The Cleveland Browns were active like the rest of the NFL on Friday as they began to trim the roster down to 53 before Saturday’s 4 PM deadline.
Along with trading Shon Coleman to the 49ers, the team cut 14 players. The roster now stands at 71 players with more roster moves obviously coming on Saturday.
They terminated the contract of wide receiver Jeff Janis who signed with the team in March but his lackluster training camp as both a receiver and on special teams didn’t warrant him a spot on the final roster.
The team waived the following players
- TE Stephen Baggett
- DB Christian Boutte
- DB Elijah Campbell
- OL Anthony Fabiano
- DL Jeremy Faulk
- OL Avery Gennesy
- OL Fred Lauina
- QB Brogan Roback
- DB Derron Smith
- DL Blaine Woodson
They also waived three players with a injury designation, if these players aren’t claimed by other teams, the Browns can still own their rights but would end up on the season-ending injured reserve.
- WR C.J. Board
- LB Justin Currie
- DL Lenny Jones
Among the notable roster moves was the release of quarterback Brogan Roback, the undrafted rookie out of Eastern Michigan and a native of Toledo, Ohio.
Roback was never really considered for the active roster but with being one of the players featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks, Roback became somewhat of a fan favorite.
Roback completed 50% of his passing attempts (9 of 18) for 152 yards and a touchdown during the preseason. He has great size and showed off his arm strength during Thursday night’s preseason finale against Detroit. He could potentially land on someone’s practice squad as a developmental project.
C.J. Board and Justin Currie were also some of the notable releases on Friday.
Board was part of a group that was being considered for the final spot in the wide receiver room. He had five catches on six targets for 54 yards during the preseason and also had nine punt returns for 62 yards.
With the events surround former Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks, Justin Currie was fighting for a roster spot with James Burgess and BJ Bello on Thursday night. Currie had a strong game with six tackles and a sack in the Browns 35-17 win but was forced out late with a knee injury.