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Predicting the 53-man roster: Tough decisions at receiver and D-line

The training camp practices and preseason games are over, so the decisions must be made.

General manager John Dorsey has until Saturday at 4 p.m. to pick a 53-man roster. He will likely make at least a couple of moves after the original cuts, but here’s my educated guess at the first version of the 53-man roster.

Quarterbacks (3): Baker Mayfield, Drew Stanton, Garrett Gilbert

Comment: Gilbert played well enough throughout the preseason to keep three quarterbacks.

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Running backs (3): Nick Chubb, Dontrell Hilliard, D’Ernest Johnson

Comment: Johnson earned a spot with a great camp.

Wide receivers (6): Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Damion Ratley, Braxton Miller, Derrick Willies

Comment: Willies’ spot could go to Ishmael Hyman, or be used on another position.

Tight ends (3): David Njoku, Demetrius Harris, Seth DeValve

Comment: Dorsey will look to replace DeValve from the waiver wire.

Offensive linemen (9): Joel Bitonio, JC Tretter, Greg Robinson, Chris Hubbard, Eric Kush, Wyatt Teller, Kendall Lamm, Austin Corbett, Brad Seaton

Comment: Drew Forbes’ knee injury Thursday night likely cost him a spot.

Defensive linemen (10): Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, Larry Ogunjobi, Chris Smith, Chad Thomas, Genard Avery, Devaroe Lawrence, Trevon Coley, Anthony Zettel

Comment: Coley could lose out to Daniel Ekuale.

Linebackers (6): Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey, Sione Takitaki, Adarius Taylor, Mack Wilson, Ray-Ray Armstrong

Comment: Armstrong stays because of his special teams ability and experience.

Cornerbacks (5): Denzel Ward, Terrance Mitchell, Greedy Williams, TJ Carrie, Phillip Gaines

Comment: Gaines is needed as the backup to Carrie in the slot.

Safeties (5): Damarious Randall, Morgan Burnett, Jermaine Whitehead, Eric Murray, Sheldrick Redwine

Comment: Murray can also play cornerback, allowing the Browns to keep an extra defensive lineman.

Specialists (3): Kicker Austin Seibert, punter Britton Colquitt, long snapper Charley Hughlett

Comment: Jamie “The Scottish Hammer” Gillan has a ton of potential. Dorsey might be able to trade him for a draft pick.

** Running back Kareem Hunt, receiver Antonio Callaway and tight end Rico Gathers will open the season on suspension and don’t count against the roster. Hunt is out for eight games, Callaway four and Gathers one.

 

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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