Cleveland Browns make their moves, reduce roster to 53

FirstEnergy Stadium before Browns vs. Falcons on Aug. 18, 2016 (Photo: John Telich/FOX 8 News)

FirstEnergy Stadium before Browns vs. Falcons on Aug. 18, 2016 (Photo: John Telich/FOX 8 News)

CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Cleveland Browns made 20 moves on Saturday to meet the NFL deadline, reducing the team’s roster from 75 to 53.

The following moves were made:

  • The team terminated the contract of veteran WR Marlon Moore.
  • There were 18 players waived: DL Kenton Adeyemi, DL Chigbo Anunoby, DB Pierre Desir, RB Jahwan Edwards, DB Mikell Everette, OL Dan France, WR Taylor Gabriel, DB Charles Gaines, OL Garth Gerhart, TE Connor Hamlett, TE J.P. Holtz, WR Darius Jennings, OL Kaleb Johnson, OL Mike Matthews, LB Jason Neill, DB Eric Patterson, P Kasey Redfern, LB Justin Tuggle
  •  Defensive back Justin Gilbert was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick.
  • WR Josh Gordon and DL Armonty Bryant, both of whom are suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, do not count toward the 53-man roster as of 4 p.m. Saturday.

Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown had this to say about the moves. “We’ve had a lot of guys come in and buy in and work their tails off to try to make the roster and we’re excited about the 53 guys we’ve chosen to be Cleveland Browns. We still have some work to do and we’ll see what happens on the claim wire; there are opportunities to improve. But really excited about the 53 guys that we’ll enter the season with.”

The Browns said all 14 members of Cleveland’s 2016 draft class are currently a part of the 53-man roster. They join two undrafted rookie free agents and a number of first-and second-year players on a team that is heavy on promising, young players.

“We knew heading into this that we could be young. I think Sashi and his staff have done a great job of positioning us for several years in the future but I think he’s also positioned us for our football team right now to have an opportunity for some young guys to make an impact. Obviously, I think it started during the offseason through the draft, through training camp and up to this point,” said Browns coach Hue Jackson.

The Browns’ 53-man roster breaks down as follows:

Offense (25)

Quarterbacks (3): Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler; running backs (4): Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson Jr., Raheem Mostert, Terrell Watson; fullback (1): Malcolm Johnson; wide receivers (6): Terrelle Pryor, Andrew Hawkins, Corey Coleman, Ricardo Louis, Jordan Payton, Rashard Higgins; tight ends (3): Gary Barnidge, Randall Telfer, Seth DeValve; offensive line (8): Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, Cameron Erving, John Greco, Austin Pasztor, Shon Coleman, Spencer Drango, Alvin Bailey

Defense (25)

Defensive linemen (6): Danny Shelton, John Hughes III, Stephen Paea, Carl Nassib, Xavier Cooper, Jamie Meder; linebackers (9): Christian Kirksey, Demario Davis, Tank Carder, Dominique Alexander, Scooby Wright III, Emmanuel Ogbah, Nate Orchard, Cam Johnson, Joe Schobert; defensive backs (10): Joe Haden, Jamar Taylor, Tramon Williams, Trey Caldwell, Tracy Howard, Ibraheim Campbell, Rahim Moore Sr., Jordan Poyer, Derrick Kindred, Don Jones

Specialists (3)

Kicker (1): Patrick Murray; punter (1): Michael Palardy; long snapper (1): Charley Hughlett

The Browns lost all of their preseason games. The regular season starts when they play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sept. 11.

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