3 surprises from Browns initial 53 man roster

Browns, Mike Harley. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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No. 1 – Lack of Wide Receivers

Throughout the day the Cleveland Browns released Mike Harley, Daylen Baldwin, and Easop Winston who all played receiver during the preseason. Both Harley and Baldwin showed some promising reps, but at the end of the day, they didn’t have what it took to make the roster.

It was easy to watch these guys make a couple of catches vs. third-string defenders in the preseason, but we must remember that guys like Harley who we fall in love with likely won’t even make another roster.

Do keep in mind that Felton may be considered a wide receiver in the original 53-man roster, but he adds nothing to this room that is likely the worst in the league. I think a more likely reason the Browns kept five receivers was to use one to trade for an upgraded wide receiver.

The Jets appear to be the best option now, not only are their rumors that Denzel Mims wants out, but they also have an extremely weak running back room. It may take a pick and Johnson to get the deal done, but that would be a huge win for this roster. I’m not sold I would want to give up Hunt for Mims unless a pick was also in the deal to the Browns.

There are also some guys who will hit waivers like Preston Williams and Tyler Johnson who would be clear upgrades. You also have veterans like Will Fuller and Emmanuel Sanders waiting to sign with a team before the start of the season.

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