Cleveland Browns Final 53 Projection – HFS CLE

HFS Cleveland Final 53

By Adam Bennett, @HFSCleveland

As the Browns’ brass struggles to get the roster to 53, here’s my two cents on who earned a spot and who should be cut after the 2015 preseason:

Johnny Manziel has toned it down this preseason (Andrew Weber – USA TODAY Sports)

Johnny Manziel has toned it down this preseason (Andrew Weber – USA TODAY Sports)


Josh McCown

Johnny Manziel

Thad Lewis

CUT: Pat Devlin

Analysis: Lewis makes the team because of Manziel’s shaky elbow. If Manziel were 100% healthy, I think Pettine and Co. would stick with two. But Lewis is an experienced backup who needs to stick around for when McCown or Manziel will inevitably get hurt at some point.


Isaiah Crowell

Terrence West

Duke Johnson

CUT: Timothy Flanders, Shaun Draughn

Analysis: This group has the potential to be one of the most exciting parts of the 2015 season… or the most disappointing. So, you know, that will be fun. Buckle up.


Malcolm Johnson

Analysis: There’s not much to say here. Moving on…..


Brian Hartline

Dwayne Bowe

Andrew Hawkins

Taylor Gabriel

Travis Benjamin

Terrelle Pryor

Marlon Moore

CUT: Darius Jennings, Josh Lenz, Vince Mayle

Analysis: Lenz had the best preseason outside of the top four receivers. But he loses out due to the size and athleticism of Pryor. Moore makes the team due to special teams. There is NO WAY Vince Mayle should get a spot just because he was picked fourth. That would be an awful message to send. He goes to the practice squad, hopefully with Lenz.


Gary Barnidge

Jim Dray

EJ Bibbs

CUT: Rob Housler

Analysis: Housler had every leg up imaginable on the job and he was just flat-out outplayed by Bibbs. So he’s cut.



Joe Thomas

Andrew McDonald


Joel Bitonio

Cameron Erving


Alex Mack

Cameron Erving


John Greco

Cameron Erving


Mitchell Schwartz

Andrew McDonald

Analysis: This was the hardest to project. Painter could make the team but my goodness he was terrible in the preseason. Like really, really bad. It’s a tough thing to ask Erving to be THAT versatile as a backup, but if someone gets hurt they’ll inevitably sign someone else’s practice squad player to add “depth.”

CUT: Karim Barton, Erle Ladson, Darrian Miller, Eric Olson, Vinston Painter



Randy Starks

John Hughes

Billy Winn


Desmond Bryant

Armonty Bryant

Xavier Cooper


Danny Shelton

Jamie Meder

CUT: Dylan Wynn, Jacobbi McDaniel

Analysis: Meder is versatile and earned a spot, Cooper had a great preseason, the Bryant brothers are solid, and Billy Winn fought his ass off to earn the final spot in this group of linemen.



Paul Kruger

Nate Orchard


Karlos Dansby

Hayes Pullard


Christian Kirksey

Craig Robertson


Barkevious Mingo

Scott Solomon

CUT: Mike Reilly, Tank Carder

Analysis: Carder loses out because of the exceptional play of Pullard (while in reality they’ll probably keep Carder and send Pullard to the practice squad). Orchard was shaky in the preseason. Solomon is a solid backup to Mingo and will play a bunch of snaps anyway.

Justin Gilbert is not going anywhere. Last years first of two first round picks will be on the final 53. (Photo: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

Justin Gilbert is not going anywhere. Last year’s first of two first round picks will be on the final 53. (Photo: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)



Joe Haden

Pierre Desir


Tramon Williams

Justin Gilbert


K’Waun Williams

Charles Gaines

Johnson Bademosi


Tashaun Gipson

Johnson Bademosi


Donte Whitner

Ibrahim Campbell

CUT: Landon Feichter, Kendall James, Robert Nelson, Joe Rankin, De’Ante Saunders, Jordan Poyer

Analysis: Justin Gilbert isn’t getting cut. Let’s just put that to bed right now. Gaines earned a spot with his performance down the stretch. He clearly showed marked improvement on a weekly basis. Bademosi is an exceptional special teams player, and he’ll probably have a spot as long as Pettine is our coach. So Poyer is the odd man out.


P: Andy Lee

K: Travis Coons

LS: Charley Hughlett

 Analysis: Andy Lee is the early  leader in the clubhouse for 2015 Team MVP. Go Browns.



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