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Mailbag: Kenny Britt a roster lock, Cameron Erving not so much

Q: Will (receiver Kenny) Britt definitely make the roster? Has shown nothing so far.

— @LASteelers

A: Britt is a lock after signing a four-year, $32.5 million deal in March. In fact, coach Hue Jackson said Thursday he has a starting spot secured. But your point is well-taken. Britt has been a disappointment in limited preseason action. He let down Brock Osweiler in the red zone against the Saints, then dropped what would’ve been a first down from DeShone Kizer on Saturday against the Buccaneers. For $8 million a year, he needs to catch the ball and use his physical nature to his advantage.

 

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Q: Does Cam Erving make this team?

— @Wildcard316

A: I don’t think so. Erving was on the bubble before missing the last two preseason games with a calf injury and just hasn’t shown enough to earn a roster spot. I expect head of football operations Sashi Brown to try to trade him for a mid- or low-round draft pick — he was able to get a sixth-round pick from the Steelers last year for cornerback Justin Gilbert, another first-round bust — but waive him if he comes up empty. The Browns could keep Erving as one of the backup offensive linemen because he has experience at all five positions, but the perceived versatility doesn’t make up for a lack of ability.

 

Q: What is the strategic advantage to waiving-as-injured S Justin Currie rather than simply placing him on IR? Currie reverts to IR if not claimed.

— Mark Leonard

A: Placing a player on injured reserve guarantees his salary for the season. After waiving a player with an injury designation, the usual outcome is a settlement that saves the team money. A spot on IR is reserved for players the team doesn’t want to lose or have guaranteed money.

 

Q: Who will be the breakout star this season?

— Barb Ritsko-Stephens

A: The list of candidates is relatively long and includes receiver Corey Coleman, rookie defensive end Myles Garrett, rookie safety Jabrill Peppers and middle linebacker Joe Schobert. But I feel most comfortable betting on running back Isaiah Crowell. He’s poised for a big year and I would be surprised if he doesn’t rush for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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