Undrafted rookie Jamie "The Scottish Hammer" Gillan pulled off an improbable upset by usurping 10-year veteran Britton Colquitt, and rookie fifth-round draft pick Austin Seibert got hot just in time to rebound from a rough training camp and knock off incumbent Greg Joseph.

The Browns, with great expectations placed on them, will move forward with Gillan as their punter and Seibert as their kicker.

"I think the organization is excited for the two young men," General Manager John Dorsey said Saturday in a news release. "I think we have complete confidence in both of their abilities. ... I’m happy with where we are in the kicking game."

Those decisions may have been the most notable for the Browns on Saturday, when all NFL teams were required to trim their rosters to 53 players before 4 p.m.

Dorsey also traded 2020 seventh-round selections for former Green Bay Packers guard Justin McCray and former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Taywan Taylor.

Colquitt, Joseph, tight end Seth DeValve, wide receivers Braxton Miller, Derrick Willies and Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, defensive end Anthony Zettel and guard Bryan Witzmann were the most recognizable players to Browns fans among the cuts.

A few more players will likely be cut Sunday to make room for others who will be awarded off waivers. The claiming period will end at noon.

"Maybe we can pick up those stones and see if we can find a player or two moving forward to help the team," Dorsey said.

But, for the most part, the Browns have settled on the roster they'll take into their Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Titans.

Coach Freddie Kitchens said Friday during a conference call he wouldn't be nervous to use a rookie punter-kicker tandem, knowing a key part of the equation is Gillan holding placekicks for Seibert, something the Scot had never done at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he punted and kicked.

Gillan alleviated some concerns about his holding during Thursday's night's 20-16 win over the Detroit Lions in the preseason finale. He handled those duties as Seibert went 2-for-2 on field goals (36 and 33 yards) and 2-for-2 on extra points.

"[From] rookie minicamp to now, [Gillan's] holding has just jumped loads better. That’s props to him because he didn’t hold in college. He did all three just like I did," Seibert, a University of Oklahoma product, said Thursday night, referring to punting, placekicking and kicking off. "Being completely new and getting it mastered in four months, major props to him for his hard work."

Gillan is from the Highlands of Scotland near Inverness and played rugby and soccer. He didn't try football until he was a high school senior in Leonardtown, Maryland, where he moved when he was 16 because his father took a job at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

Gillan finished the preseason averaging 46.6 yards and a 41.4 net on 17 punts, with six inside the 20-yard line and a long of 74 yards. He became a fan favorite by adding three tackles (the cool nickname doesn't hurt, either). Colquitt averaged 44.4 yards and a 42.8 net on five punts, with three inside the 20 and a long of 50.

Before Gillan left FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday night, he said he wouldn't be nervous on cutdown weekend because he knew he gave it his best shot.

"It’s a cutthroat business. You can be an incredible player, but you can still get cut," he said. "You just never know what’s going to happen.

"I can sit back and say I’ve given it my all these past four games. I’ve tried my hardest and I’m happy. A big old smile on my face, so it was a great experience."

Gillan, 22, has incredible raw talent. Colquitt, 34, is a model of consistency and reliability who earned Pro Bowl recognition as a second alternate last season, when he averaged 45.4 yards and a net of 38.2 yards on 83 punts. He also tied for sixth in the NFL and tied a Browns record with 32 punts inside the 20.

Colquitt was scheduled to make $2.7 million this year, sixth-most among NFL punters, according to spotrac.com. By comparison, Gillan's base salary is $495,000.

There isn't a significant financial disparity between Seibert and Joseph, but Seibert's draft status gave him an inherent edge. He's one of just two kickers who were drafted this year.

Seibert struggled for most of camp and had been slightly outperformed by Joseph, who made 17-of-20 field goals and 25-of-29 extra points last season as an undrafted rookie.

But the Browns cleared the way for Seibert and Gillan to shine in the final two exhibition games by keeping Joseph from kicking and Colquitt from punting. Seibert capitalized by making his last eight kicks of the preseason, going 4-for-4 on field goals against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before making both of his field goals and both of his extra points against the Lions.

"I feel like I played as well as I could [in the last two games]," Seibert said Thursday night. “I made my kicks. I kicked off well."

Seibert finished the preseason 6-of-7 on field goals and 6-of-6 on extra points. Joseph went 1-of-2 on field goals and 2-of-3 on extra points.

How Gillan and Seibert ended the preseason proved to be crucial.

"I think what it reflects is we’re comfortable with where we are with those two young guys," Dorsey said. "I think that they have demonstrated their ability to be skillful at both of their positions.

"We knew what Greg Joseph was and we knew what Britton Colquitt was. That’s why we gave [Gillan and Seibert] those two games to play because we really didn’t know how they’d respond under pressure. I thought they did a really nice job of taking on the challenge, accepting it and succeeding at achieving that goal."

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