Like all NFL teams, the Cleveland Browns are just a couple days away from needing to be at 53 players. It has been a tough camp with some big injuries to key players. It has also been like most camps, and just like most camps, the Browns have some players sitting squarely on the bubble. For these three Browns, a new home could be coming soon.
Ratley was drafted in the sixth round of the 2018 draft by former general manager John Dorsey. He has shown some flashes of potential over the past two seasons. Ratley has a big frame (6-2 200 pounds), a dimension of the receiving core the Browns could use. The one big problem with the young receiver? He can’t seem to stay on the field long enough to make a bigger impact.
This year’s training camp was no different for Ratley as he opened with a groin injury opening the door for other players to perform. One of those players took the opportunity and ran with it in KhaDarel Hodge. Hodge has been a solid contributor all camp, likely locking down the roster’s last wide receiver spot.
Without the former regime in place to protect him, this could be the year the Browns finally move on.
Chad Thomas might be one of the most disliked picks of John Dorsey‘s tenure in Cleveland. Dorsey took Thomas 67th overall in the third round of the same draft as Ratley. In his rookie season with the Browns, Thomas played a total of 22 snaps, prompting a lot of heat for taking him in the third round.
Last year Thomas ended up playing in 16 games and starting eight after Myles Garrett‘s suspension. He would finish the season with 26 tackles, four sacks, and six tackles for loss. Thomas needs to improve as he was rated 102nd out of 103 defensive linemen according to Pro Football Focus(subscription required). His poor performance against the run was the root cause for the low grade, but he had shown promise, and that quelled the masses for the moment.
Fast forward to this camp, and Thomas has dealt with a neck injury while also being outplayed by Porter Gustin. The addition of Adrian Clayborn and, as stated, Gustin’s play could push the former third-round pick out the door.
Ok, so cheating a bit on this one, but both these guys have been great in camp. The problem? Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant have been great also, the latter winning the award for best rookie in camp. While David Njoku has been the worst tight end in camp, the Browns have openly committed to him so much, it’s hard to see them cutting him. In the end, it will come down to Brown or Carlson.
Brown may have the advantage here because his blocking ability far exceeds most of the tight ends in camp. He has also displayed improved receiving skills and is a mammoth target at 6-6. That size could be an asset in the red zone for the Browns.
Carlson is clearly a better receiver than Brown but is not anywhere near the blocker. Being that this more closely resembles what the Browns already have, he may be the odd man out. He will likely be snapped up quickly if he is released.
Cleveland Browns Cut Four
The Browns did waive four more players today to bring them down to 75 players.
S J.T. Hassell
CB Donnie Lewis Jr.
WR J’Mon Moore
DT Ricky Walker
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