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Chudzinski happy with direction of team

Posted Aug 31, 2013

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is happy with the direction of the team after the roster was trimmed to 53 players Saturday.

Shortly after the Cleveland Browns trimmed their active roster from 68 to the NFL-mandated 53 players on Saturday, coach Rob Chudzinski spoke on the decisions made by the team’s front-office and coaching staff.

Chudzinski said he felt good about where the team is heading.

“I’m happy with what we’ve done and what we’ve been able to put together, with the direction that we’re going,” Chudzinski said. “We’re building for sustainable success. That’s our process of doing that. We’re excited about getting into the season now and getting a chance to go play some teams and do this thing, and I know the team feels that way as well.

“Our approach was to keep the best players at this particular time of this cut-down. We’ll address more specifics at each position in the next few days.”

The Browns wound up keeping five undrafted free agents -- defensive back Josh Aubrey and offensive linemen Martin Wallace and Caylin Hauptmann, as well as linebackers Paul Hazel, and Eric Martin. Chudzinski called that “a tribute" to the scouting department.

“I think it’s a tribute to (the undrafted free agents) as well, their attitudes in making a team, not just being with a team and being happy,” the coach said. “They’ve worked hard, and again, we wanted to have the type of environment where guys could earn it, and these guys showed that.”

Aubrey started for the Browns during the preseason when injuries beset the secondary, and finished the four-game exhibition schedule with 15 total tackles, including 10 solo stops.

“Josh, he really did come out of nowhere. Just thinking back to the spring, seeing how much progress he’s made since the spring, he’s really come a long way and done a nice job, and gotten to the point where we trust him. He’s gone into games in the preseason and shown very well.”

Two of those undrafted free agents, Hazel and Martin, were waiver-wire claims by the team earlier in the week.

“We like their pass-rushing ability as outside ‘backers,” Chudzinski said. “They have flexibility to play defensive end as well, in some of the sub situations. Again, up front, having the guys up front is a starting point. Being a little heavy there is not a concern. We’ll continue to monitor; we have some flexibility with different positions and we’ll monitor that. It’ll be a fluid situation there, too.”

After a light workout on Sunday, the Browns will begin full-scale preparations for their Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Miami on Monday.