McKnight didn’t ut up much in the way of stats last season at Charlotte, but he has an interesting athletic profile that makes him a developmental option.
Day spent the final few weeks of the season on the Browns practice squad, providing starting NFL experience in case of emergency. He could fill the same role in 2021.
Malveaux was forced into action due to Myles Garrett landing on the COVID-19 reserve list. He didn’t do much in his 18 snaps, but that isn’t nearly enough to make a judgment on a player either.
Fields was a fifth-round pick, which would typically all but guarantee him a roster spot. But the Browns are a good team now, and he’ll have to work his way onto the squad. Special teams will be the way he does that, which would give Cleveland six linebackers. It’s unlikely they make use of that many, so a practice squad spot isn’t out of the question for Fields.
Lee is in a similar position as Fields, but he isn’t a draft pick. He played only 10 games in 2020, but finished eighth on the team in special teams snaps. Tavierre Thomas and Tae Davis, two of the guys who played more special teams snaps, are gone, so it won’t be easy to completely move on from Lee.
There is not a spot on the roster for Meander, but the team clearly sees something in him given he’s bounced back and forth with them since 2018. He’s a converted safety which gives him an interesting skillset, one more suited for the modern game.