The Cleveland Browns made several post-rookie camp roster moves on Tuesday, signing three players and releasing a like number of rookie free agents signed last week.
Catching the coaching staff's eyes over the weekend were OT Cliff Louis (Morgan State), RB Jerome Jackson (Michigan), and LB Kevin Sears (Auburn). All three still face long odds as they try to make an improved Browns 2007 roster.
Moss is the biggest surprise of the three released players, having turned down other rookie free agent offers to pursue the opportunity with the Browns. Moss was once considered the heir apparent to Frank Gore at Miami, only to suffer an ACL injury during an excellent junior season. Moss was suspended for part of his final year (2006) due to academic problems, and struggled to make an impact during the Hurricanes 2006 season.
In his place, the Browns are taking a longer look at Michigan's Jackson. The Wolverine is taller and leaner than Moss, coming in at 5'11" / 206 pounds although he was never was more than a part-time back while with Michigan. Jackson's most impressive stat is a 7.6 yards-per-carry average (213 yards on 28 attempts) during his senior campaign.
Kevin Sears in an inside linebacker who, like the released Moss, wasn't able to have the type of final season he envisioned. Sears was suspended during the early portion of the 2006 season for a team rules violation and later suffered a hamstring injury. Regardless, Sears returned to rack up five tackles and fumble recovery during Auburn's final regular-season game against Alabama.
OT Cliff Louis stood out in rookie camp simply because of his height, although linemen are challenged to really impress during drills with limited contact. The tackle is 6'8" and 300 pounds, and will need every all of his cubic volume to make the monumental jump to the NFL from Morgan State.
BARCLAY GETS NOTICE: The NFL also announced today that RB Chris Barclay was named NFL Europa Special Teams Player of the Week, primarily for his 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Cologne Centurions.
Barclay joins all-time Browns greats such at defensive linemen Corey Jackson and Felipe Claybrooks in getting prominent notices from the league across the Atlantic. Fans are advised to hold off making giant ceramic costumes of "Barclay Pots" at least until training camp.