Fighting for a spot: Devaroe Lawrence
John Dorsey saw something in Devaroe Lawrence that he really liked as he made a trade for him as 53-man rosters were being figured out. Cleveland sent a seventh-round pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for the defensive tackle and had him on the field for their Week 1 game — but only for two snaps. He never saw the field again and ended up on the practice squad after being waived in October.
A rookie in 2017, Lawrence spent the majority of the year rehabbing after he tore his ACL in the final game he ever appeared in for the Auburn Tigers. At this point, it seems like a long shot that he will find his way back to the active roster, but he does have another year of eligibility to join the practice squad.
Longshot at this point: Daniel Ekuale
Daniel Ekuale was on the practice squad for 13 weeks before being released by the Browns. The undrafted rookie then spent the final month without an NFL home but was signed to a contract once the season came to an end.
The 300-pound second-year pro played collegiately at Washington State and recorded 71 tackles with 14 for a loss. His path to the NFL remains through the practice squad at this point in time.