Browns promote RB Dontrell Hilliard in effort to bolster special teams

DB Jeremiah McKinnon waived

Daryl Ruiter
October 09, 2018 - 1:43 pm
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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – With the special teams unit lagging significantly behind the progress the Browns have made to date this season, the front office and coaching staff continues to search for answers to their biggest question.

On Tuesday they made another move they hope will help by signing running back Dontrell Hilliard from the practice squad to the active 53-man roster. To make room, defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon was waived the team announced.

Hilliard, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Tulane, could provide much needed help in the return game where the Browns average 5.7 yards per punt return and 19.6 per kickoff.

During the preseason, Hilliard totaled 82 yards on 32 carries and two receptions for 28 yards.

McKinnon, who assisted on one special teams tackle in his debut against the Ravens, spent the first four weeks of the season on the practice squad before being elevated last week and there’s a chance he could be re-signed to the practice squad after clearing waivers.