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After making tough decisions cutting the roster to 53 players, the Cleveland Browns claimed LB Malik Jefferson (Cincinnati Bengals), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Arizona Cardinals) and WR KhaDarel Hodge (Los Angeles Rams) from waivers. To make room, the team waived DT Trevon Coley and S Juston Burris, while placing T Drew Forbes(knee) on injured reserve.
The Browns also signed DT Brandin Bryant, TE Stephen Carlson, WR Shelton Gibson, LB Willie Harvey, S J.T. Hassell, CB Robert Jackson, WR Derrick Willies and C Willie Wright to their practice squad.
In conjunction, DB Tigie Sankoh will be part of the team’s international practice squad and won’t count towards the team’s limited 10 practice squad slots, which will keep two slots open. Eight of the nine signings were with the Browns during the preseason and training camp.
Jefferson is a 6-2, 240-pound linebacker out of Texas. Originally drafted by the Bengals in the third round (78th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft, he enters his second official NFL season in 2019. Last year with the Bengals, Jefferson totaled three defensive tackles in 12 games and ranked third on the team in special teams tackles with seven. He’s a native of Mesquite, Texas.
Seals-Jones is officially a third-year tight end and measures 6-5 and 243 pounds. An undrafted free agent signing by the Cardinals in 2017, Seals-Jones played in 25 career games with six starts for Arizona. The former Texas A&M Aggie collected 46 receptions for 544 yards and four touchdowns over the last two seasons. In 2018, he set careers highs with 15 games played, five starts, 34 receptions and 343 receiving yards. He also added a receiving touchdown. Seals-Jones is a product of Sealy, Texas.
Hodge (6-2, 205) enters his second NFL season in 2019. The wide receiver out of Prairie View A&M went undrafted in 2018 and signed with the Rams. He played in 14 regular season games and three postseason games in 2018, including Super Bowl LIII. Primarily contributing on special teams, he also caught two passes for 17 yards in the regular season. Hodge is from D’Lo, Miss.
Gibson (5-11, 191) is a third-year wide receiver out of West Virginia. He was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round (166th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. He saw action in 20 regular season games and five postseason games for the Eagles over the last two years, including their Super Bowl LII victory. Mainly contributing on special teams, Gibson hauled in three career receptions for 59 yards. He’s a Cleveland, Ohio native and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School.