Johnny Stanton

Browns Sign FB Johnny Stanton

On Wednesday morning, new Browns GM Andrew Berry shook up his front office. He also made a roster move that is less splashy on the surface, but notable in its own right.

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The Browns announced the signing of fullback Johnny Stanton, a UNLV product who converted from the quarterback position. Last year, Stanton went to camp with the Vikings as a UDFA and spent some time on their practice squad.

The Browns did not use a fullback in their offense last year, but Kevin Stefanski had C.J. Ham on the field for a good number of snaps in 2019. Ham blocked for Dalvin Cook, who drove the Vikings to the playoffs with a career-high 1,654 scrimmage yards and 13 touchdowns. Stanton, or another fullback, could feature heavily in the Browns’ offense as they look to get the most out of their backfield talent.

Speaking of the Browns’ backfield, Kareem Hunt recently found himself in some off-the-field trouble following a traffic stop. The Browns can retain Hunt via the restricted free agent tender, but the incident could impact his standing with the club in light of his previous issues.

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49ers Work Out S Mike Tyson, Four Others

With the 49ers dealing with injuries throughout their roster, the team brought in several players for workouts today. Veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer reports (via Twitter) that the team worked out safeties Mike Tyson and Tray Matthews, cornerback Terrell Sinkfield, offensive tackle Tyler Jones, and fullback Johnny Stanton.

The 49ers are likely to be without Richard Sherman and Dee Ford for multiple games, so it’s understandable that the team is seeking some reinforcement in their secondary. Tyson is probably the most notable name of the bunch (for football reasons, of course). The 2017 sixth-rounder appeared in 10 games for Houston in 2018. He joined the Packers this past offseason, but he was cut before the end of the preseason.

Tray Matthews, 25, has been hunting for a gig since graduating from Auburn in 2017. Sinkfield has bounced between the NFL and CFL since going undrafted out of Northern Iowa in 2013. The 29-year-old has yet to appear in an NFL game, and he has experience playing cornerback and wide receiver.

49ers offensive lineman Weston Richburg was recently placed on the IR, so they team is clearly looking for some blocking prowess from their auditionees. Jones is a 24-year-old rookie out of North Carolina State, while Stanton was a former quarterback at Nebraska.

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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 12/10/19

Today’s practice squad moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Minnesota Vikings

San Francisco 49ers

Tennessee Titans

Vikings Work Out OLs Russell Bodine, Marcus Martin

The Vikings are eyeing some offensive line reinforcement. ESPN’s Courtney Cronin reports (via Twitter) that the team worked out offensive linemen Russell Bodine and Marcus Martin.

Bodine, 27, has generally played center throughout his career. The 2014 fourth-rounder spent the first four seasons of his career with the Bengals, starting all 64 of his appearances. He signed a two-year deal with the Bills during the 2018 offseason, and he proceeded to appear in 10 games (10 starts) for Buffalo. He was traded to the Patriots back in August, but he was released a week later.

Martin, a 2014 third-round pick, has bounced around the league a bit since his three-year stint with the 49ers. The 25-year-old has 26 career games (24 starts) under his belt, but he hasn’t seen the field since the 2016 campaign. The offensive guard signed with the Seahawks this past offseason, but he was released by the team at the end of the preseason.

The Vikings recently placed Brett Jones on the injured reserve, but the center had only played a limited role with the organization. The Vikings didn’t play this past weekend, but Josh Kline was forced out of the lineup for Week 11 as he recovered from a concussion.

The Vikings also worked out a pair of running backs in Johnny Stanton and Ryan Yurachek. Stanton had a previous stint with the organization, with the collegiate quarterback trying his luck at fullback. Yurachek spent this past preseason with the Cowboys.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 8/20/18

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

  • Signed: FB Jalston Fowler, WR Julian Williams
  • Waived: FB Luke McNitt, WR Taj Williams

Indianapolis Colts

Minnesota Vikings

New York Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Minor NFL Transactions: 5/7/18

We’ll keep track of today’s minor moves here:

Baltimore Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Signed: C Tejan Koroma

Minnesota Vikings

New York Giants

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks