No one said it was going to be to easy to fill the shoes of 14-year Browns veteran Phil Dawson, who signed with the 49ers after the Browns let him walk in free agency.
Right now, they're as empty as last year's school shoes.
On final cutdown day, the cleveland browns jerseys cheap surprised folks by terminating the contract of 12-year kicker Shayne Graham, who made all three of his field goals in preseason but sat out the Bears game with a stiff back. They also cut rookie kicker Brandon Bogotay to leave a gaping hole where the iconic Dawson once stood. Bogotay, who missed the latter part of preseason with a groin injury, made 2-of-3 field goal attempts in the games.
"We gauged the preseason games and weren't completely satisfied,'' said coach Rob Chudzinski. "From a timing standpoint, (it was about) keeping some other guys in other positions on the roster and being flexible that way. We felt like this was the best move at this particular time.''
He said the cheap cleveland browns jerseys will probably bring in some kickers over the next few days, and maybe even go back to square one if they don't like what they see.
"We haven't completely closed the door on the kickers that we had,'' he said. "We'll have a kicker in the next few days. I'm not concerned.''
Available kickers include veterans Dan Carpenter and Billy Cundiff, and rookie "Kickalicous,'' the Norwegian Havard Rugland who tried out for the Browns in the spring.
Rugland, a YouTube sensation because of his daring trick shots, was released Tuesday by the Lions after making all three of his field goal attempts from 49, 50 and 33 yards. The 33-yarder came against the Browns in the second preseason game Aug. 15.
"He's a guy with raw ability,'' coach Rob Chudzinski said before that game. "He did a fairly good job (in the tryout). I haven't kept up with what he's doing now.''
The cheap browns jerseys have kept in touch with Carpenter, who was cut by three teams in the past two weeks: the Dolphins, Cardinals and Jets. But it's not yet known if he'll be brought in for a tryout. Carpenter has made 127 of 155 attempts for 81.9 percent.
Cundiff, who made the Pro Bowl as a member of the Ravens in 2010, spent time with the Browns in 2009 when Dawson was injured. Cundiff, who was cut by the Jets on Tuesday when they decided to give Carpenter a look, kicked the gamewinning field goal to help the Browns beat the Bills, 6-3, in 2009. Overall, he's made 139 of his 184 attempts for 75.5%.
"It's probably the one position where a guy could come in and it's unique in that way,'' said Chudzinski. "I feel like between the pool that's there and the guys that have been here we'll find the guy we need."
Just for the record, he ruled out punter Spencer Lanning handling both chores, like he did against the Bears, making 2-of-3 attempts including the gamewinning 40-yarder.
"It's good to know he's a possible backup, but I would not expect that to be the case,'' said Chudzinski.
The release of Graham and Bogotay were among the 15 moves the browns jerseys cheap made to get down to the final 53-man roster by Saturday's 6 p.m. deadline. In addition, they placed Josh Gordon on the reserve/suspended list, where he'll remain for two games for testing positive for codeine.
They also waived the following 12 players: offensive lineman Aaron Adams, defensive back Akeem Auguste, linebacker Justin Cole, running back Jamaine Cook, defensive lineman Hall Davis, wide receivers Tori Gurley, David Nelson and Naaman Roosevelt, linebacker James-Michael Johnson, defensive lineman Brian Sanford, safety Jamoris Slaughter and linebacker Justin Staples.
None of the cuts except for Graham was a surprise. Nelson, who was signed as a free agent in April, knew after the Bears game Thursday night that he might be let go. Coming off a torn anterior cruciate from last year's opener and a bone bruise in the same knee from this camp, he caught four of the 10 passes thrown his way, but dropped one, slipped twice and camp up limping twice with cramps.
The solid play of 2012 undrafted free agent Josh Cooper, Brandon Weeden's pal from Oklahoma State, also made Nelson expendable.
"The biggest thing was the other guys and what they were able to do,'' said Chudzinski. "You saw a guy like Josh Cooper really improve and there were a number of guys making plays. From all indications, (Nelson) was healthy.''
The release of three receivers yesterday and several others since Tuesday left the Browns with only four on the active roster in Cooper, Travis Benjamin, Davone Bess and Greg Little.
But Chudzinski cautioned that the roster is fluid and will change over the next few days.
"All the positions are being evaluated now as the waivers are coming out and we're looking at all the different positions,'' he said.
In other roster notes:
Undrafted rookie Josh Aubrey from Stephen F. Austin made sixth-round pick Jamoris Slaughter expendable. Slaughter, the safety from Notre Dame, was coming off an Achilles injury and suffered hamstring and groin injuries in camp. He might be a candidate for the practice squad.
"Josh came out of nowhere,'' said Chudzinski. "If you think back to the spring and seeing him then and how much progress he's made, he's really come a long way and done a nice job and gotten to the point where we trust him.'The absence of Slaughter means the Browns have only four of their five draft picks on the roster. Seventh-rounders Armonty Bryant, a defensive lineman, and Garrett Gilkey, an offensive lineman, both made the team. Two other picks were parlayed into third- and fourth-rounders next year.
Five undrafted rookies made the team, including two linebackers that were awarded on waivers within the last week: Paul Hazel from Michigan and Eric Martin from Nebraska. The others were offensive linemen Caylin Hauptmann from Florida International and Martin Wallace from Temple. That means more undrafted rookies made the team this year than draft picks.
"It's a tribute to the scouting department, and it's a tribute to them as well and their attitudes coming in and making a team,'' said Chudzinski. "They've worked hard. We wanted to have the type of environment where guys could earn it and these guys showed that.
As for Hazel and Martin, he said, "we liked their pass-rush ability. As outside ‘backers they have flexibility to play defensive end as well in some of the sub situations.''
The Browns only have four cornerbacks on the roster in Joe Haden, rookie Leon McFadden, Chris Owens and Buster Skrine. Chudzinski re-iterated that they're keeping their eyes peeled at all positions. He also named Skrine the starter heading into the season but stressed he really likes Owens, who's been struggling with a strained arch.
The roster features 12 offensive lineman, but two of them, Jason Pinkston and Shawn Lauvao, are out with ankle injuries for possibly the first three games of the season.
"Those are guys that we want to keep for sure, so you do have to have some answers in the meantime,'' Chudzinski said. "As far as the o-line and the d-line, those are such important positions as you're going into the course of the season in my experiences, those are the areas when you have injuries that can derail you the quickest, so being a little bit heavy there isn't a problem.''
Inside linebackers Tank Carder and L.J Fort made 2012 fourth-round pick James-Michael Johnson expendable. Johnson was derailed by knee and rib injuries last season.
After noon on Sunday, clubs may sign eight players to the practice squad.
Chudzinski kept all three quarterbacks and feels it's risky to keep two. "I feel good about these three guys, the progress they've all made,'' he said. "I'm getting to the point where I'm very comfortable with all of them. Making sure you have multiple quarterbacks who can play if you do encounter injuries is critical.''
Chudzinski added that No. 6 overall pick Barkevious Mingo will not undergo a CT scan on Monday, which had been reported by ESPN. Chudzinski did not say when he'll undergo further exams.
For now, the Cleveland Browns have no kicker but that will change soon. After being cut by the New England Patriots, could Tim Tebow end up with the Buffalo Bills?
It was a wild "cut down" Saturday in the NFL and there were some surprises but maybe the biggest surprises are yet to come. If you have faith in Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski, someone will fill former Browns kicker Phil Dawson's shoes sooner rather than later.
But let's start with Tebow. He was cut by the New England PatriotsSaturday and can be claimed by any team on waivers and his salary isn't exorbitant. The Buffalo Bills are home next Sunday for their opener and they will welcome (?) the Pats.
For right now, the Bills have two quarterbacks on their roster. Both are rookies, one is injured. And who knows the Pats better than Tebow right now...and he's available.