Cleveland Browns 53-Man Roster Projection (Final Version) It is time for my final 53-man roster projection for the

#1 von liny195 , 07.11.2018 09:21

Cleveland Browns. General Manager John Dorsey will have to trim the roster from 86 players to 53 players by 4:00 PM ET on Saturday , September 1st. This edition is based on the weeks of training camp reports, performances from the four preseason games, and my general instincts..dbn {background: #fff;width: 600px;padding: 2px;font-size: 12px;color: #FFFFFF;}tr:first-child td {font-weight: bold;TEXT-ALIGN: center; BACKGROUND: #DF6108; COLOR: white; VERTICAL-ALIGN: bottom;}td {border: 1px solid #000;padding-left: 2px;}tr:nth-child(even) {background: #330000;color: white;}tr:nth-child(even) td {color: white;}tr:nth-child(odd) {background: #FFDB9F;color: black;}tr td:first-child {text-align:center;font-weight:bold;}The following players would not count toward the 53-man roster:Injured Reserve: WR Ricardo Louis, CB Howard WilsonGeneral Roster Projection NotesSince the first edition of my list, I removed the following four players from my 53-man roster projection:WR Corey ColemanDL Trenton ThompsonLB Mychal KendricksS Simeon ThomasSince the second edition of my list, I added the following four players to my 53-man roster projection:WR Rashard HigginsWR Damion RatleyDL Nate OrchardLB Justin CurrieI will explain each of the roster decisions in the positional bullet points below.Quarterback: As much as I like Brogan Roback for being funny, the team doesn’t need four quarterbacks, even on the practice squad.Running Back: It was a solid final preseason game for Matthew Dayes, but reps will already be hard to divide between the top three backs.Wide Receiver: One of the polarizing decisions I had to make was whether to keep Jeff Janis or not. He has been hurt or done nothing all preseason, but I have to keep telling myself that Cleveland signed him for a niche reason (gunner), and he will still likely be counted on to fulfill that. Whether rookie Damion Ratley makes the roster is up for debate too — I squeeze him on over TE Devon Cajuste. Rashard Higgins was on my cut list before camp, but he’s definitely earned a roster spot with a great camp. What a difference from a year ago.Tight End: People have wondered whether Seth DeValve’s roster spot is in jeopardy. I just don’t see how the team could cut an expected contributor because he was hurt during camp. DeValve has good hands and can stretch the field better than Cajuste can. I was pulling for Cajuste due to his Hard Knocks story, but that drop in the final preseason game was costly.Offensive Line: People are intrigued by what Desmond Harrison can offer as a backup tackle, but I don’t think he’s ready for a 53-man roster spot. The practice squad is the right spot for him to develop. I think the team would trade Shon Coleman if there was an interest in him, but don’t think they are deep enough at tackle to just outright cut him. Greg Robinson had a decent preseason if the club wants to keep him as insurance.Defensive Line: The defensive line position is all over the place due to Trevon Coley’s health. I don’t think veteran Chris Smith will be cut , but he hasn’t been seeing early-game reps. Rookie third-rounder Chad Thomas has had an uneventful camp, but shouldn’t be at risk of being cut. I said Carl Nassib vs. Nate Orchard was a battle I felt would be a “thing” early in camp, and Hard Knocks has played that out too. I was sticking with Nassib over Orchard, but then Orchard had an awesome pick six in the final preseason game. Ugh. As awesome as that one play is, I just don’t know if the staff will feel he is productive enough against starting-level talent. I found a last-second spot for him by taking rookie S Simeon Thomas off the main roster.Linebacker: The sudden departure of Mychal Kendricks definitely threw a wrench in the once-fruitful linebacker depth, and Genard Avery’s injury hurts matters too. James Burgess’ roster spot should be locked in more, but now I have Justin Currie making the final roster too (but he will probably be gone after waiver moves are made).Cornerback: Cleveland stockpiled on cornerbacks this offseason, and I’ve decided to keep all of them. T.J. Carrie and E.J. Gaines were supposed to battle it out for the other starting corner job, but faded from competition quickly. Still, I think Gregg Williams hated the lack of depth at the position last year and will want that whole room of guys to work with. Safety: The safety room is a bit thin after the first three, so I’m shifting CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun over there to fill out a number. I also think we could see Jabrill Peppers and Derrick Kindred on the field a lot together, helping alleviate some of the number issues at linebacker at times.Special Teams: The kicker competition ended early, with Ross Martin being cut before the final preseason game (but I was keeping Zane Gonzalez anyway). I don’t think Justin Vogel will unseat veteran Britton Colquitt.The single asterisks on the cut side represent my projected practice squad, which includes RB Matthew Dayes, WR Derrick Willies , OT Desmond Harrison, DL Daniel Ekuale, DL Zaycoven Henderson, LB B.J. Bello, LB Jermaine Grace, S Simeon Thomas, CB Jeremiah McKinnon, CB Denzel Rice, and DB Tigie Sankoh.Note: I reserve the right to tweak my 53-man projection by noon on Friday. Final roster cuts are due Saturday by 4 PM ET.Feel free to share your roster projections here, or some changes you would make to mine.Tyrod Taylor a 3rd-tier QB per ESPN, NFL execs For the fifth straight year, ESPN NFL insider Mike Sando has polled a group of NFL executives and coaches in order to rank all 32 expected starting quarterbacks heading into the season. The quarterbacks are ranked individually from 1 to 32 and are also placed in one of five tiers. And while Cleveland Browns’ starter Tyrod Taylor has avoided the dreaded Tier 5, he still isn’t thought of as one of the more elite-level passers around the league.Sando consulted “10 general managers, five head coaches, 10 coordinators , 10 senior personnel executives, five QB coaches and 10 others with job titles ranging from assistant coach to salary-cap manager to analytics director,” in compiling his rankings.Tier 1 quarterbacks “can carry his team each week. The team wins because of him.” Tier 2 passers, “can carry his team sometimes, but not as consistently... He has a hole or two in his game.” At Tier 3, where Taylor resides, the quarterback “is a legitimate starter, but needs a heavier running game and/or defense to win.” Tier 4 “could be an unproven player with some upside, or a veteran who is ultimately best suited as a backup,” while Tier 5 was not represented by any currently projected 2018 starter.Taylor’s average score between the 50 voters was a 3.2. And though he ranked 26th in the 2017 iteration of the poll, Sando noted that Taylor had “seven additional Tier 3 votes and seven fewer Tier 4 votes compared to last year.” One coach Sando spoke to said that, “The receivers [Taylor] had in Buffalo were terrible,” implying his production could be far better with an improved group of skill players around him. Another offensive coach agreed.A knock against him, though, according to an offensive coordinator , was that “he thought Taylor was so focused on avoiding interceptions that it limited the plays he made, noting that there were ‘NFL throws that needed to be made’ when receivers were open, but Taylor did not make them.” However, according to one defensive coordinator polled, Taylor “wasa ‘nightmare’ because of the running and scrambling ability.”All in all, the ranking says nothing new about Taylor. He’s adept at protecting the football—he threw only 16 interceptions in his three years with the Buffalo Bills, giving him an interception rate of just 1.3 precent. He can run and throw, with 283 rushes to his name for 1,575 yards and 14 scores since 2015. And he didn’t have a lot of help, talent-wise, when it came to his passing targets. Taylor is who we thought he was; now, it’s time to see if he can take his game to the next level on a Browns offense that is in many ways an upgrade over what he worked with in Buffalo.

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