3 Cleveland Browns on the 53-man roster who still aren’t safe
By Randy Gurzi
It’s set, for now. But we all know how it works in the NFL when it comes to the 53-man roster. Teams, such as the Cleveland Browns, make their cuts down to 53 only to make even more moves in the following days — and even months.
First, there will be waiver claims as franchises pick up players that were let go by other teams. Then, there are other transactions such as releases to make room for the claimed players as well as some players being shifted from the active roster to the IR.
In summary, this roster is always evolving until the season ends. That means some of the players currently on the roster in Cleveland are still on the bubble as we approach Week 1. Here are three such members of the Browns who might not be safe despite making the first cut.
3. Cleveland Browns CB, A.J. Green
Easily the most confusing play of the game on Sunday night against Atlanta was when A.J. Green stole the punt away from the Falcons return man — who had signaled a fair catch. It was hard to tell what he was doing, or what he thought he saw that made him go for the ball.
Whatever it was, it turned out to be a 15-yard penalty and clouded his preseason. The good news is, he still did enough to convince Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski to keep him around when they announced the 53-man roster.
Having said that, he’s sixth on the depth chart right now at cornerback which is a less than ideal spot to be in. Teams don’t always keep that many corners, with five often being the goal. That could lead to Green being a name they consider moving on from if there is a player to claim.
Plus, even if they did decide to keep six cornerbacks, there’s not much security for him being the final name on the depth chart. If someone that gets released is a player the Browns like better, they could very easily decide to move on from the former undrafted free agent to make room.