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Tracking Browns' roster cuts as they form 53-man roster

By August Fagerstrom Published: August 30, 2014

Today is the NFL's cut day, meaning all teams must trim their 75-man rosters to 53 players before 4 p.m. Follow along as we monitor cuts the Browns have made today:

-Nate Burleson, WR

Burleson, an 11-year veteran, signed a one-year deal with the Browns in the offseason, but a league source confirmed him being cut to the Beacon Journal. The move comes as a bit of a surprise given how thin the Browns are at the wide receiver position. Burleson battled a hamstring injury throughout the preseason that caused him to miss the first three weeks of action. In Thursday's preseason finale against Chicago, Burleson was targeted twice and caught one pass, a 27-yarder from Johnny Manziel.

-Dion Lewis, RB

Lewis was traded to Cleveland on April 11, 2013 from Philadelphia for linebacker Emmanuel Acho. He did not appear in a regular season game for the Browns in 2013 due to a fractured fibula, suffered in a preseason game against Detroit. Lewis was expected to make this year's team, but rushed for just 30 yards on 12 carries in the preseason and lost a fumble. Undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell perhaps leapfrogged Lewis and secured his spot on the roster by rushing for 102 yards on 13 carries in Thursday night's preseason finale against Chicago. A league source has confirmed to the Beacon Journal that Lewis has been cut.

-Chris Ogbonnaya, RB/FB

Ogbonnaya was signed off the Texans' practice squad on October 18, 2011 and has played a notable role in the Browns offense each of the last three seasons, splitting time between halfback and fullback. In three years with the Browns, Ogbonnaya rushed for 604 yards on 130 carries (4.6 yards per carry) and caught 95 passes for 695 yards (7.3). Ogbonnaya has also been a factor on special teams for the Browns. However, Ogbonnaya isn't a traditional fullback and didn't quite have a place on the roster as a running back with Ben Tate and Terrance West ahead of him. The Browns will instead go with undrafted rookie Ray Agnew at fullback and perhaps fullback/tight end MarQueis Gray. A league sources has confirmed to the Beacon Journal that Ogbonnaya has been cut.

-Garrett Gilkey, OG

Gilkey's cut also comes as a bit of a surprise, as he was said to competing for a starting job on the offensive line along with guards John Greco, Jason Pinkston and Paul McQuistan. Gilkey, out of Division II school Chadron State, was the Browns' seventh-round draft pick in the 2013 draft. He appeared in six games - one start - for the Browns in 2013. A league source has confirmed to the Beacon Journal that Gilkey has been cut.

-Justin Staples, LB

Staples signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois. He grew up in Berea, where the Browns practice facility is located. National Football Post first reported Staples being cut.

UPDATE: 2:08 p.m.

-Leon McFadden, CB

McFadden was a third-round draft pick by the Browns in 2013 and played in all 16 games last season, but recorded just one pass defended, according to ESPN Stats and Info, and failed to record an interception. He received a large deal of playing time in the preseason thanks to injuries sustained by Joe Haden and Buster Skrine, but failed to impress. He is eligible to join the Browns practice squad. Mary Kay Cabot first reported McFadden being cut.

-Jacobbi McDaniel, DT

The Browns signed McDaniel as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State on May 19, 2014. The news of McDaniel's release comes from his own personal twitter account, @JacobbiJustice.

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m.

-Connor Shaw, QB

Shaw was signed as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina on May 12, 2014. He appeared to have a shot to make the team as a third-string quarterback until the signing of Rex Grossman on August 12. Shaw will likely join the Browns' practice squad. Shaw being cut was first reported by Aaron Wilson of National Football Post.

Teams can begin claiming players off waivers Sunday.

August Fagerstrom can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @AugustF_ABJ.


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