BEREA, Ohio - The Cleveland Browns stayed active Sunday a day after they cut down their roster to 53 players. The team acquired wide receiver LaRon Byrd from Dallas, offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann from Seattle, offensive lineman Ryan Seymour from San Francisco and running back Glenn Winston also from San Francisco.
Byrd could end up being a steal for the Browns, who are in desperate need of a big playmaker in the wake of Josh Gordon's upheld year-long suspension.
It's hard to imagine Byrd filling Gordon's shoes but he gives the Browns a big, fast receiver to target.
He's tall like Gordon--at 6'4", a little taller actually--and fast, too. Coming out of the University of Miami, Byrd ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds. When Gordon worked out for NFL scouts, he ran a 4.52. Gordon had a 36-inch vertical and Byrd a 35.
It takes more than raw physical abilities to succeed in the NFL, of course. However, after being sidelined by a concussion for the 2013 season, Byrd may get to use his physical gifts to learn on the job.
"He was always willing to block at the point of attack, which is a trait that most receivers tend to avoid. Where I believe that his game improved in this camp was his ability to go get that football no matter where it was thrown which is an area that I had not seen before."
With the Cowboys this preseason, Byrd made at least one highlight touchdown catch, a diving reception on the other end of a 27-yard toss from former Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. (Watch below or click here to see it.)
The problem Byrd faced in Dallas was the same one he had in Arizona: Too many top-notch wide receivers ahead of him. The Cowboys have Dez Bryant, Terrence Williams and 5th rounder Devin Street. The Cardinals have Larry Fitzgerald, Malcolm Floyd, 3rd rounder John Brown and Cleveland-born Ted Guin, Jr.
But the Browns... the Browns have an opening if Byrd take advantage of this opportunity.
To make move for the new additions, the Browns waived offensive lineman Karim Barton, wide receiver Charles Johnson and offensive lineman Martin Wallace. The team also terminated the contract of quarterback Rex Grossman.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer also announced Sunday the team signed offensive lineman James Brown, defensive lineman Jacobbi McDaniel, tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, linebacker Keith Pough and linebacker Justin Staples to the practice squad.