Browns Sign OL, Announce Practice Squad

Browns Sign OL, Announce Practice Squad

Browns continue to massage the back-end of their roster by signing an ex-Eagles lineman and releasing one of the surprise non-cuts of two days ago. Additionally, the practice squad is littered with some familiar names... and a couple of surprises as well...

For Immediate Release

Sept. 1, 2008

BROWNS AWARDED OL SCOTT YOUNG VIA WAIVERS FROM PHILADELPHIA

Browns sign seven players to the practice squad

The Cleveland Browns have been awarded OL Scott Young via waivers from Philadelphia and have waived OL Nathan Bennett, the club announced today. The Browns also signed the following seven players to the practice squad: LB Titus Brown, RB Omar Cuff, OL Christian Gaddis, S Travis Key, WR Lance Leggett, DL Melila Purcell and WR Steve Sanders.

Young, 6-4 and 312 lbs., spent the last three years with the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup guard and appeared in 13 career games. He was originally a fifth round draft choice of the Eagles in 2005 out of Brigham Young. Young played in a career-high 12 games and two postseason contests with the Eagles in 2006.

Four of the club's seven practice squad players signed today were with the Browns during training camp, including Leggett, Key, Purcell and Sanders.

Brown, 6-3 and 245 lbs., was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Mississippi State who spent training camp with the Miami Dolphins. Brown was a four-year letterman at Mississippi State with 170 career tackles and 18.5 sacks.

Cuff, 5-10 and 195 lbs., was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Delaware who spent training camp with Tennessee. Cuff ran for 4,364 yards and 65 touchdowns during his collegiate career at Delaware.

Gaddis, 6-4 and 300 lbs., spent last season with the Buffalo Bills and appeared in one contest. Gaddis was originally an undrafted rookie free agent with Buffalo in 2007 out of Villanova. He spent ten weeks on the Bills practice squad before being signed to the active roster on Nov. 14, 2007.

SCOTT YOUNG

79

Offensive Line

Height: 6-4

Weight: 312

College: Brigham Young

Birthdate: July 15, 1981

How Acquired: FA – ‘08

Year with Browns: 1st

Year in NFL: 4th

Games Played/Started: 2005 (0/0); 2006 (12/0, 2/0); 2007 (1/0).

Career Games: 13 games, 0 starts.

Postseason Games: 2 games, 0 starts.

Career Transactions: Originally a fifth round draft choice, 172nd overall, by Philadelphia in the 2005 NFL Draft…Waived by Philadelphia on Sept. 3, 2005…Signed by Philadelphia to the practice squad on Sept. 5, 2005…Signed by Philadelphia to the active roster on Nov. 25, 2005…Waived by Philadelphia on Aug. 31, 2008…Claimed via waivers by Cleveland on Sept. 1, 2008.

Seasonal Reviews:

2007: In his third season with Philadelphia, appeared in one game and was listed as inactive for 15 contests.

2006: Appeared in a career-high 12 games on special teams and reserve guard, and also appeared in two post-season contests...Made his NFL debut at San Francisco on Sept. 24…Saw significant time at left guard vs. Atlanta on Dec. 31, after the starters were pulled midway through the 1st quarter…Filled in at right guard for the second half of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at New Orleans on Jan. 13, after Shawn Andrews was sidelined with a neck injury.

2005: In his rookie season with Philadelphia, spent the first 11 weeks on the practice squad…Signed to the active roster on Nov. 25, and was listed as inactive for the final six regular season contests.

College: Former defensive lineman switched to offense as a senior at BYU, and earned All-Mountain West honors at left guard…Began his career at Dixie State College for two seasons and earned All-America honors as a sophomore with 15.5 sacks…Transferred to BYU in 2002 and recorded 13 tackles as a reserve defensive tackle before being moved to offensive guard in 2003…Redshirted that year while learning the position.

Personal: Born on July 15, 1981 in Salt Lake City, Utah…Resides in Sandy, Utah in the offseason…Played both tackle and defensive end at Hillcrest High School in Salt Lake City, while also lettering in basketball and baseball…An Eagle scout since age 14, has tallied 64 merit badges…Majored in health science…Inspired by his parents, Robert and Diane, both cancer survivors—as his father survived leukemia and continues to work as a police officer in Salt Lake City, and his mother survived breast cancer and is a retired school teacher…Full name: Scott Lewis Young.

TITUS BROWN

59

Linebacker

Height: 6-3

Weight: 245

College: Mississippi State

Birthdate: March 27, 1986

How Acquired: FA – ‘08

Year with Browns: R

Year in NFL: R

Career Transactions: Signed by Miami as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 1, 2008…Waived by Miami on Aug. 31, 2008…Signed by Cleveland to the practice squad on Sept. 1, 2008.

College: Four-year letterman at Mississippi State during which he played in 44 games, with 30 starts, and totaled 170 tackles, 37 TFL, 18.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 1 recovered fumble…As a senior in 2007, had a career-high 8 sacks and added 43 tackles, 13.5 TFL and was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection…As a junior was a second-team All-SEC pick with 14.5 TFL and 7.5 sacks.

Personal: Born on March 27, 1984 in Tuscaloosa, Ala…Attended Hillcrest high School in Tuscaloosa, Ala…Played linebacker and also lettered in track…Majored in interdisciplinary studies at Mississippi State…Full name is Titus Markeith Brown.

OMAR CUFF

28

Running Back

Height: 5-10

Weight: 195

College: Delaware

Birthdate: Sept. 24, 1984

How Acquired: FA – ‘08

Year with Browns: R

Year in NFL: R

Career Transactions: Signed by Tennessee as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 2, 2008…Waived by Tennessee on Aug. 31, 2008…Signed by Cleveland to the practice squad on Sept. 1, 2008.

College: Played 41 games with 34 starts at Delaware where he ran for 4,364 yards and 65 TDs, and caught 129 passes for 1,256 yards and 8 TDs…As a senior, started all 15 games and recorded career highs with 1,945 rushing yards and 35 TDs on 398 carries…Caught 55 passes for 554 yards and 4 TDs…Voted All-American by Walter Camp Foundation, The Sports Network, American Football Coaches Association, College Sporting News, and the Associated Press and was voted first team All-Colonial Athletic Association…As a junior, only played in seven games, starting five, because of an ankle injury...Recorded 541 yards on 124 carries and 8 TDs and caught 31 passes for 277 yards…As a sophomore was third-team All-American and first team All-Atlantic Conference…Recorded 1,205 yards on 249 carries and 14 TDs, and added 41 receptions for 414 yards and 4 TDs…As a freshman, played in eight games starting three and tallied 673 yards on 154 carries and 8 TDs.

Personal: Born on Sept. 24, 1984, in Landover, Md…Received a degree in Theater Production with a minor in Black American Studies…Recorded over 4,000 all-purpose yards at Roosevelt High School (Greenbelt, Md.) and then C.H. Flowers in Springdale, Md…Won the indoor 300-meter and 4x400-meter relay regional championships as a senior…Full name: Anthony Omar Cuff.

CHRISTIAN GADDIS

63

Offensive Lineman

Height: 6-4

Weight: 300

College: Villanova

Birthdate: Oct. 5, 1984

How Acquired: FA – ‘08

Year with Browns: 1st

Year in NFL: 2nd

Games Played/Started: 2007 (1/0).

Career Games: 1 game, 0 starts.

Career Transactions: Signed by Buffalo as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 3, 2007…Waived by Buffalo on Sept. 1, 2007…Signed by Buffalo to the practice squad on Sept. 2, 2007…Signed by Buffalo to the active roster on Nov. 14, 2007…Waived by Buffalo on Aug. 31, 2008…Signed by Cleveland to the practice squad on Sept. 1, 2008.

Seasonal Reviews:

2007: In his rookie season with the Buffalo, spent the first ten weeks on the Bills practice squad…Signed to the active roster on Nov. 14, and appeared in one game…Listed as inactive for five contests…Made his NFL debut in the regular season finale at Philadelphia on Dec. 30.

College: As a senior in 2006, served as team captain and started all 11 games at center…Earned first-team All-Atlantic accolades…Finished his Wildcat career starting 33 consecutive games…Helped the Villanova offense average 337.8 yards of total offense per game…Majored in communications.

Personal: Born on Oct. 5, 1984 in Jacksonville, Fla…Attended Miami Country Day High School…Earned varsity letters in football, basketball and lacrosse…Team MVP in 2001…First-team All-Dade County football performer in 2000 and 2001…Named second team All-State in both 2000 and 2001…Totaled 232 tackles, 16 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 7 recovered fumbles during his high school career.



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