Every year, NFL roster cuts become a hot-button topic with players and fans alike. There’s always the chance a preseason superstar, a player who turns heads despite not even remotely being a household name, ends up not making a team’s roster. Typically this sets off a bit of a Twitter firestorm among those upset with said player getting cut. It happens every season with every team.
Take the Cleveland Browns as a prime example. Fans kept their eyes on the clock yesterday as the team worked to complete its 53-man roster. In doing so, they ended up keeping wideout Terrelle Pryor, despite the fact a hamstring injury kept him sidelined through most of camp as he tried to transition to a new position. To make room for Pryor, the Browns cut receiver Josh Lenz.
Lenz, an undrafted free agent who’s spent most of his two-year career on various practice squads, became a fan favorite in Cleveland after putting forth a great preseason. His being cut by the Browns surprised and angered more than a few fans, and appeared to ruffle the feathers of Cleveland players like Brian Hartline and Donte Whitner.
More than a few fans seem to think it’s unfair Pryor – who, again, is trying to play receiver for the first time in his career – made the roster over Lenz. However, I couldn’t disagree more. When you break the move down, it’s easy to see why keeping Pryor over Lenz was the right call.