- Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Examining the Cleveland Browns' roster:
Grossman secured the third spot with the way he played against Chicago.
RUNNING BACKS (3)
It's impossible to ignore the way Crowell ran against the Bears. He looked quick, strong and topped 100 yards. If the Browns released him, they'd never get him back on the practice squad. He earned a spot.
Gray is about as solidly on the bubble as any player on the team. His versatility should have helped him, but he did not play tremendously well in the preseason.
WIDE RECEIVERS (6)
Not exactly a well-stocked group. Gabriel earned a spot with solid play. Snead earns it based on potential, but don't be surprised if his spot goes to someone who was cut by another team. Snead seems more like a practice squad candidate.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
The Browns are well-fortified with the three tight ends they have.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9)
A group that seems very settled.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (7)
Another unit that seems pretty well stocked.
The Browns could keep eight here and not keep Snead or Gray, except nobody really jumped out as an active pass-rushing type. So go with these seven.
The Browns will scan the waiver wire here, and may be as active trying to strengthen this spot as they will be at receiver. Depth is needed. Badly.
It's a toss-up for the fourth safety spot between Poyer and Josh Aubrey. I like Aubrey, but he could be practice squad eligible. The coaches also seem to like Poyer.
No need to change anything here, as all were strong and dependable contributors.