Browns Claim Offensive Lineman; Waive Osika

The Browns this afternoon announced the signing of offensive lineman Dave Yovanovits and the release of G/C Craig Osika. Here is the team's press release.

The Cleveland Browns announced a pair of roster moves today, claiming OL Dave Yovanovits (6-3, 294, Temple) off waivers from the New York Jets and waiving OL Craig Osika.

Yovanovits, originally a seventh round (237th overall) draft choice of New York in 2003, spent the last two seasons (2003-04) with the Jets. In 2003, he was inactive for all 16 games and opened the 2004 campaign on the Jets' practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Oct. 13, 2004.  He played in four games, mostly on special teams, with the Jets last season. 

A complete bio of Yovanovits is below.

Offensive Line
Height: 6-3     
Weight: 294
College: Temple
Birthdate: March 6, 1981
How Acquired: W (N.Y.J.) – ‘05
Year with Browns: 1st
Year in NFL: 3rd   

Games Played/Started: 2003 (0/0); 2004 (4/0).

Career Totals: 4 games, 0 starts.

Career Transactions: Originally drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round, 237th overall, of the 2003 NFL Draft…Waived by New York on Sept. 6, 2004…Signed by the New York Jets to the practice squad on Sept. 7, 2004…Signed by the New York Jets to the active roster on Oct. 13, 2004…Waived by New York on Aug. 8, 2005…Claimed by Cleveland via waivers on Aug. 9, 2005.

Seasonal Reviews:

2004: Played in four games for the New York Jets, mostly on special teams…Started the season on the practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Oct. 13…Saw action in field goal protection vs. San Francisco on Oct. 17, and at New England on Oct. 24…Participated on both offense and field goal protection in Monday Night Football win over Miami on Nov. 1, and saw action on special teams at Buffalo on Nov. 7…Was inactive for weeks 9-16, as well as the Jets' 20-17 OT loss at San Diego in an AFC Wild Card playoff game.

2003:  Earned a roster spot with the New York Jets, however was inactive for all 16 regular season games.

College:  Played every snap in 40 of his 45 career games at Temple (1999-2002)…As a senior in 2002, participated in 854 plays and started every game at left tackle…Registered 81 knockdowns and helped the offense average 317.8 yards per game…Started nine contest as a junior in 2001 and posted 56 knockdowns as the offense averaged 285.3 yards per game…Started every game at left tackle as a sophomore in 2000…Played as a true freshman in 1999 and moved into the starting lineup at right tackle…Helped the team account for 15 TDs and 2,250 yards passing.

Personal: Is the son of Kenneth and Katherine Yovanovits…Resides in Stanhope, N.J. in the off-season…Majored in environmental engineering at Temple and was named to the Dean's List in the spring of 2001…Cited on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in the fall of 2001 and the spring of 2002….Was a three-year varsity letter winner on both the offensive and defensive lines at Hopatcong (N.J.) High School…Earned First-Team All-West Jersey, All-Area and All-League honors as a senior in 1998…Received Second-Team All-West Jersey, Third-Team All-Group II, All-Area and All-League accolades as a junior…Was active in the Jets community relations initiatives by visiting the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital and joining teammates at the Annual David Center Bowling gala.

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