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Cleveland Browns 2014 Roster Cuts: 10 Players Who Won’t Make Final Cut

Cleveland Browns 2014 Roster Cuts: 10 Players Who Won't Make Final Cut

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The Cleveland Browns had high hopes for the 2014 season with a new coaching staff and a number of new faces along the roster. However, the preseason has been relatively unkind with the offense's lack of progression as well as the dooming suspension of WR Josh Gordon. The following 10 players had hopes of making a strong impression on the coaching staff, but may be facing the reality of not making the Browns' active roster.

10. Jeremiah Warren, OL

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10. Jeremiah Warren, OL

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Jeremiah Warren has been a journeyman offensive lineman since he entered the league two years ago, and unfortunately he may find himself seeking yet another team in 2014. Warren seemed to have a good chance of making the team, but may be expendable due to the signing of fellow lineman Nick McDonald.

9. Josh Aubrey, DB

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9. Josh Aubrey, DB

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The athletic Josh Aubrey looked as though he would be one of the finalist for a defensive back position, but the emergence of veteran Jim Leonhard may have Aubrey on the outside. Cleveland may decide to keep as many as 11 defensive backs as the Browns attempt to figure out their best lineups. It's not all bad news for Aubrey as he could be chosen by Cleveland to be a member of the practice squad.

8. Taylor Gabriel, WR

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8. Taylor Gabriel, WR

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In Week 3, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel had a great game not only on offense, but also as a kick returner. Gabriel totaled 89 yards in two returns, showing that he can be a valued member on special teams. Although Gabriel showed up, veteran speedster Travis Benjamin is projected to take on both return duties, which leaves Gabriel out of the mix. Gabriel, Willie Snead and Charles Johnson are all battling for two potential spots at receiver.

7. Jacobbi McDaniel, DL

Jacobbi McDaniel
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7. Jacobbi McDaniel, DL

Jacobbi McDaniel
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Unfortunately for McDaniel, his chances of making the Browns' active roster looked bleak from the outset of the season. Cleveland has a well-established set of defensive linemen and were fortunate enough to retain them from last season. Right now, McDaniel is in a three-way contest with fellow defensive linemen Calvin Barnett and Cam Henderson for possibly two practice squad roster spots.

6. Eric Martin, LB

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6. Eric Martin, LB

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Eric Martin made a name for himself early on in New Orleans Saints' camp as an undrafted rookie in 2013, but was released during the preseason. Martin was then signed by the Browns and went on to play in all 16 games for Cleveland during the regular season. However, Cleveland went out to sign veteran rotational players to fill needs, which inevitably will leave Martin off the active roster. He should be a strong candidate for the practice squad.

5. Aaron Berry, DB

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5. Aaron Berry, DB

Aaron Berry
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Cornerback Aaron Berry was signed in the offseason to compete with the Browns' slew of corners, but the five-year man hasn't been able to play up to his fellow CBs' level. Setting Berry back may be a torn ACL that was suffered during the 2013 preseason. Berry could potentially fill a need for another NFL team at some point this season.

4. Connor Shaw, QB

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4. Connor Shaw, QB

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Connor Shaw played very well in his first NFL action against the Redskins throwing for 123 yards on eight completions and a Hail Mary touchdown. Shaw looked comfortable leading the third-team offense, and although he made a couple mistakes, looked poised standing in the pocket and running the read option. However, the signing of Rex Grossman will more than likely push Shaw to a spot on the practice squad possibly once Week 4 cuts are due.

3. Isaiah Crowell, RB

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3. Isaiah Crowell, RB

Isaiah Crowell
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Undrafted rookie free agent running back Isaiah Crowell has surprisingly not been a huge part of the Browns' plans thus far in the preseason. Crowell has played mostly on special teams, and rushed twice for three yards in Week 2 against Washington. While he certainly has the talent to make an NFL roster, Crowell is facing a crowded Browns' backfield and will likely find himself on Cleveland's practice squad.

2. Tank Carder, LB

Tank Carder
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2. Tank Carder, LB

Tank Carder
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Once a starter in Cleveland for a brief time, Tank Carder has slowly slipped to the bottom of the Browns' depth chart. In the Browns' Week 2 game against Washington during which Carder played late minutes, he accounted for only one tackle. Unfortunately for Carder, he has been running with the third string players throughout the preseason and should be pushed out by newcomers like Chris Kirksey and Zac Diles.

1. Chris Ogbonnaya, RB

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1. Chris Ogbonnaya, RB

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Chris Ogbonnaya's versatility was considered an asset under both Pat Shurmur and Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland, but it appears as though his lack of a defined role may be his demise under Mike Pettine. Ogbonnaya has played sparingly throughout the preseason and the RB/FB may lose out to RBs Ben Tate, Terrance West, Dion Lewis and converted fullback MarQueis Gray.