With Tyrod Taylorset to return to the Giants’ lineup in the coming days, New York has cleared out a spot on the practice squad for a third passer. Eason was added last month in the wake of Taylor’s rib injury, one which – coupled with Daniel Jonesbeing out for the year – left the Giants short on healthy bodies at the QB position. Now that Taylor is healthy, Eason will look to find a new home. He has made one brief appearance with each of the Colts (2021) and Panthers (2022) during his career.
McSorley has bounced around the league since the end of his Ravens stint. He will now return to the AFC North in the wake of Pittsburgh losing starter Kenny Pickettfor at least one game. The former has made nine career appearances and one start in the regular season.
The Jets continue to see struggles at the quarterback position. Hours after hearing that Aaron Rodgers would likely not work his way back to a starting role this season, the situation at the position became even more dire as third-string starter Tim Boyle was benched in today’s loss to the Falcons in favor of veteran Trevor Siemian. The team is currently undecided on whether or not the switch will be permanent going into next week, per Josh Alper of NBC Sports.
New York was trailing Atlanta early in the second half, and Boyle had completed just over half of his passes for 148 yards in what was a fairly uninspiring performance. When Boyle threw an ill-advised pass that ended up in the hands of an over-the-top safety, head coach Robert Saleh put the 29-year-old on the bench, sending in Siemian, the recent journeyman.
Siemian, who despite playing for four different teams has started a game in each of the past five years, didn’t fare much better than Boyle against Atlanta. While Saleh hoped the move would spark the offense, Siemian failed to lead the team to any points, completing only 5 of his 13 pass attempts for 66 yards. He also fumbled the ball three times, losing one to the opposing defense.
With that failed experiment, Saleh has yet to make a decision on what the plan will be next week. Asked if benched former starter Zach Wilson could make a return to the first team, Saleh replied that Wilson is “always in consideration.” With Rodgers not likely to return, Saleh will need to figure something out with the options available to him.
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Defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey made his season debut today after being a standard gameday elevation from the practice squad. Unfortunately, that’s where his 2023 campaign will end. In today’s loss, Winfrey suffered a “really bad” foot injury that Saleh proclaimed would leave him done for the season, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
Also sidelined in the loss were veteran tight end C.J. Uzomah and undrafted rookie wide receiver Jason Brownlee. Per Cimini, Uzomah suffered a sprained MCL and Brownlee left the game with an ankle injury. Taking away offensive weapons from the Jets’ arsenal surely doesn’t help the team’s struggles at quarterback.
The Chiefs have ruled out running back Jerick McKinnon for tomorrow’s game against the Packers, necessitating some extra depth at the position. The team will turn to Prince, an undrafted free agent who has spent the entire season on Kansas City’s practice squad. Prince had a breakout season at Tulsa in 2022, finishing with 813 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns.
Winfrey, a 2022 fourth-round pick, was cut by the Browns last July after being investigated for pulling a gun on a woman. He joined the Jets practice squad in early November and will finally earn his first promotion of the season. Winfrey got into 13 games for Cleveland last year, collecting 22 tackles and 0.5 sacks.
At age 36, Irvin will be making his debut for a sixth NFL team. The veteran pass rusher signed with Detroit midway through November and will finally have a chance to extend his streak of regular season appearances to 12 straight years. The only absence on the Lions’ front-seven will be linebacker Alex Anzalone, so Detroit may be looking to stand Irvin up to help the team’s depth at linebacker.
The Jets have decided to shoulder the risk of bringing on Winfrey, who was waived by the Browns in July after facing his second allegation of violence against a woman. He was not charged with anything in the case that led to his release from Cleveland, but combined with past off-field incidents, the allegations were enough to propel him towards free agency.
After a second allegation of violence against a woman surfaced, Perrion Winfrey is now on the waiver wire. The Browns cut the 2022 draft pick on Wednesday, according to a team announcement.
Winfrey is under investigation for allegedly threatening a woman with a gun Tuesday night in Cleveland, Fox 8 News reports. After Winfrey allegedly did not respond to a woman in a hotel lobby Tuesday night, Fox 8 reports the woman yelled something at the D-lineman. That prompted a threat and brandishing of a gun. Winfrey left the scene before the police arrived. No charges have been filed, but Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports Winfrey is a suspect in an aggravated robbery attempt.
He had worked as a defensive tackle backup as a rookie, playing 342 defensive snaps over 13 games. The Oklahoma product was also arrested in April on a misdemeanor assault charge after he allegedly grabbed a woman he was dating and “unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly” caused her bodily harm. Winfrey, 22, allegedly grabbed Brianna Mack and pulled her with his hand.
The second-year defender’s case ended up being dismissed — after the completion of a pretrial conversion program — this summer. After another incident, however, the Browns are moving on. Three years remain on Winfrey’s rookie contract.
After making minimal investments at defensive tackle last year, the Browns struggled to defend the run. They now have a new defensive coordinator (Jim Schwartz) and a new D-tackle anchor — in ex-Giants and Vikings cog Dalvin Tomlinson. In addition to Tomlinson’s four-year, $57MM deal, the Browns used a third-round pick on a D-tackle, drafting Baylor’s Siaki Ika. The team also has fourth-year contributor Jordan Elliott, who started all 17 games at the position last season. Veterans Maurice Hurst and Trysten Hill are also now with the team.
Pro Football Focus rated Winfrey and Elliott as two of the league’s worst D-tackle regulars last season, slotting each in the bottom 12 at the position. Browns coaches benched Winfrey at points due to maturity issues. The 6-foot-4 D-lineman was a healthy scratch in multiple games last season. Winfrey also landed in concussion protocol at one point, and part of the absence was related to a scooter accident.
Stefanski’s apparent job security is partly due to the Browns not “thinking negatively,” as Cabot notes. The organization has high hopes for the 2023 campaign, and they believe their head coach can get the most out of a roster that should feature a full season from QB Deshaun Watson. With other stars like Myles Garrett, Nick Chubb, and Amari Cooper, Cabot opines that this is the most talented roster the coach has had during his Cleveland tenure.
It sounds like the front office is willing to write off the head coach’s 2022 campaign thanks to an uncertain QB depth chart, and Stefanski was always going to be afforded a longer leash thanks to a 2020 campaign where Cleveland won 11 regular season games and another playoff contest. As a result, there isn’t any clear ultimatum heading into next year.
Of course, if the Browns fall short of expectations, then “all things will be taken into account.” So, while Stefanski isn’t on the hot seat entering the season, he’ll surely be facing some calls for his job if the Browns don’t take a step forward in 2023.
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Speaking of Watson, the player has been a “low-maintenance QB,” according to Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com. Watson has reportedly been building a strong relationship with Stefanski and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt, with the trio exchanging ideas on how the offense will operate. Pluto believes the grouping wasn’t able to establish the same rapport last year with Watson’s impending suspension and the coaching staff’s need to temporarily cater the offense to the pocket-passing Jacoby Brissett.
Perrion Winfrey’s case for misdemeanor assault was dismissed earlier this month following completion of a pretrial conversion program, per Cabot. The 2022 fourth-round pick will be competing for one of those aforementioned interior DL roles. Winfrey got into 13 games as a rookie, compiling 22 tackles and 0.5 sacks.
We heard earlier today that the Browns are happy with their current grouping of wide receivers, including newcomer Elijah Moore. As a result, the organization isn’t expected to pursue DeAndre Hopkins and reunite the receiver with his former quarterback.
Winfrey faces a charge of assaulting a family member, per court records, which indicate he grabbed a woman he was dating and “unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly” caused her bodily harm. Winfrey, 22, allegedly grabbed Brianna Mack and pulled her with his hand. He is free on a $1K bond.
The Browns drafted Winfrey in the fourth round last year. Although the team did not make much of an effort to upgrade at defensive tackle during the 2022 offseason, Winfrey did not start any games. Browns coaches also benched Winfrey at points due to maturity issues, Cabot notes. The 6-foot-4 D-lineman was a healthy scratch in multiple games last season.
The Oklahoma product did play regularly, however, lining up for 341 defensive plays with Cleveland as a rookie. He missed four games overall, landing in concussion protocol at one point, and part of the absence was related to a scooter accident.
Cleveland has since added Dalvin Tomlinson at D-tackle, with the big-ticket free agent joining lower-level adds in Trysten Hill and Maurice Hurst Jr.Three years remain on Winfrey’s rookie contract. He could face a suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, regardless of this case’s outcome.
The Browns entered the season with high expectations for their defensive front, but the interior of the unit has been underwhelming to date. One target of criticism has been rookie defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey, who has been in and out of the lineup this season.
Winfrey’s most recent absence was last week, when he missed Cleveland’s loss to the Bills as a result of a head injury which landed him in concussion protocol. Providing more details on the matter, he said that a scooter accident was the cause of the injury, adding to his reasons for missed time in his debut season.
“I was driving around and just ran into a pole,” the 22-year-old said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “Nothing crazy. I looked back to try to see if my friend was still behind me, and when I looked back I ran into the pole. Just things I’ve got to get over as a rookie. Little things here and there.”
After an impressive college career at Oklahoma, Winfrey was lauded in the build-up to the draft for his ability as a pass-rush presence in particular. He landed in Cleveland in the fourth round, and had an opportunity to carve out a role alongside the likes of Jordan Elliott,Taven Bryanand Tommy Togiai. Instead, he has struggled to get on the field, beginning with a disciplinary matter which saw him sit out in Week 2.
The 6-4, 292-pounder has also been absent as a healthy scratch and after missing time due to illness recently. Overall, he has played just 119 snaps this season, making five tackles (including one for loss). His PFF evaluation shows promise as a disruptive presence against the pass, but an overall grade of 45.6 leaves much to be desired. That has contributed in part to the team’s overall struggles in the middle, which has led to a belief that significant moves could be made in the offseason at the position.
Winfrey was cleared from the protocol on Friday, where he was a limited participant in practice. That leaves his game status up in the air for tomorrow’s contest against the Buccaneers, where the Browns will look to make up ground in the AFC Wild Card chase amidst a disappointing campaign.
The final member of the Browns’ 2022 draft class is officially on the books. Cleveland signed defensive tackle Perrion Winfreyto his rookie contract, per a team announcement.
Winfrey had a brief but productive career at Oklahoma. He flashed his ability as a disruptor in the run game with 5.5 tackles for loss in 2020. He then took a step forward with 23 stops, along with 11 TFLs, in 2021. With 5.5 sacks, he also showcased his ability as a pass-rusher, an element which has become increasingly valuable in recent years.
With a jump in PFF grades from 59.7 to 71.3, many have projected significant growth in the next few years for the six-foot-four, 292-pounder. As a result, some felt that Winfrey would have to wait no longer than Day 2 of the draft to hear his name called. Instead, he could end up representing a value find in the fourth round for the Browns, who continue to add youth to the interior of their defensive front.
Winfrey will join the likes of recent mid-round draftees Jordan Elliottand Tommy Togiaias intriguing prospects in the middle of Cleveland’s d-line. His relative weakness defending the run will, in all likelihood, limit his playing time early on in his career, but he could make an impact on passing downs relatively quickly.
With Winfrey under contract for four years, here is the final breakdown of the Browns’ class: