Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Browns claim Jonathan Cooper-Why Cleveland needs to do more like this...

The Cleveland Browns made some roster maneuvers,but one especially caught my eye as far as taking high reward/low risk projects go.

However,we start with the promotion of Kevin Hogan to the active roster and release of Charlie Whitehurst.
Hogan had been on the practice squad since being claimed from Kansas City off waivers and with the current injury situation,the Browns needed someone that was healthy-ready or not.
All of the three draft people that I respect most (Dan Shonka,Dane Brugler and Daniel Parlegreco) had Hogan rated above Cody Kessler in the draft-is it possible that Hogan could be even more effective,if given a chance?
It's at 50/50 that he might get that chance before the season is through.

Charlie Whitehurst was released and given an injury settlement after getting his left knee injured against the Patriots last Sunday.
Whitehurst wasn't godawful in his relief stint vs New England (14 of 28,182 yds,1 TD and 1 INT),but Cleveland isn't exactly releasing anyone to get excited about either.
I think this is more of the need to have a healthy alternative (and seeing the Browns pass protection,one can see that easily) ready to play and if Whitehurst isn't going to be ready,this makes sense.
Somehow,I'm not sure that we have seen the last of Charlie Whitehurst this season..

The Browns also claimed an interesting player off waivers as the team claimed former first round guard Jonathan Cooper from the Patriots.
Cooper was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Cardinals and was traded to New England in the offseason with a second round draft pick in the trade that netted Arizona Chandler Jones.
Cooper never played for New England due to a foot injury,but the fact that Bill Belichick traded for him to begin with says something about his talent level and at 26,the Browns could have stumbled into a starter on the offensive line for the price of a waiver claim.

Claiming players like Jonathan Cooper are the type of things that the Browns need to do more of-taking chances on players of talent that might not have worked out at other stops.
That is especially the case,if the player is not a player noted for off the field issues,which it seems that Cooper has not been.
Cleveland needs to do more of these roster moves simply to see if they can pan some gold.
Cooper started for a playoff team in the Cardinals last season and if New England acquired him in a trade they had to see some value and the Browns need help on the right side of the line,so this is a perfect guy to take a chance on.
The Browns need to do more of these-after all,could things get any worse???

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