The Browns were the top team in the waiver order heading into the most active waiver claims in recent NFL history.
With teams cutting down from 90 to 53 players, an unprecedented 1,184 players hit the market for all 32 teams.
The Browns had their pick of whoever they would chose to bring in and they picked up five new players to add to their 53 man roster.
The Browns also released five players
- WR Rashard Higgins
- DL Tyrone Holmes
- DB Darius Hillary
- DB Kai Nacua
- DB Marcus Burley
Here’s a little info on the newest members of the Cleveland Browns:
Kasen Williams, WR
Williams was one of the most sought after receivers in the final cutdowns with his big time playmaking ability which he put on display for Seattle in the preseason.
He had 9 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown and was a deep threat for Trevone Boykin and the reserve offense.
Williams should come in and compete with Ricardo Louis for reps at the position and may even sneak in some time with the starting unit due to the lack of playmaking ability in the wide receiver group.
Josh Woodrum, QB
It was interesting to see the Browns pick up another young, unproven quarterback to their roster when they already possessed three in DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan.
Woodrum completed 64% of his passes for over 10,000 yards and 61 touchdowns during his college career at Liberty.
He spent his training camp and preseason in Baltimore and won over their fans with his.
He went 25 of 34 (69%) for 321 yards and two touchdowns in preseason action and Ravens fans were shocked to see Woodrum get cut because many thought he’d be the backup to Joe Flacco over Ryan Mallett.
Woodrum also has the ability to make plays with his legs like he displayed in the preseason.
Reggie Davis, WR
Davis caught 49 passes in four years at the University of Georgia. Signed by Atlanta as an undrafted rookie, he caught 8 passes for 126 yards in the preseason.
Hue Jackson loves receivers with speed and Davis has some serious speed as he’s been clocked with a 4.31 forty yard time.
I’m sure they’ll give him an opportunity at wide receiver as well as on special teams as a returner.
Michael Jordan, DB
No they didn’t sign the second greatest basketball player of all time.
Michael Jordan spent last season whether it was the practice squad or active roster with the Los Angeles Rams. He recorded 20 tackles (15 solo) in five games (two starts) last season.
In the preseason, he recorded just two tackles.
Obviously this smells like defensive coordinator Gregg Williams vouched for this guy and the Browns are giving him an opportunity.
Ty McGill, DT
McGill started out as an undrafted rookie with the Seattle Seahawks. The Indianapolis Colts picked him off waivers in 2015 and he had been with the team the past two seasons.
Last season he had 8 tackles and two sacks in 13 games. He has 17 tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble in 25 career games.
The team signed four players to their practice squad
- TE J.P. Holtz
- LB Deon King
- RB Terrence Magee
- DB Najee Murray