Browns Add Fujita to Active Roster; Sign D.J. Young to Practice Squad

From the Browns-

“The Cleveland Browns today signed offensive lineman D.J. Young to the practice squad, the team announced. To make room for Young, the club released offensive lineman Jeff Shugarts from the practice squad. In addition, the NFL lifted the exemption for linebacker Scott Fujita.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Arizona on July 27, 2011, Young spent the first 16 weeks of the 2011 season on the Cardinals’ practice squad before being elevated to the active roster for the final game. He was waived by Arizona on August 31, 2012. Young was a two-year starter on the offensive line at Michigan State University (2009-10) after transferring from Bowling Green State University (2006-07), where he appeared in 17 games as a defensive lineman. Young’s father, Duane, played six seasons in the NFL as a tight end with San Diego (1991-95) and Buffalo (1998). Born January 26, 1988, the 6-5, 300-pound Young is from Lansing, Mich, where he attended Sexton High School.”

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  • Kildawg

    Four weeks later the Browns cut some guy we don’t even know is on the roster to make room for Joe Haden, whose suspension makes room for Fujita. (Still should keep 7 LBs on roster given that Fujita is injury-prone.)

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’d rather see the kids play at LB then molasses Fujita.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    It should be interesting to see what Fujita brings to the table, if anything. You have to imagine that he will do better at his gap responsibilities in stopping the run, but he’s definitely worse in coverage.

  • Harv 21

    last few years Fujita fades as he plays multiple games in a row. Whatever his best currently is, I expect we’ll see it early in the season. I think he’s close to done, but just being in the lineup will give the young kids some additional time to get coached up.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Not to pimp other sites, but Dawgs By Nature is doing this thing where they are going to show the snap counts that each player received in each game. I’m interested to see if Shurmur splits the snap counts fairly evenly between Fujita and the other guys, or if he does the stupid thing and just leaves Fujita in the whole time because he’s a “veteran leader”.

  • LazyDawg

    I agree, I think Fujita could be a good tutor for the young LB’s. One aspect that we are still hurting at that he can help at is the run stop. Hopefully he can stay healthy.

  • mgbode

    I like it.

  • Harv 21

    Can’t believe someone other than an unpaid Browns film geek staffer sits there zooming in to see which 11 players are on the field every snap. But I’d like that info. It feels like Jauron is running the defense – maybe I think that just b/c it’s running without hiccups- and if so he seems to trust his rookies. I agree, Fujita needs to be rested frequently if they want him to have any impact.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Good point… in my head, I know that Jauron runs the defense, but for some reason I still took a shot at Shurmur.