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Because last night was the last opportunity for the Browns to audition players on the cusp of making or not making the roster last night, we saw a lot of relatively unknown players going for broke and either coming up big or wiping out big.
Obviously, the majority of those players we saw last night who are low on the depth chart will not make the grade when the Browns make their final roster cuts on Saturday, but there were a few who made an excellent case for themselves in what we might call the final day of tryouts for the 2011 roster.
Among those who did was RB Armond Smith, for whom opportunity knocked when Brandon Jackson suffered a turf toe injury. And Smith has answered, playing well throughout the preseason and capping off his efforts with a solid performance that included a six-yard rushing TD last night.
Other roster bubble players who did well were DE Auston English, who did an excellent job of harassing the Bears' QBs and looks like a lock to make the team, and RB Quinn Porter, who put together a few solid rushes and had a nice 30-yard punt return that could help him secure a roster spot through his usefulness on special teams.
DT Scott Paxson also made a good case for himself by logging two sacks, and coming to you from the "out of nowhere" department, WR Rod Windsor, who may have shown too little too late, but made himself tough to cut by snagging a 38-yard touchdown pass and hauling in three catches—all three times he was targeted for 55 total yards.
CB James Dockery, possibly the most-discussed roster cusp guy for the Browns this preseason, had kind of a rough game, but despite (refreshingly humbly) stating before the game that he "didn't think he had a roster spot sewn up," he should have no problem making it through Saturday's final round of cuts.