The Cleveland Browns announced their first round of cuts from training camp today and Willie Snead was not among them, though three other wide receivers were. There are currently 9 active WRs on Cleveland’s roster (Snead included), but that includes Josh Gordon who is facing at least some level of potential substance abuse suspension. If you’re a Willie fan, hope for a season-long suspension. Or longer.
NFL rosters have to trim down to 75 by 4pm Tuesday and the Browns are currently at 76. Additionally, there will be 23 people from that 76 that go home as well, considering rosters need to be at 53 by August 30. So while there is work to be done, the first hurdle is semi-cleared assuming Willie isn’t the last name called over the next 28 hours or so.
Last season, the Browns carried 5 wide receivers for the season on the active roster, so taking Gordon out of the equation with a presumed suspension, it means Willie will need to beat out any three of Miles Austin, Travis Benjamin, Nate Burleson, Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins, Charles Johnson, or Marlon Moore to make one of five active WR spots.
Realistically, Austin, Burleson, and Hawkins are all probably locks to make the active roster. Between Benjamin, Gabriel, Johnson, and Moore, Benjamin is probably the most likely in the next group, leaving Willie to battle for the 5th spot with Gabriel, Johnson, and Moore. Moore is entering his fifth season in the league, with 43 appearances and two starts. Cleveland picked up Johnson from Green Bay’s practice squad in the offseason. Gabriel is a fellow rookie out of Abilene Christian.