The Browns made two major moves Wednesday by cutting two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden and trading offensive lineman Cameron Erving to the Kansas City Chiefs for a conditional fifth-round draft pick, but there’s an avalanche of roster decisions still to come.

Several starters will likely rest and several players on the bubble will receive a final audition when the Browns face the Chicago Bears in the preseason finale at 8 p.m. Thursday at Soldier Field. The Browns have 83 players on the active roster and must reduce the number to 53 by 4 p.m. Saturday.

There’s at least one player every year who plays his way onto the team in the last exhibition game. One who stands out in recent memory is starting running back Isaiah Crowell, who ran wild against Chicago in 2014 to secure a job.

With that in mind, here’s a review of the roster heading into the fourth and final practice game.

OFFENSE Quarterback

Nothing is certain other than rookie DeShone Kizer owning the starting job. Despite Cody Kessler’s awful training camp, it’s hard to envision head of football operations Sashi Brown giving up on a QB he drafted in the third round last year. It shouldn’t be the least bit surprising, though, if the Browns cut Brock Osweiler, who has $16 million guaranteed on his contract. They could hang onto him, especially to see if an injury on another team presents a trade opportunity. But if Osweiler goes, it would open a spot for Kevin Hogan, who may have built too much momentum this preseason for the Browns to be able to sneak him onto their practice squad.

Wide receiver

It’s open after starters Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt. Ricardo Louis and Jordan Leslie are the best bets in the next tier. On the bubble are Rashard Higgins, Jordan Payton, Josh Boyce, Rannell Hall, Mario Alford, Richard Mullaney and Rasheed Bailey. This figures to be the primary position the Browns hope to help this weekend, either via trade, a waiver claim Sunday or both.

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Running back

Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson and rookie Matthew Dayes will make the team. Terrence Magee and Brandon Wilds are long shots.

Fullback

Danny Vitale should survive cuts, unless the ankle injury he suffered Saturday in the third preseason game will cause him to miss significant time. He’s the only pure fullback on the roster. Tight end J.P. Holtz has cross-trained there.

Tight end

Seth DeValve, rookie David Njoku and Randall Telfer will stay on the roster. Holtz and undrafted rookies Taylor McNamara and Nate Iese are on the chopping block.

Line

There’s a lot of uncertainty beyond the five starters — left tackle Joe Thomas, left guard Joel Bitonio, center JC Tretter, right guard Kevin Zeitler and right tackle Shon Coleman. John Greco has been starting at left guard with Bitonio (knee) sidelined. Greco is valuable because he can play guard or center and he’s experienced (70 career starts). But he’s not guaranteed to make the team because he’s one of four players on the roster in his 30s — he’s 32 — and with a salary of about $3 million, he’s more expensive than several younger options. Drafted in the past two years, guard Spencer Drango and rookie tackle Rod Johnson have better odds, even though they’re not better players than Greco. The Browns also like guard/center Marcus Martin and center Austin Reiter. Tackle Zach Sterup, guard Kitt O’Brien and center Anthony Fabiano are on the outside looking in.

DEFENSE Line

At end, rookie Myles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah and Carl Nassib will make the team as will tackles Danny Shelton, Trevon Coley, Jamie Meder and rookie Larry Ogunjobi. Then things get interesting with the bubble boys. Tyrone Holmes has had a good preseason. Fellow end Nate Orchard had a sizzling exhibition opener but has been sidelined since Aug. 17 with a groin injury. Rookie sixth-round pick Caleb Brantley hasn’t played this preseason after undergoing finger surgery and hurting a shoulder, but he practiced this week. Xavier Cooper, a 2015 third-round pick, dropped on the depth chart throughout training camp and didn’t practice this week. So Holmes and Brantley likely have a leg up on Orchard and Cooper. The odds are against undrafted rookie end Karter Schult and tackle Brandon Thompson.

Linebacker

Starters Christian Kirksey, Jamie Collins and Joe Schobert are locks. Undrafted rookie Kenneth Olugbode and Dominique Alexander lead the next wave, trying to hold off James Burgess, Deon King and undrafted rookies B.J. Bello and Ladell Fleming. Like receiver, this is a position where assistance from outside the organization could be coming this weekend.

Cornerback

Jamar Taylor, Jason McCourty and Briean Boddy-Calhoun are safe in the aftermath of Haden’s departure. Darius Hillary is next in the pecking order, but his playing time dropped in the third preseason game. He’s part of a battle royal with Marcus Burley, Trey Caldwell, a 2016 fifth-round pick, and undrafted rookies Channing Stribling, Najee Murray and Alvin Hill. Rookie Howard Wilson (fractured kneecap) can move to the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Watch for a waiver claim here, too.

Safety

Rookie Jabrill Peppers and Derrick Kindred aren’t going anywhere. Ibraheim Campbell shouldn’t be, either. Trade acquisition Calvin Pryor is a mystery. Experience gives him an advantage over undrafted rookies Kai Nacua and J.D. Harmon as well as Christian Bryant.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Either rookie Zane Gonzalez or Cody Parkey will be the kicker, with their duel going down to the wire. If no one separates himself in the Windy City, Gonzalez’s status as a draft pick (seventh round) could be the difference. The rest of the specialist trio is set with long snapper Charley Hughlett and punter Britton Colquitt.

Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NateUlrichABJ and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports.