The Browns announced their 53-man roster over the weekend. No real surprises. It was a no-brainer to cut Ken Dorsey. If they like him as a mentor, they can make him an assistant coach. Syndric Steptoe will probably land on the practice squad. Babatunde Oshinowo is still a project, so we may not have seen the last of him. Justin Hamilton has some potential, but he can't stay healthy.
Only having five rookies (including first-round picks Joe Thomas and Brady Quinn) is a sign the team is finally getting some roster stability.
Cleveland kept 3 quarterbacks, 5 running backs (including two fullbacks, Lawrence Vickers and undrafted rookie Charles Ali from Arkansas-Pine Bluff), 5 wide receivers, 3 tight ends (all holdovers from last year), 9 offensive linemen plus Ryan Tucker, who is on the suspended list for the first four games, and LeCharles Bentley, who is on the physically-unabled-to-perform list for at least the first six weeks, 6 defensive linemen (including the Smiths, Robaire and Shaun both starters signed in free agency but not related), 9 LBs (including great free-agent find Antwan Peek and newcomer Kris Griffin), 10 DBs (including rookies Eric Wright [a starter] and Brandon McDonald, and MAC product Jereme Perry from Eastern Michigan, who saw action last year), and three specialists. Thatâ€™s 25 on offense, 25 on defense and three specialists.
Browns GM Phil Savage spoke to reporters Saturday after the team announced its 53-man roster. He said some pretty interesting stuff. One thing I really like about Phil is that he seems to be a straight shooter. He tells it like it is, and admits areas where the team is still deficient. Not so with past guys, spinners such as Carmen Policy and Butch Davis.
When talking about the upside of Frye, Savage said: â€œWhen you look at Charlie Frye, you have to look at the whole picture and dig a little bit deeper. He was in one offense as a junior and a different offense as a senior. Then, he sat here for a year under a different coordinator and then last year we changed coordinators and now this year. If Iâ€™m not mistaken, I think thatâ€™s five coordinators in five years. Thatâ€™s a lot of lingo, a lot of verbiage for somebody to comprehend and be the leader while doing it with a revolving door at the center position last year during training camp. Not to mention Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards coming off of injuries, so letâ€™s see what Charlie can do with a full deck. I think thereâ€™s still potential because Charlie has the mobility. Heâ€™s got enough arm strength and accuracy. Heâ€™s got enough moxy to make things happen, so letâ€™s see how things turn out.â€
You can check out the entire transcript of Savage's press conference, as well as some of my other observations, on my Browns Blawg on the Norwalk Reflector Web site. Visit www.norwalkreflector.com/blogs.