Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski told the media via zoom on Thursday that tonight’s practice at the stadium will be run like game day.
“The way we’re looking at tomorrow, it’s a dress rehearsal in the stadium,” Stefanski said. “I mean that literally in terms of they’re going to be in their uniforms, the coaches are going to be dressed in their game attire, we’re going put headsets on and the coaches will be up in the booth. It’s going to be a crisp, quick practice. It is not going to be a scrimmage. It’s not going to be something where we’re going to play the young guys for an hour to see what we have because the truth is, this whole camp has been an evaluation of those young guys. They get evaluated in their individual period, and they get evaluated in the classroom, so it’s way more of a dress rehearsal. The guys need to go through what pregame warmup looks like. Things like that are how we’re viewing tomorrow’s practice.”Coach Stefanski via cleveland.com
Based on the lack of moves today by the Browns, cuts may follow. Andrew Berry and his team seem to be using every moment they can before making a significant amount of cuts. The new front office calculates every move they make and never seems to panic.
Browns Sign Tackle Brady Aiello
Aiello, originally signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon, was waived on Aug. 15. The 6-foot-6, 307-pounder joins an offensive line group that includes tackles Kendall Lamm, Chris Hubbard, and Alex Taylor. They are all vying to be the backups for starters Jedrick Wills Jr. and Jack Conklin.
Aiello played in 47 games for the Ducks, but only started 22 of those games. While he has the frame, the limited number of starts in college will likely mean he will need time to develop. Could this be a ‘see if we want him on the practice squad move?’ Possibly.
During his time in Oregon, Aiello was the Pro Football Focus player of the week once as a junior. He also was a Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention during that same season. As a senior, he played in 13 games and started five. He made starts at multiple positions along the line with most (300) coming at right guard per goducks.com.
The Front Office
These kinds of moves will be the norm for this front office. They evaluate everyone they feel can help them regardless of position. Aiello must have caught someone’s eye or looks good analytically. Bring him in, run him through the drills, then make a decision. Certainly not the worst way to evaluate players.
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