The Cleveland Browns made 14 roster cuts on Aug. 25, trimming their current preseason roster to 76 players.
The Cleveland Browns made roster cuts on Aug. 25.
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According to The Northeast Ohio Media Group's Tom Reed, the Browns trimmed their current preseason roster to 76 players, with veteran wide receiver Anthony Armstrong and running back Edwin Baker being the most notable cuts:
"The Browns made their first wave of cuts Monday and veteran receiver Anthony Armstrong and running back Edwin Baker were among the 14 players released.
"The club terminated the contract of Armstrong, 31, bidding to return to the NFL after not playing a year ago. He had a decent spring and promising start to training camp, but showed little in three preseason games, catching three passes for 17 yards. It's a particularly tough blow to Armstrong's comeback chances given how poorly the receiving corps has looked in the exhibition games.
"Baker was the Browns' most effective halfback a year ago, rushing for 171 yards in three late-season games. But the organization upgraded the position in the offseason, signing Ben Tate and drafting Terrance West. Baker earned just three preseason carries for nine yards, all coming in the first game against (the) Detroit (Lions). Head coach Mike Pettine said Sunday that Dion Lewis has a good chance of becoming the team's No. 3 running back.
"The Browns have 76 players on their roster and must cut at least one more player by Tuesday at 4 p.m.
"Other cuts Monday included: Offensive linemen Randall Harris, Keavon Milton, Jeremiah Warren; defensive backs Royce Adams, T.J. Heath; wide receivers Jonathan Krause, Tim Smith; tight end Martell Webb; defensive linemen Cam Henderson and linebacker Keith Pough."
Several hours after the Browns made their initial roster cuts, they were awarded two offensive linemen -- Karim Barton and Donald Hawkins -- via waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, per Cleveland's official website:
"The Cleveland Browns on Monday were awarded OL Karim Barton and OL Donald Hawkins via waviers from Philadelphia. General manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.
"Barton is a 6-3, 313-pound rookie out of Morgan State. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia on May 10, Barton played as a reserve in all three of the Eagles' preseason games. After transferring from Canyons Junior College, Barton started nine of 11 games at right tackle for Morgan State. Originally from Jamaica, Barton graduated from Verdugo Hills High School in Los Angeles.
"Hawkins is 6-4, 310-pound rookie out of Texas. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia on May 10, Hawkins played as a reserve in all three of the Eagles' preseason games. After transferring from Northwest Community College, Hawkins started 24 of his 25 games at Texas. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Hawkins graduate from Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, Miss."
According to Reed's colleague at The Northeast Ohio Media Group, Mary Kay Cabot, new Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson is not guaranteed to crack the team's final roster on Saturday:
"Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson returned to practice Monday for the first time since straining a hamstring on Aug. 6, but coach Mike Pettine cautioned the 12th-year pro isn't a lock to make the final roster Saturday.
"'It does hurt your chances not being out there, but it's something where we'll consider his entire body of work,' said Pettine.
"Pettine first let on during a conference call on Saturday that the 33-year-old could be in trouble when asked about him and Miles Austin, who missed the entire offseason with a hamstring injury but has made through camp healthy.
"'It's a little more concerning with Nate just because he's missed so much time,' Pettine said. 'It's tough with guys you think are going to be out there and you're not getting quality reps with them, which as I've said a bunch of times, there's just no substitute for that work.'
"In addition to the hamstring, Burleson missed all of organized team activities and the mandatory minicamp after undergoing minor surgery to repair a plate in his surgically-repaired arm, the one he broke in two places last September while trying to save a pizza from falling off the passenger seat."
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