With the tight end continuing to be an integral part of the Browns “offense,” the team has decided to part ways with second-year end Martin Rucker. His roster spot will be filled by former Jacksonville Jaguar tight end Greg Estandia.
The release of Rucker essentially erases the entire early portion of the 2008 draft for the (then) Phil Savage-led Browns as he and Beau Bell were the first two picks of the draft. Recall that Savage was so high on Rucker that he traded this past year’s third-round pick to nab him in the fourth round in ’08. Alas, Rucker was unable to impress the current regime enough to move up the depth chart and make a difference on the field.
If it is any silver lining to the mess that appears to be the ’08 draft, we were able to acquire Shaun Rogers, Alex Hall appears to be a keeper, and Ahtyba Rubin showed some promise.
Good news is that Estandia would definitely be classified as a pass-catching tight end. Standing at an amazing 6’8″, Estandia led UNLV in receptions (49) as a senior, while amassing 563 yards and seven touchdowns. In his 26 games and two starts with the Jaguars, he recorded 19 receptions for 249 yards.
He obviously isn’t the next Tony Gonzalez, but if the team feels that he is an upgrade over Rucker and can make an impact in the passing game, I’m all for it. Anything is better than nothing, right?