Jordan Leslie returns to Cleveland

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Aug 31, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jordan Leslie (11) scores a touchdown against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Preseason star Jordan Leslie is returning to the Cleveland Browns after he was cut following the final preseason game.

The Browns have had abysmal performance out of their receivers for back to back games, and another lethargic game by Britt seemed to be the last straw for Hue Jackson and company. Former Steeler Sammie Coates also turned in an awful game and even rookie David Njoku dropped a key pass.

With Corey Coleman undergoing surgery for his hand for the second season in a row (now placed on IR) and Rashard Higgins going from practice squad to WR 1, the Browns have decided to bring back Leslie.

This was followed up by a post on Leslie’s Snapchat, where the destination for his drive was revealed.

 

Leslie hinted at his return to the Browns via his Snapchat story yesterday.

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This morning it was made official, and Jordan Leslie is an official member of the Browns practice squad.

While the news may not seem significant, Rishard Higgins was just elevated from the practice squad to make an instant impact, so the Browns have shown that they’re flexible with depth at the receiver position.

Another factor here is the competition angle; from the film it’s clear that Britt and Coates don’t seem to be playing that hard. They’re giving up quickly on plays, they’re slowing down before the play is done and on a few routes, it hardly looks like they’re running at all.

If Britt can’t elevate his play to the standards expected of a veteran receiver, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Browns replace him with younger talents like Kasen Williams or Jordan Leslie. If the current receiving corp can’t improve, look for Leslie to see the football field on a Sunday sooner rather than later.

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