The Cleveland Browns, and the rest of the NFL, need to get down to 53 players by September 5th at 4 PM EST. The Browns have started to whittle down the roster with a few moves. Also, with camp coming to a close, the local media have given an award to Harrison Bryant.
Harrison Bryant given Maurice Bassett Award
Rookie fourth-round tight end Harrison Bryant has taken home the Maurice Bassett award for being the best player in camp. The local media vote on the award. Bryant stood out all camp making catch after catch after…well you get it. Anyone who watched camp could see he is special as a receiver at the position.
Some media have even stated that he has outplayed veteran David Njoku and should be the second tight end on the depth chart. The Browns were very high on Bryant, and he has proven them right so far, at least receiving wise anyway.
Could Bryant’s play push the Njoku trade talks back into the picture?
Browns waive three over last few days
During this final week, before the roster must be at 53, expect multiple adds/drops by the Browns. NFL teams love to see if other teams missed something or if a player might look better in their system.
The perfect example of this is picking up Damion Willis off waivers on Wednesday. He was then stuck in COVID protocol till Saturday and was sent packing when he failed his physical.
Willis, who is 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds, joined the Bengals in 2019 as an undrafted free agent out of Troy. He played 10 games for Cincinnati, making two starts, and finished his rookie season with nine receptions for 82 yards.
The Browns also waived recently signed Casey Dunn from reserve/injured and wideout D.J. Montgomery.
The 6-foot-3 and 292-pound Dunn spent time in 2019 on the Saints practice squad and appeared in two games as a special teams player with Washington in 2018, where he also worked with current Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan.
Dunn was picked up to provide depth behind rookie Nick Harris at center but ended up with an undisclosed injury that eventually ended in an injury settlement and Dunn moving on.
DJ Montgomery was waived to make room for Willis and has already been claimed by the New York Jets.
Montgomery signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He was one of the more impressive wide receivers during reps for the second and third teams in training camp last season. Montgomery carried his strong play into the preseason catching a touchdown and recording 124 receiving yards in the first two games. He may have made the roster last season but ended up on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.
More to come as we get closer to NFL games.
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