at 6-foot-3 and 218-pounds. He had 102 career receptions for the Wildcats with six career touchdowns. As for Montgomery, he was a junior college transfer who played well his final two seasons but still has to prove he can handle NFL-level talent.
Lastly, there’s Blake Jackson who spent last season on the Browns practice squad. Listed at 5-10 and 200-pounds, Jackson had just one reception in the preseason as a rookie but it was a good one. He scored from 22-yards out, which was enough to get him on the squad.
Still, he played at a small college in Mary Hardin-Baylor and will need to do a lot in order to pass up the talented receivers ahead of him.