Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - The goal for any NFL team is to have difficult decisions to make when it comes to finalizing the initial 53-man roster.
That’s the position that general manager Tom Heckert and head coach Pat Shurmur find themselves in when it comes to several positions.
Do they keep 5 or 6 receivers? Can they afford to keep 2 fullbacks? Who goes – Seneca Wallace or Colt McCoy? Do they have enough defensive linemen? How many safeties or corners should they keep?
With the final cuts set to come by 9 p.m. Friday, here’s the best guess of who’s in and who’s out for the 2012 Cleveland Browns (rookies in italics).
Receivers (6): Greg Little, Josh Gordon, Mohamed Massaquoi, Travis Benjamin, Josh Cribbs, Jordan Norwood
Offensive linemen (9): Joe Thomas, Jason Pinkston, Alex Mack, Shawn Lauvao, Mitchell Schwartz, John Greco, Oniel Cousins, Jarrod Shaw, Dominic Alford
Quarterbacks (3): Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy, Thaddeus Lewis
Tight Ends (4): Benjamin Watson, Jordan Cameron, Evan Moore, Alex Smith
Fullbacks (2): Owen Marecic, Brad Smelley
Running backs (3): Trent Richardson, Montario Hardesty, Brandon Jackson
Defensive Linemen (8): Jabaal Sheard, Ahtyba Rubin, Billy Winn, Frostee Rucker, Juqua Parker, John Hughes, Scott Paxson, Emmanuel Stephens
Linebackers (6): Scott Fujita, D’Qwell Jackson, Kaluka Maiava, James-Michael Johnson, L.J. Fort, Craig Robertson
Safeties (4): Eric Hagg, T.J. Ward, Ray Ventrone, David Sims
Cornerbacks (5): Joe Haden, Sheldon Brown, Dimitri Patterson, Buster Skrine, Trevin Wade
Place Kicker (1): Phil Dawson
Punter/Holder (1): Reggie Hodges
Long Snapper (1): Christian Yount
Practice squad candidates:
Receiver Josh Cooper, running back Adonis Thomas
Defensive lineman Marcus Benard, defensive lineman Auston English, defensive back Antwuan Reed, linebacker Chris Gocong, linebacker Emmanuel Acho
Defensive tackle Phil Taylor