NFL News: Brad Smelley promoted by Browns

The Cleveland Browns have announced their promotion of fullback/tight end Brad Smelley from the practice squad, releasing defensive lineman Ronnie Cameron to make room on the roster.

Brandon Weeden has his pass-catching college teammate in Josh Cooper, so it only makes sense that Trent Richardson gets his lead blocker.

Drafted by the club in the seventh round (247th overall) of this year’s draft out of Alabama, Smelley has spent all 14 weeks of the regular season on the club’s practice squad. He appeared in all four preseason games and recorded two receptions for 21 yards, including a 12 yard touchdown.

Smelley is touted as a solid blocker who can also catch passes when called upon, relying more on cerebral play than athleticism. He will likely serve as a back-up to the role carved out by current fullback/tight end Alex Smith while potentially earning a role within the Browns’ special teams unit.

[Related: Getting to know your Cleveland Browns: Brad Smelley]

  • Tj

    See ya Marecic!

  • cjkeagle

    YESSS! T Rich get’s his blocker, Weeken gets WR…and we can end the Marecic experiment. What is we still had Vickers thought?!?

  • BenRM

    Not a good year to be named Owen Marecic.

  • WTF are you trying to say in that last question? And it’s Weeden, with a d.

  • Jaker

    SMELLEY!!!!!! finally, we unleash our secret weapon

  • JK

    Hahahahah let me translate, I speak internet.

    Richardson gets his blocker

    Weeden gets a wide receiver

    Can we end the Marecic experiment?

    Also, what if we still had Vickers (with an unnecessary “though”)?

    I’m still working on deciphering what his username is really supposed to be, I’ll let you know.

  • mgbode

    I hope Smelley has a similar debut to the one that Boom Herron had for Cinci last weekend (for those that missed he tipped 2 punts on the first 2 snaps of his NFL career – not full blocks, but got a hand and shortened both of them).

  • DJM

    Testing him out for the last 3 games to see if we need to draft or sign a FB in the off-season

  • Natedawg86

    What about MATT CLEVELAND!!! Would be the best selling jersey ever.

  • Jon

    Now we get to hear “Weeden dumps it off, and that is Smelley!” like Musberger said in the National Championship a couple years ago!

  • Hypno_Toad

    I believe it’s CJ Keagle.

    I’m not explaining what that means to anyone….

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I think the true headline should be “Brad Smelley Promoted to Browns: Browns win 30 straight games”. YEAH!

  • paulbip

    Hey Owen, we hardly knew ye.