BEREA – The Browns didn't shake the world with their first roster cuts that were announced today. The biggest among them were wide receiver Brandon Rideau and tight end Paul Irons. Quarterback Lang Campbell, who played pretty well in the preseason opener against the Eagles was also among those hitting the waiver wire.
The remaining roster cuts were: running back Chris Barclay, punter Kyle Basler, defensive lineman Ja'Waren Blair, kicker Jeff Chandler, offensive lineman Atlas Herrion, linebacker Kenny Kern and defensive back James Thornton.
Defensive back DeMario Minter was played on the reserve Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list which means he is unable to play the first six weeks of the regular season.
After the moves, the Browns still have 77 players on the roster. They have to make one more move by Tues. Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. Defensive end Ulrich Winkler does not count on the 75-player roster, as he will be an NFL Europe practice squad player for the Browns during the 2006 season.
Rideau was signed to the Browns practice squad in 2005 after an impressive training camp after being an undrafted free agent signee from Kansas. He was signed to the active roster for the final nine games of the 2005 season, but was inactive in all nine games. Through three preseason games, Rideau had two receptions for 12 yards.
Irons played in two games for the Browns in 2005 with two receptions for 16 yards. Campbell was 8-of-14 for 77 yards, including one touchdown and one interception and a 66.7 QB rating.