Instant Analysis: Roster Cuts

This weekend, the Browns and other NFL teams were forced to make decisions which they will have to live with for the remainder of the season. How did they do? Fred Greetham offers his assessment of the Browns moves on Saturday.

Offense

QB – Charlie Frye, Ken Dorsey and Derek Anderson

In looking at the three quarterbacks presently, I don't feel the Browns are in great shape. Phil Savage said they might go with the current trio, but I'd feel much more comfortable grabbing a veteran better than Ken Dorsey. I see Dorsey as nothing more than a third quarterback, so if Billy Volek is available, I'd bring him or another QB in.

RB – Reuben Droughns, Jerome Harrison and Jason Wright

I disagree with the moves made here. To just discard Lee Suggs is a mistake. Wright would be available if the Browns were to have cut him and could always be brought back.  Also, to put William Green on injured reserve is strange. He can't help them this year and they think he still has some ability to pay him another year's salary.

FB – Terrelle Smith and Lawrence Vickers

McIntyre's fate was sealed when Vickers was drafted.

WR – Braylon Edwards, Joe Jurevicius, Dennis Northcutt, Travis Wilson and Dennis Northcutt

Do not disagree with any of the moves made here. The way they kept Wilson off the field in the final two preseason games was strange, but Kendrick Mosley would be a nice practice squad addition.

TE – Kellen Winslow, Steve Heiden and Darnell Dinkins

The three man group was determined when Dinkins was signed as a free agent. Might be the strongest position on the roster.

OL – Lennie Friedman, Cosey Coleman, Joe Andruzzi, Ryan Tucker, Kevin Shaffer, Isaac Sowells, Nat Dorsey, Kirk Chambers and Hank Fraley.

I like the addition of Fraley, which makes the Ross Tucker cut understandable. There is little depth here, particularly at tackle. With Coleman and Andruzzi having fragile knees, the versatility of Friedman and Fraley is important. Rob Smith makes a good addition to the practice squad.

Defense

DL – Orpheus Roye, Alvin McKinley, Ted Washington, J'Vonne Parker, Simon Fraser, Ethan Kelley and Nick Eason.

Biggest surprise would be Parker. By cutting Oshinowo, the team's sixth-round draft choice this year, Savage and Crennel aren't afraid to show they made a mistake. They might try to put him on the practice squad and get more weight on him. The Browns don't have much depth on this line, just like the offensive line.

LB – Andra Davis, Chaun Thompson, Willie McGinest, Kamerion Wimbley, Matt Stewart, Mason Unck, D'Qwell Jackson, David McMillan and Leon Williams.

Biggest surprise to me was Unck was kept over Speegle, last year's draft pick. Everything else pretty much expected. Many young linebackers expected to contribute right away.

DB – Brodney Pool, Sean Jones, Brian Russell, Gary Baxter, Daylon McCutcheon, Leigh Bodden, Antonio Perkins, Justin Hamilton and Ralph Brown.

Perkins won out over Pete Hunter and a couple of other cornerbacks by default. Browns hope both Baxter and McCutcheon are ready to step in soon as the depth is next to nothing. Browns might look to waiver wire to add depth.


Specialists

Phil Dawson, Dave Zastudil and Ryan Pontbriand

No changes here.

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