The 53 man roster cuts have come and gone. All the worries of the big-name cuts went unfounded, and the surprises were minimal. With very little solid talent unloaded, Cleveland had a great weekend, picking up a couple of late-round draft players in the free agent pool.
New to the roster are four new pickups:
RB Cedric Peerman (Baltimore)
A 2009 sixth-round pick out of Virginia, Peerman was selected by the Baltimore Ravens. On the Cleveland Browns, he will be the fourth back on the depth chart, contributing mainly on special teams.
As a kick returner in college, he posted a 26.5 yard average on 40 attempts. With the addition of Peerman, expect Cribbs to focus more on receiving as the number two option, leaving return duties to Gerard Lawson and Cedric Peerman.
OL Phil Trautwein (St. Louis)
A promising 6'6, 310 pound lineman out of Florida. Trautwein was an All-SEC first team tackle and was projected to be a second-day pick. Likely because of injury concerns, he went undrafted and was picked up by the Rams.
Phil falls into Mangini's philosophy of smart football players, appearing on the SEC Academic Honor Roll. If he can stay healthy, he could challenge John St. Clair for playing time next season.
DB Marquis Floyd (Seattle)
Thin at the nickelback slot, Floyd is mainly a depth pickup. A graduate of West Georgia, he led the team in interceptions but went undrafted. After spending the last 4 seasons in the AFL as a receiver and cornerback, Floyd has developed a nose for the ball and great hands.
After releasing Corey Ivy at the cut deadline, the Browns will likely use him as next on the depth chart after Hank Poteat.
DB DeAngelo Smith (Dallas)
Even after releasing late-round cornerback Don Carey earlier in the preseason, the Browns still end up with a second late-round back to develop with Coye Francies.
A former Cincinatti Bearcat, Smith was part of one of the best tandems in the country, alongside Mike Mickens. Aggressive and hard-working, DeAngelo has played some safety and returned kicks. With Cleveland he will likely see some work on special teams this year.