Cleveland Browns 53-Man roster prediction Preseason Week 2
Special Teams (4): Austin Seibert, Britton Colquitt, Charley Hughlett, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi
Usually, there are only three members of the team dedicated to just special teams, but this year, the Browns add one in Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi. Perhaps this prediction is being made as a result of being a prisoner of the moment, but it isn’t impossible to see Sheehy-Guiseppi make the roster. His unlikely journey to the 90-man roster was crazy enough, but then his 86-yard punt return for a touchdown made it feel like it was his destiny to play in the NFL.
It’s been a while since the Browns have had a returner with enough juice to really turn the game around in the blink of an eye, but he is someone who is capable of doing just that. He won’t help anywhere else, but this kid can fly and there’s nothing wrong with dedicating a space for that.
As for the rest of the specialists, the big change comes at placekicker as rookie Austin Seibert unseats Greg Joseph. The fifth-round pick struggled to start camp but was aided by Joseph missing an extra point late in the game against Washington.
Joseph missed four of those in his rookie season and that issue is clearly still there. Add that to the fact that a draft pick was spent on Seibert and this one seems like an easy decision.
While it would be fun to see “The Scottish Hammer” make the team, Jamie Gillan just isn’t complete enough to take out Briton Colquitt. If it were just about punts, maybe he could, but Colquitt handles the field goal holds and that job is too important to mess with — and Gillan has never done it since he was the field goal kicker at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Lastly, there’s Charley Hughlett. The veteran long snapper just keeps doing his job without missing a beat. It’s the most overlooked position on a team but if you were to ever lose your long snapper, you would learn to love them real quick.