The Cleveland Browns defeated the Chicago Bears 13-10 in their final preseason game played by mostly backups and players who won’t make the roster. Now it’s time for some very important decisions regarding the final 53 man roster.
With the deadline being this Saturday for final cuts, it is a very important time for some Browns players and the team as well. The team can’t afford to overlook the value of their special teams in these decisions.
Players like Blake Costanzo, Ray Ventrone, Jason Trusnik, Mike Adams and Kaluka Maiava have made the Browns’ special teams one of the best in the NFL. None of those players are starters on defense but invaluable just the same. Hopefully Cleveland won’t lose sight of this.
One player who might have been on the bubble, according to some experts, was running back James Davis. I have always been a supporter of Davis and now with Montario Hardesty going down with a knee injury, Davis is a lock. Hardesty will be out for the entire season.
Hardesty’s injury could also open the door for Chris Jennings to make the team. He still has an outside chance at best though.
Wide receiver Bobby Engram might make the team if the Browns decide to carry one less running back. Engram had a nice game against the Bears. I doubt that rookie receiver Carlton Mitchell will survive past Saturday. The best he can hope for will be the practice squad this year while he continues to develop.
Colt McCoy went 13 for 13 passing against the Bears and might have helped Brett Ratliff out the door. The Browns are not talented enough to afford the luxury of carrying four quarterbacks on the roster.
Cornerbacks Brandon Mcdonald, Coye Francies and Chris Chancellor all made strong cases against the Bears. Keeping all three would be a stretch but two of the three might be a possibility. McDonald probably has the best chance due to his experience.
On the defensive line Derreck Robinson has made the best of his opportunities. What to do with Shaun Rogers, who has yet to even practice, will factor into whether players like Brian Sanford and rookie Clifton Geathers have a chance to stick.
At the linebacker position, outside of Scott Fugita, Chris Gocong, Matt Roth and Marcus Benard, nothings guaranteed.