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Notes: Rookie QB Brogan Roback signed, international player assigned

The Browns added a fourth quarterback Monday, signing Brogan Roback, an undrafted rookie out of Eastern Michigan.

They were also assigned defensive back Tigie Sankoh from the NFL’s International Player Development program.

Roback (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) started 34 games and set Eastern Michigan records with 57 touchdown passes and 8,876 yards of total offense. He finished second with 745 completions and 8,653 passing yards. He’s a native of Maumee and went to St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo.

He falls in line behind Tyrod Taylor, Drew Stanton and No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield on the quarterback depth chart. Roback adds a fourth arm for the offseason program and training camp, if he sticks.


The development program, started last season, gives international athletes the opportunity to compete, improve their skills and possibly earn a roster spot.

Sankoh (5-11, 214) doesn’t count against the 90-man roster limit. The AFC North teams were given the roster exemption, which includes a spot on the practice squad during the season — the player would be ineligible to be activated to the 53-man roster.

Sankoh, a London native, played amateur football during his teenage years and attended the American Football Academy at Filton College in Bristol, England. He played for the London Warriors in the British American Football League.


Mayfield and running back Nick Chubb, the No. 35 pick, will head to Los Angeles for the NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere from Thursday through Sunday.

Forty members of the draft class will attend the session with more than 30 NFLPA business partners to work to secure endorsement deals and create content for advertising campaigns. The Premiere will also include a photo shoot for the NFLPA’s trading cards.

Organized team activities begin next week for the Browns, so Mayfield and Chubb shouldn’t miss any practice time with the veterans.


The Patriots hired pass-rushing consultant Joe Kim, The Boston Globe reported. Kim worked for the Browns in 2016 as a strength and conditioning assistant in skills development but wasn’t retained for a second season by coach Hue Jackson.

Kim is a longtime Avon Lake resident and operates Kim’s Martial Arts School in Avon. He’s a national champion and GrandMaster in taekwondo and works with pass rushers on hand placement and footwork.

He’s reunited with New England coach Bill Belichick, who brought him into the NFL coaching ranks in 1992 with the Browns. Kim stayed until 1995 and also coached in Cleveland in 1999-2000.

He’s worked for numerous teams across the NFL.


Linebacker Genard Avery, a fifth-round pick, signed his rookie contract. He joins offensive lineman Austin Corbett (second round), receiver Damion Ratley (sixth round) and cornerback Simeon Thomas (sixth round) to put four of the nine draft picks under contract.

Avery (6-0, 250) played in 50 games with 34 starts at Memphis. He had 232 career tackles, 45.5 tackles for loss and 21.5 sacks. He returned both interceptions for touchdowns.

He was the No. 150 pick.

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