Cleveland Browns trim roster and claim five players on waivers to settle their 53-man roster.
As familiar faces leave, new faces arrive. The Browns claimed a handful of players from the waivers amid other NFL teams finalizing their rosters.
Cleveland primarily went after defensive players on the waivers, only claiming one offensive player in center Aaron Neary (Los Angeles Rams). The Denver Broncos signed Neary as an undrafted free agent in 2016. After bouncing around, he earned his first start last season for the Los Angeles Rams in Week 17.
Of the waiver claims – Davis is the most likely to see playing time in Sunday’s opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a former third-round selection by the Ravens and has started 12 games in the NFL. After missing the entire 2016 season due to an ankle injury, Davis came back in 2017 and started nine games racking up 19 tackles. He is expected to get time at nose tackle and serves as a solid run stopper for the Browns.
The #Ravens have 115 stops against the run this year, the most in the NFL. Carl Davis is a big part of that:https://t.co/YJsnZrO8mE pic.twitter.com/EEu3gGzVkY
— PFF BAL Ravens (@PFF_Ravens) October 16, 2017
Odenigbo, a 2017 seventh-round pick out of Northwestern, didn’t play in a regular season game his rookie season. Despite only being on the Vikings practice squad last season, Odenigbo put up great numbers this preseason finishing with 11 tackles, two sacks and eight hits on the quarterback.
Vallejo appeared in 15 games in 2017, primarily on special teams. The Browns likely added him as another linebacker to add depth after Mychal Kendricks surprise departure last week. He was a sixth-round pick in 2017 by the Minnesota Vikings.
Lastly, Tavierre Thomas was an undrafted free agent this season but had a solid collegiate career at Ferris State. Another addition for depth, Thomas is insurance in case of an injury to the Browns defensive back unit. He was the only player from the Cardinals who was claimed.
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