Practice squad hopeful: D’Ernest Johnson
The Browns had an interesting situation at running back before signing D’Ernest Johnson in mid-May. They originally picked up Michigan State product L.J. Scott, who was an intriguing prospect. Scott was a good runner for the Spartans but struggled with durability. However, the intrigue died quickly as he decided to give up football just days after signing.
Cleveland then went after Johnson as a replacement. Johnson played for the Orlando Apollos of the short-lived AAF, where he was a teammate of quarterback Garrett Gilbert who is now also on the Browns as well. He was the third best rusher in that league with 372 yards on 64 carries with two touchdowns.
While he has a lot of talent, making this team is going to be incredibly hard. However, the practice squad surely isn’t out of the question.
Undrafted rookie: Trayone Gray
The last man on the roster to look at is Trayone Gray out of Miami. At 6-foot-1 and 233-pounds, he’s a big back who played some fullback for the Hurricanes. Cleveland didn’t keep a fullback last season and may not elect to do so this year.
In his career, Gray had just 294 yards on 60 rushing attempts. He has pretty long odds to make the team at this point.