We knew the Browns would be active, and guessed that running back could be addressed. Now, it apparently has. According to Aaron Wilson and Jason La Canfora, the Browns have claimed Bobby Rainey and Dennis Johnson respectively.
Bobby Rainey has been claimed by the Cleveland Browns, according to a league source
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 1, 2013
The Browns have claimed Dennis Johnson on waivers
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 1, 2013
The two running backs are almost identical physical specimens. Rainey is 5’7″ and 207 pounds and Dennis Johnson is 5’6″ and 196 pounds. Presumably, these signings are meant to help the Browns cope with the loss of 5’8″ and 195 pound Dion Lewis.
Rainey has floated around the Baltimore Ravens between the practice squad and short stints on the active roster since being undrafted in 2012. Johnson was cut by the Texans and at least a few comments I’ve read around the web were hoping that he would make it to their practice squad. Johnson played at Arkansas behind Knile Davis, so he was overshadowed.
This could be a case where the Browns are making an “either/or” decision on these two players, or maybe they have designs of keeping them both and cutting loose someone like Brandon Jackson.