July 29, 2014

NFL News: Marecic among Browns’ cuts; team awarded Paul Hazel, Colton Schmidt

Tuesday afternoon the Browns made several roster moves in order to comply with the NFL roster limit of 75.

First the additions. Cleveland was awarded LB Paul Hazel from Jacksonville and P Colton Schmidt from San Francisco from waivers.

The Browns also waived linebacker Kendrick Adams, offensive lineman Dominic Alford, wide receiver Dominique Croom, defensive lineman Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, fullback Owen Marecic, offensive lineman Ryan Miller and tight end Travis Tannahill. In addition, the team placed running back Montario Hardesty on injured reserve and offensive lineman Chris Faulk on reserve/non-football injury.

Hazel, a 6-5, 227-pound outside linebacker from Western Michigan, was waived by the Jaguars Sunday. Signed as a non-drafted free agent by Jacksonville following the 2013 draft, he had four tackles this preseason. In college, Hazel played 49 games with 19 starts, posting 104 tackles (55 solo), 24 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, six pass breakups, seven forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He also saw action on the WMU basketball team during the 2012-13 season. Hazel was all-county in both football and basketball at South Miami (Fla.) High School.

Schmidt, a 5-11, 220-pound punter in his rookie season out of California-Davis, originally signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent on July 15. He appeared in all three of San Francisco’s preseason games and booted four punts for 201 yards (50.3 average) with a net of 47.0 yards, landing two inside the 20-yard line. At UC-Davis, Schmidt set a school record with a 41.1-yard career gross average. A native of Bakersfield, Calif., he graduated from Liberty High School.

The Browns still have punter Spencer Lanning on the roster. It is likely that Schmidt will compete with Lanning for the job.

Ryan Miller never participated fully in practice after suffering a concussion early in camp.

[Related: Mingo not expected to be placed on IR]

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Wendy is always open when $hamrock is in town!

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You leave Brady alone ya meanie!

  • Harv 21

    Can’t let go. Neither Thompson nor Abdullah had any real hype because of those picked in the first round but I’m telling you – Abdullah couldn’t get PT in 1999 on maybe the worst expansion team in history. Was a 100% useless player.

  • mgbode

    you make a convincing argument. there is a good chance that the Browns being back made me not care about Abdullah as much.

  • BenRM

    Oh I totally agree that it’s normal to miss on some. It is more that people at work spoke of Heckert like some kind of Draft-Jesus b/c we have been so deprived of good GMs for so long.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Gotcha, then shame on them… he was solid, but if he were truly elite he’d be some other team’s GM right now.

  • Harv 21

    100%. I liked him simply because he reeked of competence, not b/c he was Jimmie Johnson pulling off the Hershel Walker trade and nailing those subsequent picks. I also grade Heckert on a curve because Holmgren’s statements make me think he pushed to sign DelHomme, pushed for McCoy and pressed Heck to grab Weeden in the first round for fear someone else would. Maybe I’m wrong but Holms repeatedly said that he was stepping in when it came to QB assessments.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Agreed. Abdullah over Thompson. I’d also put someone else over McDonald, since McDonald was OK at times. I’d go with Gary Baxter I think.

  • mgbode

    I will budge on Abdullah vs. Thompson, but there is no budging on McDonald. the only times he looked okay were when the opposing QB was picking on Eric Wright instead.

  • Harv 21

    ya know, there actually was a (short) period of time they were talking about McDonald as a late round steal. But this is like arguing over which pile smells worse. I hated Eric Wright because of all the local happy talk about his physical ability compared with his brainless play. But I’m not gonna say he was worse than McDonald. At least he’s still playing.

  • mgbode

    yeah, after us, McDonald went to talent-starved Detroit and TB and couldn’t become a starter at either stop.