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Predicting the roster: Tough choices on the offensive and defensive lines

Changes are likely at the bottom of the roster — possibly a handful of them — after the league cuts rosters from 90 to 53 on Saturday afternoon. The Browns have first priority on the waiver wire and will have about 1,000 players to pick from, so general manager John Dorsey seems certain to do some last-minute tinkering.

Therefore, it’s impossible to predict the exact roster for the opener Sept. 9 against the Steelers. But it’s a fun exercise, so here’s a shot at the initial 53-man roster to be set Saturday at 4 p.m.

The toughest spots to predict are the ones likely to see an addition over the weekend — offensive line, defensive line and possibly receiver. The third tight end and fullback jobs are also tricky, given the lingering injuries to tight end Seth DeValve and fullback Danny Vitale.

QUARTERBACKS (3): Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield, Drew Stanton

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RUNNING BACKS (3): Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, Nick Chubb

RECEIVERS (6): Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, Antonio Callaway, Rashard Higgins, Damion Ratley, Derrick Willies

TIGHT ENDS (3): David Njoku, Darren Fells, Seth DeValve

FULLBACK (1): Danny Vitale

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8): Joel Bitonio, Austin Corbett, JC Tretter, Kevin Zeitler, Chris Hubbard, Desmond Harrison, Earl Watford, Greg Robinson

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (9): Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, Larry Ogunjobi, Jamie Meder, Trevon Coley, Chad Thomas, Nate Orchard, Carl Nassib, Caleb Brantley

LINEBACKERS (6): Joe Schobert, Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey, Genard Avery, James Burgess, B.J. Bello

CORNERBACKS (6): Denzel Ward, Terrance Mitchell, TJ Carrie, E.J. Gaines, Mike Jordan, Jeremiah McKinnon

SAFETIES (5): Damarious Randall, Jabrill Peppers, Derrick Kindred, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Derron Smith

SPECIALISTS (3): Kicker Zane Gonzalez, punter Britton Colquitt, long snapper Charley Hughlett

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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