Preseason star Jordan Leslie is returning to the Cleveland Browns after he was cut following the final preseason game.
— Dave Noriega (@davenoriega) August 27, 2017
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.
Time to start this 5 hour drive 🚗
— Jordan Leslie (@Jles9) September 18, 2017
This was followed up by a post on Leslie’s Snapchat, where the destination for his drive was revealed.
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This morning it was made official, and Jordan Leslie is an official member of the Browns practice squad.
I'm backkkkkkkk pic.twitter.com/CFtN3zINM0
— Jordan Leslie (@Jles9) September 19, 2017
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.
Top of the screen is Sammie Coats (10), bottom is Kenny Britt (18). Who gave less of a shit on this play? pic.twitter.com/kEWmeIsMz4
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) September 18, 2017
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.