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Connor Shaw among 11 Browns undrafted free agent signings

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The Browns cleared some room for undrafted free agents on Monday by releasing five players, including quarterbacks Vince Young and Alex Tanney.

The arrival of Johnny Manziel in the first round may have hastened their departure, but it didn’t stop the Browns from including another signal caller among the 11 undrafted free agents whose signings were announced on Monday.

Former South Carolina starter Connor Shaw is the new quarterback in Cleveland. Shaw went undrafted after starting 32 games for Steve Spurrier, but did take some visits during the pre-draft process. He’s a bit undersized and struggled with injuries during his collegiate days, but could wind up earning the job as the third quarterback over Tyler Thigpen if the Browns aren’t worried about having two rookies at the position. If not, the practice squad is also a possibility.

The Browns also announced the signings of Southern Illinois fullback Ray Agnew, Oklahoma State defensive lineman Calvin Barnett, West Virginia defensive back Darwin Cook, running back Isaiah Crowell, offensive lineman Anthony Dima, San Jose State wide receiver Chandler Jones, Vanderbilt wide receiver Jonathan Krause, Oregon State offensive lineman Michael Philipp, Florida State wide receiver Kenny Shaw and Ball State wide receiver Willie Snead.

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26 Responses to “Connor Shaw among 11 Browns undrafted free agent signings”
  1. fwippel says: May 12, 2014 4:59 PM

    Connor Shaw is a keeper. Any SEC QB with a 24-1 TD to INT ratio during his senior season is worth looking at.

    Shaw is a leader and a winner. He’s tough, scrappy, and has the ability to will his team to victory (ask the Missouri Tigers about that). His personality is the exact opposite of Manziel, and that should make for an interesting training camp and preseason.

  2. rajbais says: May 12, 2014 5:01 PM

    Vanderbilt wide receiver Jonathan Krause???

    Jordan Matthews was available!!!

    Browns in the toilet.

  3. reesesteel23 says: May 12, 2014 5:03 PM

    Shaw > Manziel

  4. iamdinguskhan says: May 12, 2014 5:06 PM

    Bye bye Vince! Just when they were getting to know you…..maybe that’s why they cut you. Not a big fan of Manziel but he’s going to be fun to watch

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: May 12, 2014 5:16 PM

    What will Cleveland do when Shaw wins the QB competition? O.o

  6. sir937 says: May 12, 2014 5:20 PM

    Willie Snead has a chance to become a very good receiver. All this kid did was make plays. He catches the ball away from his body, and has very soft hands. He elevates when he needs to and can outrun defenders. This was a great pick up from the Browns. How he wasn’t drafted still doesn’t make sense to me.

  7. abqpacker says: May 12, 2014 5:28 PM

    At some point in the future, Shaw will be higher on depth chart than Manziel.

  8. raynman49 says: May 12, 2014 5:47 PM

    Johnny should be looking over his shoulder. This guy’s got IT.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: May 12, 2014 6:03 PM

    Poor Vince Young.

    Whatever.

  10. classyjacklambert says: May 12, 2014 6:03 PM

    Connor Shaw is a great guy with a strong desire to win and a lot of heart. Unfortunately he was just never a very good QB. He’s smart but lacks great arm strength and accuracy. He’s a system QB that was rarely asked to do much but he could be a serviceable back up.

  11. TheMorningStar says: May 12, 2014 6:06 PM

    Yes he has everything, except the opportunity to say he was drafted.

  12. ytownie says: May 12, 2014 6:28 PM

    Three wide receivers, wow!! We’ve just doubled our roster of healthy and available WR’s

  13. brownsmakemecrazy says: May 12, 2014 6:54 PM

    Yeah dont take McCarron, Murray, or Mettenberger but take Shaw. farmer is as clueless as all the other Browns previous GMs. Amazing how the Bengals, playoff team, got 2 players Jeremy Hill and AJ McCarron, perennial losers didnt want.

    Thats why the Browns are the Browns. Another double digit loss season for 2014

  14. shays82clev says: May 12, 2014 7:00 PM

    Shaw doesn’t have a average NFL arm. I read that he was the only qb at combine who couldn’t throw the football over 50 mph. He is super smart and probably could play in the west coast offense but e won’t ever be a vertical offense qb.

  15. kwjsb says: May 12, 2014 7:11 PM

    I guess Shaw’s agent thought the Browns were still using the Cleveland Clinic

  16. gbatap says: May 12, 2014 7:25 PM

    Not to say Shaw is Russell Wilson but he has all the same traits that probably give him the best shot at being the “Russell Wilson” of this draft. He’s smart, tough, an incredible leader, and overcomes his short coming with determination and competitiveness. He’s not the greatest athlete but he’s a great football player. Should make for an interesting camp.

    If he doesn’t stick with a team he already has plans to enlist. That right there should tell you enough about his make-up. The U.S Army would be lucky to have him.

  17. janessa31888 says: May 12, 2014 7:26 PM

    ANY receiver is better than Greg Little hands. He cant catch a cold.

  18. jcu098603 says: May 12, 2014 7:32 PM

    Hey guys, give Shaw a chance! I’m from northern Ohio and am a die-hard Browns fan but I’ve been down here at the University of South Carolina for all of Shaw’s career and have watched every single one of his games. He’s not flashy but he’s a leader and a winner. Honestly, I think he’ll give Johnny a run for his money (and I like the Manziel pick). For those looking for proof, watch the end of the Missouri vs. S. Carolina game last season.

  19. thetooloftools says: May 12, 2014 7:32 PM

    Conner Shaw is a hitter.

  20. robsaia says: May 12, 2014 8:30 PM

    Shaw and Chandler Jones are GREAT pickups. Spurrier says Shaw is the best QB he ever has coached. The guy is tough and a winner. Chandler Jones is the all-time leading receiver at SJSU. He ran a 4.34 forty at his pro day.

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 12, 2014 11:10 PM

    I understand why Shaw went undrafted but all he did at SC was win. Undefeated at home. Kind of guy that finds a way to win.

  22. toddbuckz19 says: May 13, 2014 10:25 AM

    Brian Hoyer is going to start over both

  23. salsendardo says: May 13, 2014 11:13 AM

    The kid has heart and could be decent down the road. Butm he isnt going to beat out Hoyer or Manziel.

  24. markburst says: May 13, 2014 4:48 PM

    Really… Manziel won a heisman and was a finalist again his Sophmore season. Shaw was not even in the conversation for those awards for 3+ seasons of play. Shaw will be on the practice squad this year… his best chance will be in the pre-season, if he can attract interest from another team with his performance that would add him to their 53 man roster they would claim him before he hit the practice squad.

  25. horizonbts says: May 14, 2014 6:07 AM

    Finally the Browns get smart. I wasn’t very high on Manziel, but admitted I was excited, and was ready to wait and see. Now the Browns do something smart and give him some solid competition with both Hoyer and Connor Shaw!! Look out Dawg Pound, Shaw could be our man. Anyone remember Brian Sipe? I heard all the trash talk about him, watching games and sitting in Municipal stadium, then all of a sudden he was our man, and one of the last good QB’s we had besides Kosar!!! Perhaps real soon I can be proud to wear the colors again!! Manziel and Hoyer better be looking over the shoulders!

  26. fanme57 says: May 14, 2014 3:33 PM

    Shaw’s biggest asset is his attitude.
    But attitude can take you a long way.

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