After the Browns announced their moves on Saturday to the mandated NFL limit of 53, they were not kidding when they said they were not done.
“Again, our roster is fluid right now,” Head Coach Rob Chudzinski said in a release. “We still need to address our kicker position, so we’re not done. We’re a young and hungry team with some solid veteran leaders. I like the foundation we have in place as we enter the season. I’m excited to see what we can do.”
The team added two running backs, Bobby Rainey and Dennis Johnson, which are believed to bolster their depth with the season-ending injuries to Montario Hardesty (knee surgery) and Dion Lews (fractured fibula). Brandon Jackson was released to make room for Rainey and Johnson.
Rainey led the Ravens in rushing in the preseason with 89 yards on 23 carries. He also returned kickoffs and punts. He averaged 31.9 yards on kickoff seven returns and 18.7 on seven punt returns. Johnson led the Texans in rushing in the preseason with 123 yards, including a touchdown on 33 carries
“I like the depth we’ve been able to add at running back,” Chudzinski said. “Both Johnson and Rainey have been productive runners. They also give us some options as a kickoff returner. We’ll look at that in the next few days.”
The Browns also added two tight ends, Keavon Milton and MarQueis Gray, and released Kellen Davis. The also added an offensive lineman in Patrick Lewis and a linebacker, Brandon McGee, while releasing linebacker L.J. Fort. Gray played quarterback and receiver in college.
“Gray has experience as a quarterback and wide receiver,” Chudzinski said, “so he’s a heck of an athlete. Milton gives us a guy with good blocking ability and hands.”
Lewis gives the team another offensive lineman with versatility.
“Lewis can play both guard and center, so I like the versatility there on the interior of our offensive line,” Chudzinski said.
Magee will compete for a linebacking position.
"Magee is just a tough, old-school linebacker with good instincts,” Chudzinski said. “I believe he can help us.”
In addition to releasing Davis, Jackson and Fort, the Browns released offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann, Jarrod Shaw and fullback Brad Smelley..
Thus far, the Browns claimed six players from waivers and added them to their roster. All were undrafted free agent rookies. However, one of the moves so far was not signing a kicker.
Here is a summary of the players added:
-Center Patrick Lewis (6-1, 311) from Texas A & M, released by the Packers.
-Linebacker Brandon McGee (5-11, 225) from Arizona State, released by the Cowboys.
-Tight end MarQueis Gray (6-4, 250) from Minnesota, released by the 49ers.
-Tight end Keavon Milton (6-4 293) from Louisiana-Monroe, released by the Saints
-Running back Bobby Rainey (5-8, 212) from Western Kentucky , released by the Ravens.
-Running back Dennis Johnson (5-7, 193) from Arkansas, released by the Texans.
Several Browns who were released have hooked on with other teams, including linebacker James-Michael Johnson was claimed by the Chiefs and defensive lineman Brian Sanford by the Raiders. Offensive lineman Braxston Cave was picked up by the Patriots.