Wait, What, Hun ??? We add another Browns LB for training camp?
Well another training camp body is added to the roster. Rau 6-1 235lb LB out of Portland State U has bounced around from the Eagles to the Browns an now for some reason we put in a claim on him. Rau appeared in four games with the Eagles in 2012 collecting 3.0 tackles, 2.0 solo, 1.0 assisted. Rau is a hardworker but it is doubtful he makes the final 53 man roster. Given the fact that we have C.Blackburn, J. Senn, J. Williams, AJ Klein, Doug Hogue, an lastly recently signed Rau+Ben Jacobs also formerly of the Browns we now have a lot of LB's for training camp. I have no idea why we put in a claim on this kid seems like a hardworker similar to T. Williams who we had in camp a couple of seasons ago an still got cut; maybe Rivera just wants to take as many players away from CHUD as possible, LOL ?
If we can stay healthy J. Beason/L. Kuechly/T. Davis are our penciled in starters for week one against the Seahawks with C. Blackburn, AJ Klein & J. Senn as our backup's for all three LB spots. C. Blackburn, AJ Klein, J. Senn are all locks at this point in my book b.c. Senn is an effective ST leader/"C" and can start when asked and be pretty effective as we have seen in the past. Klein is a poor mans Kuechly (at least that is what he has been billed as) an we spent a fifth rounder on him plus he has showed good things so far in OTA's & rookie Mini camp so he stays. As for Blackburn he is veteran leader an Super Bowl winner we need him the most to lead on the field an in the locker room easily a lock plus we gave him a two year deal rare for our front office to do this offseason.
Really the only way any of these guys make the team is if Beason or T. Davis or others are lost to season ending injuries or one of them shows enough to land on the PS squad. So in the end does Rau, Jacobs, Hogue, J. Williams have what it takes to make the final 53 very doubtful; however the PS squad ? Maybe one an I don't believe J. Williams is eligible any longer correct me below if I am mistaken ??? Poll and Rau's highlights from 2011 at Portland State are below.