- Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Examining the Cleveland Browns' roster:
I wonder if Warren Harding's election campaign in 1920 received one-tenth the coverage of Hoyer V. Manziel. Thigpen actually looked better in the game than he had in practice. Connor Shaw seems like a practice squad candidate.
Running backs (3)
Gray can do things.
Wide receivers (5)
Tight ends (3)
The Browns are well fortified with the three tight ends they have.
Offensive linemen (9)
Wallace has been impressive playing behind Thomas. The right guard competition between Gilkey and Greco seems to have turned solidly in Greco's favor.
Defensive linemen (7)
A deep group with a lot of talent. Coaches should be able to keep fresh linemen on the field and keep active linemen playing.
Mingo has played consistently well. Martin has flashed in some practices. Sheard is a linebacker who will also play with his hand down. A sixth receiver would mean the Browns keep just seven linebackers, but if it's eight the decision comes down to Staples or Zac Diles.
The most interesting competition remains between Skrine and Gilbert to see who starts opposite Haden. Gilbert has come on.
The Browns clearly were concerned about safety depth, so they signed 30-something Leonhard. That bumps Johnson Bademosi, an aggressive player who has made some mistakes. Poyer started in Gipson's absence and got a ton of reps. The coaches must like him.
No need to change anything here from last season, as all were strong and dependable contributors.
Examining the Cleveland Browns' roster:Quarterbacks (3) Brian Hoyer Johnny Manziel Tyler Thigpen I wonder if Warren Harding's election campaign in 1920 received one-tenth the coverage of Hoyer V.