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Browns claim 5 players; cut draft choice

The Browns anticipated they would be active in claiming players released by other teams and they kept their word.

BEREA, Ohio--Hue Jackson said the Browns would be active after roster cuts were made on Saturday--and they were.

“I think (we) will be because if we see an opportunity to better our football team, we will as we have done," Hue Jackson said Friday. "We have tried to do anything and everything we can to strengthen our team and get a little bit better here and there. We will continue to do so.”

The Browns claimed running back George Atkinson, defensive back Brian Boddy-Calhoun, defensive back Marcus Burley, defensive end Tyrone Holmes and linebacker Corey Lemonier. To make room on the roster, the team waived DB Trey Caldwell, LB Cam Johnson, RB Raheem Mostert and RB Terrell Watson and terminated the contract of DB Rahim Moore Sr.

Caldwell was the only draft pick that has been released by the Browns thus far, but if he isn't claimed in waivers, will likely be added to the practice squad.

Here are capsules of the players signed.

--Lemonier (6-3, 255) is officially in his fourth NFL season out of Auburn. Originally drafted by San Francisco in the third round in 2013, Lemonier has appeared in 42 career games. He has totaled 29 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and 14 special-teams tackles.

--Atkinson (6-1, 220) is officially in his first NFL season out of Notre Dame. Originally signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2014, Atkinson appeared in five games his rookie season. Last year, he spent nine weeks on the Raiders’ practice squad. This preseason, he led Oakland with 191 rushing yards on 19 attempts (10.1 average) and three scores, while adding six receptions for 60 yards. His father, George Atkinson, Jr., played 10 seasons (1968-77) for the Raiders. 

--Holmes (6-4, 253) is a rookie out of Montana. Originally drafted by Jacksonville in the sixth round, Holmes finished second in school history with 34.5 career sacks, including 18.0 last season. He recorded one sack this preseason. 

--Burley (5-10, 190) is officially in his third NFL season out of Delaware. Originally signed by Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2013, he has appeared in 26 career games with the Seahawks. He has totaled 49 tackles, seven passes defensed, two interceptions and two sacks. 

--Boddy-Calhoun (5-9, 193) rookie out of Minnesota. Originally signed by Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent, he appeared in 39 games at Minnesota and totaled nine interceptions.  

 The Browns have begun formulating their practice squad, which can have up to 10 players. They announced they have signed four of the players they earlier had released: TE Connor Hamlett, WR Darius Jennings, OL Dan France and OL Kaleb Johnson. Adam Kaplan reported the Browns have added former Chiefs QB Kevin Hogan to their practice squad, as well.

In other news, former Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel was claimed  by the Falcons and defensive back Pierre Desir was claimed by the Chargers.

Keep checking back as news of Browns forthcoming signings and releases will be updated throughout the day.

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