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TSJ101’s Cleveland Browns 53-Man Roster Predictions

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With preseason Week 1 in the books, and Week 2 ramping up, I thought now would be a good time to dust off the swamee hat, and take a stab at predicting the 53 man roster for the 2016 Cleveland Browns.


  1.  Robert Griffin III
  2. Josh McCown
  3. Austin Davis

Hue Jackson has already anointed RGIII his starter.  I don’t believe that McCown can do much, barring an injury to Griffin, to earn back his starting role before the start of the season.

The Browns do have two other quarterbacks currently on their roster; Austin Davis and Cody Kessler.  Davis is currently in the concussion protocol, following an injury in week 1’s loss to the Packers, and Kessler could probably benefit from a  year on the practice squad.  That being said, I believe that Davis will beat out Kessler for the QB3 spot.


  1.  Isaiah Crowell
  2. Duke Johnson Jr.
  3. Raheem Mostert
  4. Rajion Neal

Crowell and Johnson are pretty much locks to retain their positions heading into the season.  Crowell came into camp in much better shape than he has in the past and Johnson was a nice surprise last year.  Given time and opportunity, this duo could be the best 1-2 punch the Browns have seen since the days of Byner and Mack.

Mostert will most likely land the third running back spot, being kept mainly for his skill returning kicks.  He did make a few mistakes in his Browns debut, but recovered quickly and showed the type of return skills Cleveland hasn’t seen since Josh Cribbs.


  1.  Malcolm Johnson


  1.  Corey Coleman
  2. Taylor Gabriel
  3. Andrew Hawkins
  4. Marlon Moore
  5. Terrelle Pryor
  6. Darius Jennings
  7. Rashard Higgins
  8. Josh Gordon*

The wide receiver room in Berea is jam packed right now.  A few old faces to mix in with the new ones.  Corey Coleman was the teams first pick this year, so I can’t imagine a scenario, not involving injury, in which he doesn’t make the team.

Darius Jennings is the current leader to take the spot vacated by the injury to Rannell Hall.  I would fully expect the team to waive Jennings Week 5, when Josh Gordon is, tentatively, scheduled to return from his latest suspension.  There is a chance the keep a seventh receiver, but that chance is slim.


  1.  Joe Thomas
  2. Joel Bitonio
  3. Cameron Erving
  4. John Greco
  5. Shon Coleman
  6. Austin Pasztor
  7. Mike Matthews
  8. Cory Tucker

The offensive line is a huge question mark going into 2016.  Aside from Joe Thomas, who is probably the best tackle in the NFL, there are a lot of open spots across the line.  Bitonio and Greco are proven vets, after that, things get dicey.

Cameron Erving is not the long term answer at center.  Rookie Mike Matthews is hot on his heels, and will more than likely be kept around for use in emergencies, or when Erving finally proves he is not ready to be an NFL center.


  1.  Gary Barnidge
  2. EJ Bibbs
  3. Randall Telfer

Gary Barnidge had a magnificent year in 2015.  If he can remain healthy, he may be on the fast track to a Pro Bowl in 2016.


  1.  Danny Shelton
  2. John Hughes III
  3. Carl Nassib
  4. Desmond Bryant
  5. Jamie Meder
  6. Nick Hayden
  7. Xavier Cooper
  8. Kenton Adeyemi

Carl Nassib and Jamie Meder are absolutely playing their ways onto this team.  As a fan, watching the two of them against Green Bay was just awesome.

Shelton has to improve on his 2015 performance, or he may have to be chalked up as a bust.


  1.  Armonty Bryant
  2. Christian Kirksey
  3. Paul Kruger
  4. Barkevious Mingo
  5. Nate Orchard
  6. Tank Carder
  7. Joe Schobert
  8. Emmanuel Ogbah

The linebacker core will remain fairly unchanged, with the departure of Karlos Dansby being the only real glaring change.  I would expect the Browns to keep rookie Scoobie Wright close, and add him to the practice team.


  1. Ibraheim Campbell
  2. Pierre Desir
  3. Justin Gilbert
  4. Joe Haden
  5. Tramon Williams
  6. Jordan Poyer
  7. K’Waun Williams
  8. Rahim Moore Sr.

This may be Justin Gilbert’s last chance to prove he can be a reliable player in the NFL.  Also, hopes are high that Joe Haden can return to his once dominant form, following an injury plagued, down year in 2015


  1.  Charley Hughlett


  1. Travis Coons


  1. Andy Lee

Well, there it is.  An early look into what he Cleveland Browns 2016 53 (plus one) man roster will look like.  With cut days in the near future, check back often to see how this list stacks up to what the final roster actually looks like.