By Dan Williams @Dan_Wi11iams on August 5, 2014
Training camp can be a tough time for coaches and players alike. Many players face the harsh reality of being left off the 53-man roster once the preseason wraps up. Cleveland Browns players who have been with the team multiple seasons once again have to prove their worth to a new coaching staff, but with so many roster changes there are several players whose spot isn't guaranteed. Here are five Cleveland Browns players on the bubble.
Signed by the Browns last season as an undrafted rookie free agent, Josh Aubrey is fighting to back up the newly acquired Donte Whitner during the 2014 season. Although he was fortunate enough to make the team last year, the Browns brought in veteran safety Jim Leonhard to provide another leader in the defensive secondary. Aubrey was the backup to TJ Ward last season and has made a number of big plays so far during training camp.
The Browns should hear the outcome of the Josh Gordon hearing sometime this month, giving the team more insight into who they'll have available at WR. Charles Johnson was notoriously signed from Green Bay's practice squad only for it to be discovered that he had a torn ACL. Now, Johnson is fighting for a spot on the main roster along with many other young receivers. Johnson's stock has reportedly dropped, but he's still very much in the mix.
Noting that they needed a boost at CB, the Browns selected two players at the position in this year's draft. McFadden could be the odd man out with the likes of Joe Haden, Justin Gilbert, Pierre Desir and Buster Skrine. McFadden, who's been with Cleveland since he was drafted in 2012, is competing with free agent signee Isaiah Trufant for a roster spot. Trufant is a special teams ace, so McFadden must prove he's able to fill the same role.
One of the most crowded positions for the Browns this offseason is linebacker, and a player who may fall victim of overcrowding is inside linebacker Tank Carder. Cleveland drafted Chris Kirksey and head coach Mike Pettine has brought in others to compete for a roster spot. Carder was given the chance to start a year ago, but an injury cut his season short and unfortunately may not be up to par with Pettine's attacking Browns defense.
Ogbonnaya's situation is an interesting one. Last year he was the primary fullback for a Browns team that struggled to run the ball. This season, hybrid TE MarQueis Gray could be looking at significant time at FB. With Ben Tate, Terrance West, Dion Lewis and UDFA Isaiah Crowell on the roster, Ogbonnaya could be on the outside looking in if Kyle Shanahan decides to go with Gray or true FB Ray Agnew at the position in 2014.
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