NFL Nation: Brandon Bogotay

Most significant move. One of the major storylines this summer was the kicking battle between Shayne Graham and Brandon Bogotay. Who won? Nobody. The Cleveland Browns will continue their search for a kicker after cutting both on their roster, which makes not re-signing Pro Bowl kicker Phil Dawson even more questionable. Graham was 3-of-3 on field goals this preseason, even making a 50-yarder, but sat out the preseason finale with a stiff back. The Browns could take a look at Dan Carpenter or Billy Cundiff. "We gauged the preseason games and weren’t completely satisfied," coach Rob Chudzinski said after the cuts were announced.

The Browns only have four wide receivers because Josh Gordon is suspended for the first two games. Cleveland chose Josh Cooper, a former teammate of Brandon Weeden at Oklahoma State, over David Nelson. It wasn't a surprising decision because Nelson was rarely on the field. He was coming back from an ACL injury suffered last season. The Browns also kept all three quarterbacks: Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer.

Going the undrafted route. Nearly 10 percent of the Browns' roster right now is made up of undrafted rookies. Five survived the final cutdown: safety Josh Aubrey; offensive linemen Caylin Hauptmann and Martin Wallace; and linebackers Paul Hazel and Eric Martin. Aubrey beat out sixth-round pick Jamoris Slaughter, who was cut, for one of the final spots on the roster. One reason why the Browns kept so many undrafted rookies is because they only had five draft picks this year. Slaughter was the only draft pick to get waived. Hauptmann and Wallace are two of 12 offensive linemen to make the team. The Browns have 25 players who have two years of experience or less.

What's next. The top priority, of course, is signing a kicker. The Browns are light at cornerback with only four (Joe Haden, Buster Skrine, Chris Owens and Leon McFadden). That could be one area of focus when looking at the waiver wire. The Browns also may want to upgrade at backup running back. They lost Dion Lewis and Montario Hardesty to injuries this month, which leaves Brandon Jackson as the No. 2 running back.

Here are the moves the Browns made to get down to the league limit of 53 players:

Contract terminated: K Shayne Graham.

Waived: TE Dan Gronkowski, OL Aaron Adams, DB Akeem Auguste, K Brandon Bogotay, LB Justin Cole, RB Jamaine Cook, DL Hall Davis, WR Tori Gurley, LB James-Michael Johnson, WR David Nelson, WR Naaman Roosevelt, DL Brian Sanford, DB Jamoris Slaughter, LB Justin Staples, OL Braxston Cave, WR Mike Edwards, DB Abdul Kanneh, RB Miguel Maysonet, DB Kent Richardson and P/K Colton Schmidt.

Observation deck: Browns-Lions

August, 15, 2013

In the Cleveland Browns' 24-6 preseason win over the Detroit Lions, Brandon Weeden added more separation in a quarterback battle that coach Rob Chudzinski recently described as "close."

Weeden made another strong case to be the Browns' starting quarterback by completing 8 of 12 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns. He found tight end Jordan Cameron twice in the back of the end zone and hit wide receiver Josh Gordon for three completions of 15 yards or more.

In two preseason games, Weeden has led the Browns to scores on five (three touchdowns and two field goals) of six drives. Against the Lions, he impressed by putting the ball where only his receivers could get to it. Weeden lofted a pass over Lions defenders to connect with a leaping Cameron for the first touchdown and then laid in a perfect, 23-yard pass over Gordon's shoulder.

The Browns improved to 2-0 this preseason.

Here are some other thoughts on the Browns:
  • The feel-good preseason for the Browns has been tempered by injuries, which has hurt Cleveland's depth at right guard and running back. Jason Pinkston, who was replacing Shawn Lauvao (ankle surgery), left with an ankle injury. Left guard John Greco rolled up on Pinkston's right leg when he was pushed back by the Lions' Nick Fairley, who gave Cleveland problems all night (he even beat left tackle Joe Thomas). With the Browns already without running back Montario Hardesty (knee), backup Dion Lewis was carted to the locker room after hurting his ankle. First-round pick Barkevious Mingo also injured his ribs.
  • Running back Trent Richardson was impressive in his preseason debut. He showed good patience and burst in addition to breaking one tackle with a spin move. Richardson finished with 33 yards on six carries (5.5-yard average). His longest run was 17 yards.
  • The Browns' first-team defense flustered Matthew Stafford and the Lions' offense, which was playing without wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Detroit punted on its first four drives (three three-and-outs) and totaled 41 yards. Defensive tackle Phil Taylor knocked down a Stafford pass and outside linebacker Paul Kruger dropped an interception.
  • It looked as though Travis Benjamin had returned a punt for a touchdown for a second straight week. But Benjamin's 84-yard runback was wiped out by Joe Haden's holding penalty, which didn't affect the long return. Benjamin, who is replacing Josh Cribbs, had a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown in the preseason opener.
  • Brandon Bogotay was expected to handle all of the kicking duties but the rookie hurt his groin. He made a 43-yard field goal and had two touchbacks in the first half. Bogotay is competing against veteran Shayne Graham. The Browns also could show interest in Dan Carpenter, who was cut by the Miami Dolphins this week.