Fighting for a job
If the Browns go with three reserves at defensive tackle, Daniel Ekuale would be the top candidate for that spot. Ekuale was undrafted out of Washington State in 2018 and spent that season on the practice squad. He made it to the active roster in 2019 but had just four tackles in seven games.
Still, that experience and time on the practice squad could be invaluable this season with limited exhibition games to go off of when the coaches cut the roster down.
Eli Ankou started two games in 2019 for the Browns while they were dealing with their issues with health and suspension n the defensive line. He had 7 tackles, one of which went for a loss.
He was formerly with the Jacksonville Jaguars and in his two seasons there, he had 26 tackles with 1.5 sacks. He has more experience than most of the players fighting for a spot which could be huge for him.
Another undrafted player, Justin Zimmer joined the NFL in 2016 out of Ferris State. He has played for the Buffalo Bills, Atlant Falcons, and New Orleans Saints in addition to Cleveland. Ge also had a stint in the CFL with Montreal.
Last season, Zimmer appeared in two games for the Browns and had five tackles. He likely will fight with Ekuale and Ankou for a spot on the team in 2020.
One of the many UDFAs on the Browns roster this season, Jeffery Whatley was with South Alabama collegiately and broke out in his final campaign with 39 tackles and four sacks. He faces an uphill battle not just for playing in the Sun Belt but also the fact that he hardly saw the field until 2019. The practice squad is his likely destination this year.